Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa teamed up to announce ProtecTeens 3.0, a tool that can be utilized by parents to help keep kids safe from predators while using the Internet and social media sites.
Wasden's website for ProtecTeens features a 25-minute long video that outlines the dangers of the Internet, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and sexting. Wasden is seen on the video urging parents to monitor their children's activities on a myriad of devices, including cell phones, gaming systems, and laptops. Wasden says parents should be vigilant in the fight against pornography and sexual predators and cautions them to familiarize themselves with the lingo that teens use that can often seem foreign to older generations.
The video presentation also features numerous warnings for the state's youth. The video warns teens to be extra careful on the Internet and guides them to not "friend" anyone on social media sites that they do not know in real life. Teens also are told not to take sexually suggestive or explicit images and send them to friends via cell phones because those pictures could have dire consequences on their futures.
The two officials believe this presentation will aid in the prevention of online crimes and will help parents and teens arm themselves with the tools needed to fend off dangerous material on the Internet.
"It has a good discussion of the benefits and risks kids face online, and it can really help parents minimize those risks," said Ysursa.
"This new video addresses many of those changes in technology and includes subjects that were not even on the radar screen five years ago," said Wasden.
You can view Wasden's website for the program and view the video here. Parents can also request a copy of the video, in DVD form, here. Copies feature presentations in English and Spanish.