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Social Media: Keeping Kids Safe

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There's unlimited availability to social media through smartphones, iPad, and computers. Technology allows almost anyone to communicate and share personal information over the internet.

As a parent, it might not always be easy keeping tabs on your kids in the cyber world.

Whether its Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, social media can cause concern for parent.

Scott McCormick says he wouldn't characterize social media as being a problem, but it can lead to problems. Along with Dana McNeil, McCormick is a member of Bozeman's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, focusing on protecting kids from their own behavior and the behavior of adults online.

They investigate issues including sexting, cyberbullying and child exploitation, but they also focus on kid and family internet education.

McNeil says the main question parents ask is what to outlaw.

He says with social media changing so quickly, it's hard to find the right things to outlaw.

“You are always going to be behind the curb if you take that kind of attitude. So we tell parents it's really pointless in trying to have a complete understanding of what this app does or what this app does. Ultimately it comes down to if you know your child and your child feels comfortable coming to you,” McNeil said.

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