Law Enforcement Talks About Ways To Keep Kids Safe Online

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Dunmore, Lackawanna County – Keeping our kids safe online. That’s something that’s always on the minds of parents.

Now there’s a new threat that worries some in the law enforcement community.

On Wednesday some members of law enforcement were at St. Rocco’s Church in Dunmore to talk about ways to keep kids safe.

“We try to do what we can to protect our children and the internet is a source we just can’t control,” Danna Morris, an Olyphant resident, said.

Morris, who has a nine year-old daughter, was one of about 35 people at the meeting on Wednesday night.

Members of the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s and other law enforcement office were also there to answer any questions.

“Unfortunately we see, on a regular basis, where there are predators out there,” Lackawanna County Deputy Distric Attorney, Frank Castellano, said.

Castellano told the people in attendance he sees the newest threat as online “Vine” videos.

Vine is a site where users create short videos with their phones and then share them with others.

“We’re very concerned because we’ve seen situations where young people have taken these videos in an inappropriate situation,” Castellano said.

He told Eyewitness News he worries that kids might forget that once those videos are posted that they never really go away. He said in most cases the videos can open the door for a potential predator.

“It can be damaging in a number of different ways,” Castellano, said. “First, of all obviously it can be emotionally damaging. If these videos are of something personal, or something embarrassing it is going to cause them a tremendous amount of hurt.”

Castellano said the best thing parents for parents to do is constantly monitor their children’s activity. He said it’s okay for them to be intrusive because in most instances they can stop any problems before they start.

“Be intrusive as you can,” Castellano said. “Because as a parent you can do that.”

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