South Windsor police hold online safety program

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) – Parents are returning to the classroom at Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor for a program called Cops, Coffee, and Conversation.

The lesson being tough is a crash course in social media platforms and how kids are using them because in a world of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, sometimes parents don’t always know what their kids are doing.

“I know that middle school is a tough age and all the social media can really affect a lot of the kids in their daily life at school at home and I feel that a lot of parents need to hear what she’s saying in there,” said parent, Kelli Courtois.

Organizers point out while there may be nothing wrong with a child engaged in social media in principle, all too often problems can and do arise. Officials with the South Windsor Police Department who helped put on the event told News 8 that can at times include bullying, taking inappropriate photos, and in extreme cases may even lead to what happened to a missing 14-year-old Connecticut girl found is Colorado earlier in month, who it’s believed met a 53-yea- old man over social media.

“This is a wonderful town, South Windsor but things do happen here and that child was in a school in East Hartford, even though out of Hartford and had contact with somebody from another state just with social media,” said Tina Ferrante, of the South Windsor Police Department.

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