Bear Aware: Cyber security, sexting and distracted driving

by Trinity Gruenberg

trinity@inhnews.com

     The Bertha-Hewitt School held a Bear Aware program on January 31, for grades 7-12 rotating between three speakers. 

    The speakers were Kent Mollberg-online security, predators; Dan Huebsch and Steve Cumberford of Community Concern for Youth-sexting and legal consequences; and Matt Logan who lost his daughter to texting and driving. 

Kent Mollberg­

    He was a media specialist for the Detroit Lakes High School and now travels the state educating students about Internet safety.

    How easy is it for an online predator to find your children? Easy.

    Technology belongs to teenagers. They communicate through social media and text messaging.  

    “Teens spend nine hours a day using social media, playing video games ­—using technology,” said Mollberg.

    He suggested downloading an app onto their smartphones, Quality Time for Android and Moment for IPhone. These apps will measure the amount of time your children use their phone. 

    “The Internet is the new wild, wild west. Nobody is in charge,” said Mollberg.

    This is the generation that uses social media as an extension of their lives.

    Internet urban legends are everywhere. The infamous 9/11 photo of a man on an observation tower on one of the Twin Towers with a plane heading towards the building is a hoax. How can you tell if it is real or not? Mollberg suggested using Snoops.com to see if something is fact or fake. 

    Websites that end in .com, .org or .net can’t always be trusted. Sites ending in .edu and .gov can be. The site easywhois.com can be used to look up information on the website’s creator to determine if the website is legitimate....

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