School teaches parents social media safety

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (WISH) – The Brownsburg Community School Corporation and its police officers are working to protect students online.

The district is hosting a meeting to educate parents specifically about social media.

The goal is for parents to navigate social media like their kids do, including:

  • Familiarizing parents with new websites and apps used by students.
  • Teaching the language kids use.
  • Alerting parents to any warning signs.

School representatives say the goal is to keep kids safe.

“It’s changing so fast because kids are getting it younger and younger and younger,” said Vicki Murphy with the Brownsburg Community School Corporation. “I have a fourth-grader that’s begging for an Instagram account, and I’m not real sure she’s ready for that yet because she has to be responsible enough to learn that. One of our officers is going to talk about tonight how you have to be 16 to drive a car, but you don’t have to have any sort of license to drive the Internet and these apps on your phones.”

The class is called Digital parenting presentation: Raising children in a social media world. It’s at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brownsburg High School, 1000 S. Odell St. in Brownsburg.

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