How much do you know about your child’s online activity?

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A two-part workshop in Wichita is aimed at helping you learn more.

There’s no denying the Internet is a great resource for kids.

It provides an outlet for socializing, schoolwork and learning new things, but it can also be a dangerous place.

While plenty of parents are active online themselves, there’s a lot they might not know about when it comes to their kid’s online activity.

A series of workshops in Wichita is aimed at changing that.

In a two-part series, the K-State Research and Extension Education Center is teaming up with the Exploited and Missing Child Unit or EMCU to educate parents on keeping their kids safe online.

The workshops will be presented by an EMCU detective who knows firsthand what dangers are out there.

KSN spoke with experts who say simply being more aware of what your kid is doing online and who they’re talking to can help prevent things like child solicitation and human trafficking.

While those seem like extreme cases, they say it’s something they see all the time right here in Kansas.

And often times, problems can arise from kids simply sharing too much information with people they don’t know.

“That could leave their home open to a burglary. It could open them up to identity theft based on the information the child puts online and the child puts out to their friends,” said Sgt. Jeffrey Swanson, with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Elizabeth Brunscheen-Cartagena is a mother herself and says this information is important as kids are using new technologies at a younger age.

“I have more experience,” Brunscheen-Cartegena said. “My child will think that I am invading their privacy but it’s protection.”

The workshops will both help parents understand computer devices and parental controls as well as explain different apps and websites that are commonly used by kids.

“Parents need to know what their children are doing, where they’re going, who they’re talking to, who their friends are, what chat rooms they’re on, what web pages they’re visiting,” Swanson said. “It’s the parent’s responsibility to keep their child safe by knowing that information.”

Today’s event is from 6-8 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Extension Center followed by a second workshop Thursday, May 5.

The cost per couple for the two-series workshops is $20. That money goes back to the program itself.

Interested in registering? For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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