The Department of Homeland Security wants teenagers to stay safe online. A special agent visited Bothwell Middle School on Wednesday to talk about online behavior and safety. The lecture was part of the department’s I-Guardian program.
Special Agent Todd Wilton said in an age of social media, predators can find victims through many online channels. He talked to the school’s sixth grade about what is and isn’t appropriate online.
“That’s kind of the idea, to make them aware of the tactics that predators are using, so that way they’re aware and they know what to look out for and what to do in case they are encountered by somebody that they don’t obviously need to be encountered by,” Wilton said.
Wilton also advised students to never send suggestive or revealing photos to anyone.
Project I-Guardian said many online crimes against minors happen when the minors aren’t aware of how dangerous online environments can be.