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Published April 27, 2010, 09:49 PM

Is Your Child Safe In Cyberspace?

Is your child safe in cyberspace? It's a question parents asked themselves tonight at UND.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Is your child safe in cyberspace?

It's a question parents asked themselves tonight at UND. Corporal LaVonne Nelson talked to people about the dangers of the internet tonight. She says 19 percent of teens report being bullied or harassed online, but that may be under reported. Nelson says North Dakota laws are behind legally and electronically, but now people can be charged with sexting. She says one third of teens have had x-rated images or videos sent to their cell phones.

"Even if you teach your kids the best lessons, it doesn't mean that they can't still be a victim from somebody else or at somebody else's location," said Cpl. LaVonne Nelson of the Grand Forks Police Department.

"Bullying - we're seeing an increase. We're seeing an increase in the number of calls that we haven't seen in the past, such as sexting," said Det. Mike Iwan, also of the Grand Forks Police Department.

A UND social work class hosted the event as part of Prevent Child Abuse Month.

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