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Published October 12, 2009, 10:30 PM

Cyberbullying & Sexting Are Serious Problems

The Grand Forks Police Department wants parents to be aware of new types of serious problems, like cyberbullying, sexting, and internet crimes.

By: Casey Wonnenberg, WDAZ

The Grand Forks Police Department wants parents to be aware of new types of serious problems, like cyberbullying, sexting, and internet crimes. Monday night officers held an internet safety session for parents. Officers say crimes like cyberbullying and sexting are happening here in Grand Forks.

Parents need to know what they can do to prevent their child from being a victim or the abuser.

Officer Sue Shirek, the Grand Forks Middle School Resource Officer, says, “Do your research, and if you don't understand the internet, it is your child's world, so make sure you find out what they're doing.”

Darin King, the Grand Forks Schools’ Technology Director, says, “I think information is key to dealing with what our kids are being faced with today.”

King says he's heard about cyberbullying first-hand.

“I think it would be naive to think there's no problems that happen,” says King.

So what do parents do to try to prevent these crimes?

Officer Shirek says, “Be nosy. Look and see what your kids are doing. Read the history. Search on Facebook. Look and see if you can find your child online. Google them.”

If you or your child is a victim of cyberbullying, you should save the text message or email but not reply to it. You should also tell someone you trust. Officer Shirek says you should let the police department know about it.

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