Back 2 School - Dealing With Technology and Kids

Green Bay, Wis. (WBAY) Action 2 News wants to help you and your family get ready to go back to school.

We know dealing with kids and technology is one of the biggest challenges parents face.

On Action 2 News This Morning Wednesday, Kathryn Bracho spoke live with De Pere and West De Pere school resource officer Dennis Gladwell about some of the problems smart phones and social media can create for kids.

Officer Gladwell says parents should make sure kids are keeping social media in perspective-- and not trying to rack up followers and likes.

They also shouldn't friend or follow strangers, but stick with people they know and trust.

He says parents should also let kids know they're going to monitor their phone use.

He says kids shouldn't keep their phones in their rooms with them at night and that's a great time for parents to check them.

Nighttime is also primetime for cyberbullying, he says.

Officer Gladwell says if your child is affected by cyberbullying, kids should not respond to those bullies.

He says parents should take screen shots of the bullying comments or photos and share them with the school resource officer, counselors, or, if threats are involved, other law enforcement officials.

Officer Gladwell says parents can be technology role models, by not texting and driving, and putting down their own phones and taking part in other fun activities with their kids.