Luther Strange teams up with Facebook to promote online safety

Luther Strange teams up with Facebook to promote online safety

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Spain Park parent and teacher Karen Dillard has a child in middle school who uses social media. She says she takes steps to make sure he is protected.

"We monitor his activity; we keep tabs on posts," said Dillard.

It's something Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says all parents should be doing.

"There are predators out there on the internet looking to disguise themselves to meet young children. Frequently we work closely with federal officials and local officials to make sure that's a top priority, we're vigilant about that," said Strange.

Strange's office is working with Facebook to get the message out about safety, privacy and - something kids and teens might not be thinking about - their online image.

"Things that get put out on the internet, on Facebook can come back to haunt you later in life when applying for job or college. Want people to be sensible and understand that," Strange said.

The Attorney General's Office brought Facebook employee Brooke Oberwetter to Spain Park High School on Tuesday night to talk about online behavior and how important it is to be aware of what's happening online.

"I think the most important thing for teens when it comes to online safety is knowing who your audience is. That means every time you put something on Facebook, be aware of who is going to see that," said Oberwetter.

Oberwetter and the Attorney General's Office are encouraging teens to not be afraid to report bullying, harassment and inappropriate content on Facebook. They are also being told to remember they can easily block users.

For more information and tips on how to control your information on Facebook, visit this website: http://www.ago.state.al.us/Page-Internet-Safety

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