Glynn County law enforcement offers advice to help parents keep students safe online

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GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. – With the start of school approaching Aug. 9, law enforcement agencies from the Glynn County area joined forces this week to share student and school safety tips for parents.

The Glynn County Police Department, Glynn County Sheriff’s Office, City of Brunswick Police Department and Glynn County School Police partnered together to post 10 safety tips for students to keep them safe online:

  1. Don’t reveal personal information including home address, phone number, or school name and location.
  2. Don’t advertise when you’re not going to be home.
  3. Don’t interact with or accept requests from strangers on the Internet.
  4. Never agree to get together in person with anyone online without parent approval and/or supervision.
  5. Don’t post comments or images involving inappropriate or illegal topics such as threats, nudity, alcohol, drugs or weapons.
  6. Report threatening or inappropriate posts or pictures right away.
  7. Remember anything you post online is permanent, even if you later delete it.
  8. Social media sites should be set to private and only real-life friends should be accepted.
  9. Avoid geotagging photos.
  10. Disable location services.

The internet is an important educational tool for students, the departments said, but online access also comes with risks. Before students head back to class, parents are encouraged to review account privacy settings, establish guidelines around internet use and discuss ways to keep students safe while online.

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A Jacksonville native and proud University of North Florida alum, Francine Frazier has been with News4Jax since 2014 after spending nine years at The Florida Times-Union.