Internet safety in District 51 schools

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- District 51 is working to be more transparent with parents, especially around more touchy topics like vaping and bullying.

They've been hosting weekly sessions to do just that. The topic Wednesday night, internet and phone safety.

"Parents don't always know what their kids are doing and they're getting into it at younger and younger ages, so we want parents to try and be one step ahead and know what's going on so they can try and keep them safe," Courtney Flores, a school social worker, said.

School resource officer Michael Dixon says sexting is often a problem that catches parents off guard.

"Sexting can result in criminal charges and then just future bullying as well," he said.

At the end of the day, District 51 hoping everyone is on board when it comes to internet safety, so that kids in the community stay safe.

"Kids spend a lot of time here at school and we work with them a lot to teach them about these things but they are also spending a lot of time at home and in the community and we sort of feel like it's a community effort to come together and keep our kids safe," Flores said.

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