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Jan 5, 2012 11:30 PM by David Jay

Facebook manager talks with parents about protecting kids

BILLINGS - Cyber-bullying, sexting...and on-line predators. Facebook provides the tools for parents to help their children guard against these potential social media problems.
About 120 heard about social media and how to deal with the problems that can affect children, at Lewis and Clark Middle School Thursday night.
Senator Jon Tester invited a Facebook public policy manager to talk about what parents, grandparents and teachers can do to keep children safe.
About 460,000 people in Montana use Facebook.
Facebook promotes authenticity over anonymity for its users.
Just as in other areas of children's lives...parents can guide them through social media.
"You ought not be giving out information you wouldn't give up in a one on one conversation," said Senator Tester. "So you think before you act and if we can educate students and adults because if this gets on the internet, it's there forever. And you can make some mistakes, so think about it, so you don't make the mistakes and have the tools so you don't have the pitfalls to begin with."
Billings Mayor Tom Hanelm, Lt. Governor John Bohlinger, Attorney General Steve Bullock, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and School District Two Superintendent Jack Copps participated in the forum.

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