The digital age: How kids can protect themselves online

‘Protect Young Eyes’ hosts seminars for students and parents in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District

The digital age: How kids can protect themselves online

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Parents and children got a lesson in digital dangers Tuesday night thanks to a nationwide organization called Protect Young Eyes. Founder Chris McKenna is traveling across the county to speak about how to protect yourself online.

Pascagoula High School 11th grader Gracie McCormack said she focuses on the positive when leaving a digital footprint.

“I don’t know when somebody’s going to be called home per se, so I like to leave a positive impact or the last thing I say to somebody is positive because you never know when your last day is,” Gracie said.

Leaving a digital footprint is one of the things Chris speaks about, understanding what you’re posting on social media is making an impact.

“It is there forever because people are going to screenshot or screen record or show somebody or take a picture on somebody else’s phone, so it is going to be there. It probably will be sent in group chats," Gracie said.

Chris' lessons target parents too.

“Parents just kept asking me a lot of questions, the same questions over and over again," he said. One of those questions is how much screen time should kids get.

“If when you take the game away or you take the device or whatever it is away, and they respond negatively then they probably have too much screen time," Chris commented. “Another one I get quite honestly is what’s the right age to talk to my kid about pornography?”

If you are a parent and would like to chat with Chris, he’ll be at the Pascagoula Senior Center Wednesday at 7 a.m. The event is free to attend.

Protect Young Eyes: Keeping kids safe in the digital age

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