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AHS welcomes the public to talk about the dangers of sexting

Members of the Alberta Health Services Public Health staff and the RCMP will be speaking to Grande Prairie parents on Tuesday warning them about the dangers surrounding sexting.

Sexting is the act of using technology to send or receive sexually explicit pictures, messages or videos.

Grande Prairie RCMP Constable Melanie McIntosh says the act of sexting may seem harmless to some youth but can have some pretty severe consequences.

“Criminal charges in some cases, depending on the circumstances. It can also put the youth at risk for various online predators or various online dangers.”

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McIntosh says the ideal situation for any family would be a transparent relationship with between parents and kids, but she knows that’s easier said than done.

“Monitor your child’s activity on their phone and internet and email accounts. It can be, but it’s important that they’re aware of having that connection with their youth, so they can maintain oversight to make sure they’re being safe online.”

The information session will be held on May 7, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Grande Prairie Public School District.

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