Communication can help protect children from ‘sextortion,’ parents told

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Parents learn more about 'sexting' protections for children

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UPDATE @ 11:05 p.m. (Jan. 29):  Regular and healthy communication is one of the best weapons to protect children from the dangers of sexting, sextortion and online predators.

That’s one of the key messages as many as 30 parents and guardians heard at a summit convened at Dayton Christian High School.

Some parents said information about the topics was worse than they imagined. Others expressed worry about apps and devices predators could use to track the movement of their children.

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"I’m not as hip as my kids are and frankly there's a lot of things I just don't know," one parent, Brent Hendricks, told News Center 7's James Buechele on Monday night.

Katie Reynolds, an administrator at Dayton Christian said a lot of protecting children is about talking with them about the dangers that are present.

It's easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of information that's in the public domain, she said, but healthy and regular communication often can be among the best safety measures.

"Honestly I think it's almost impossible to put a total hold on it, but you have to do the best you can," she said.


Dayton Christian School will hold a parent summit on Monday, Jan. 29 to educate area parents on pornography and sextortion.

The session will address current trends in teen use of electronics, and their risk of exposure to sextortion, pornography, online predators and bullying.

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The summit is part of a yearlong series at Dayton Christian, covering topics from media wars and pornography to bullying and suicide prevention.

Monday’s event is open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. at Dayton Christian School, 9391 Washington Church Road in Miamisburg.

“Young children and teens are facing increasingly complex issues at earlier ages. Helping kids navigate through them can be overwhelming for parents,” said Katie Reynolds, director of guidance and assistant principal at Dayton Christian High School.

“We want to come alongside them, equip them and encourage them in the extremely important and sometimes difficult task of parenting.”

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