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State educators attend symposium on student safety in Yakima

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YAKIMA, WA - One of the biggest responsibilities every school district has is to keep their students safe.

In Yakima, dozens of educators attended a symposium on student safety. It was specifically about the internet and technology and how school districts can work to maintain safety for kids. But it wasn't just educators from the Valley at this symposium, but from all over the state. It also included local law enforcement.

Today's free event discussed challenges for districts that give students tablets or other devices for homework and possible solutions to help protect them.

Parents can do something too, and it's all about communication.

The Washington State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force say it's important for parents to make their kids comfortable with talking to them or another trusted adult if something goes wrong online. 

"Just like we teach our children in real life when they're walking down to the school or to the park, if something makes you uncomfortable to turn around and walk away and seek help," said Kelly Crouch, a strategic adviser for the Washington State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. "We should be teaching them the same thing online."

Kelly also said school districts should be working to build a community with students, parents, local law enforcement and even local prosecutors. That way if and when something does happen they will have a relationship built to address any issues.

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