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Parents learn latest about smartphone and Internet dangers

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Many middle school students and pretty much every high schooler has a cell phone these days. When plans change, practice ends early or you’re running late, a cell phone can be a parent’s best friend.

But, do you really know what your child is doing with their smartphone when they’re not making calls? Smartphone technology is ever-changing, and with those changes come dangers for children.

“Smartphones are tremendously powerful with what it brings to the table in reference to what we have to protect our kids from,” says Wichita Police Detective Jennifer Wright.

Wright is with the Wichita Police/Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, or ICAC. She’s working hard to educate parents about smartphone features in order to help them keep their children safe from online predators.

“It’s something that comes so natural to them, and to me it’s a foreign thing that I have to learn,” said parent Liz Brunscheen-Carthena.