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Students partner with law enforcement to create PSA's, educate viewers about dangers of social media

Posted at 7:18 PM, Mar 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-14 19:18:12-04

Social media keeps family and friends connected. But, it can also put danger at the fingertips of children and teenagers.

The Crimes Against Children Task Force tries to educate both parents and children about the dangers minors face online. 

"Our message is be careful about what goes out on the internet, what you're posting, whose commenting on those," said David Frattare, Director of Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. 

Trying to get their message out, ICAC partnered with the Ohio Media School to help spread their message. Students in Rafeeq Roberts' class were given an assignment to create a public service announcement to educate parents and their children - win-win situation for the agency and the students.

"It's not just about the grade. It's hands on experience for them," said Roberts.

The best two were selected. One is titled "Videogames." It serves as a reminder that while videogames can be fun, they can also let child predators into a child's world.

The other, called "Sharing Too Much," shows the dangers of using apps that show the user's location to both friends and strangers.

"I think you can learn so much more by doing it, hands on, more than reading a book or taking a course on line," said Taya Wiley who was part of the team that created "Sharing Too Much."