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'Delete Day' teaches children safe use of internet, social media

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(KMOV.com) – The internet can be a helpful, informative, and convenient. But it can also be a dangerous place, especially for a child.

Dangers such as online sexual predators is what prompted Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to promote ‘Delete Day.’

Delete Day is an opportunity for Illinois students to learn how to use the internet with precaution and allow them to delete any information that could be harmful to them.

According to the Attorney General’s office, 60 percent of children are not concerned with the amount of personal information they share on their social media accounts. The average age of children when they set up their first social media account is 10 years-old.

To begin this process, Dr. Tim Jordan, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, said parents must let their child prove they are ready for certain levels of maturity.

“You put the ball in your child’s court. You say, ‘As soon as you’ve shown me A, B, and C levels of responsible behavior overtime, you’re teaching me you’re ready for the next level.’ So they need to earn it,” Jordan said.

Jordan said parents also need to let their children know the do’s and don’ts of the internet and monitor their online behavior. 

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