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Parents attend forum in Suffield in wake of sexting scandal

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Parents attended an online safety forum in Suffield Tuesday night. (WFSB photo) Parents attended an online safety forum in Suffield Tuesday night. (WFSB photo)
SUFFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

With a goal of keeping children safe online and on their smartphones, parents attended a forum in Suffield Tuesday night.

The forum was planned in the wake of a sexting scandal, according to school officials.

Organizers of the forum said it was meant to teach parents how apps like Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram work and what they could hide.

"As a parent, you're concerned about who they're talking to," said Karen Kupernik, a parent.

Kupernik said she drove from Windsor Locks to Suffield to attend the forum at the middle school.

"With all of the apps that we were exposed to in there, there's so many more apps out there that I didn't know about," she said.

The Suffield district received a complaint last month about a half dozen students from the middle and high schools sexting each other.

"Sexting is the sending of an illicit, or illegal in some cases, picture over your mobile device from [one] person to another," said Scott Driscoll, a computer safety advocate.

While police said they are continuing their investigation, parents said they learned about what apps they could download to keep a watchful eye on what their children are doing.

"I've always watched both of my kids because I think they haven't gotten in trouble," said Doriana Vicedomini, a parent. "But you just never know."

The forum was led by Driscoll, who in addition to being a computer safety expert is a former police officer.

"My son uses Snapchat all the time and I found out things that I did not know," Kupernik said.

"That's what scares me," Vicedomini said. "I think there should be a protection in place for kids so they can't do these things without permission."

Driscoll admitted that technology changes each day. That's why he said the best thing parents can do is speak with their children.

"Go over some rules and expectations before we give them the technology and then monitor what they're doing," he suggested.

Eyewitness News reached out to investigators for an update on the sexting case. Police have not responded.

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