West Fargo discusses the dangers of social media as our kids deal with issues of bullying and harassment

WEST FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) - Social media is a great tool, however it's not all fun and games for children and presents real dangers.

West Fargo Schools and Police teamed up with people in the community to talk about the dangers and what we can do to protect our children.

At an organized forum on social media Tuesday night, issues of inappropriate content and sexual predators were discussed as well as cyberbullying and harassment through social media.

Both West Fargo Police Department and Superintendent Beth Slette agreed that cyberbullying through social media is an issue that our youth faces everyday.

They say it's easy for students to hide behind a keyboard or a phone and say something they shouldn't.

They ask parents to help in the battle against bullying by setting limits and restrictions online and staying educated about what apps your child is using. This will help keep children protected from off the dangers of social media and prevent cyberbullying.

"Know their passwords, periodically be checking who their friends are, who they are snapchatting with, who they are communicating with,” Heith Janke, West Fargo Police Chief said. “Don’t be afraid to have open and honest communications with your children."

"It's really our job as adults to help them make good choices with their social media,” said Superintendent Beth Slette. “Provide them with support and parameters around using social media."

Slette says bullying and harassment through social media is not tolerated and will be addressed whether it happened during school or not.

She says counselors, law enforcement and school staff all work together to make sure there are able to fight against these issues.

If your child is being bullied or the bully, Janke says it’s important to have honest conversations with our children to stop it from continuing.

If you have concerns about your child's social media activity, contact the principal or school resource officer.