DOJ rolls out new internet safety tool for parents and kids

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice along with the Department of Public Instruction have teamed up to create a 30-minute online course to teach parents and families about online safety.

The program is called "Interact!" It's designed for parents and guardians to complete together with their children with the goal of sparking conversations about online safety. The course takes about a half an hour to complete. It gives parents the opportunity to review their own technology use and has interactive activities for them to complete with their children.

According to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, frequent discussions with parents about what kids do online have been show to be the biggest influence in children's online behavior. The program empowers parents with the tools they need to help sent guidelines for their kids and better understand what they might be finding online.

The program was created with the help of the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

“We have more work to do to raise awareness about the importance of online safety,” said Attorney General Josh Kaul. “This course, developed by experts at DOJ and DPI, will help Wisconsinites keep their families safe online.”

“Creating and maintaining safe and supportive schools includes internet usage and safety. This tool provides an opportunity for meaningful and important conversations among parents and guardians, their children, and their schools." State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said.

Click here to participate in the e-course.

For more information about DOJ's online safety programs, click here.