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The Memorial Day weekend is here and with it, the traditional beginning of summer. For all of you, KSL hopes it is an enjoyable, and especially, a safe summer.

Drive safely if you’re traveling. And play safely whether camping, hiking and boating or engaged in any number of other traditional summer activities.

This year, though, our safety concerns have been broadened by a recent series of reports on the Eyewitness News.

More and more young people of Generation M – that’s Generation Media – will spend countless hours this summer, not playing outdoors, but cloistered in front of computer screens or glued to their cell phones and other hand-held devices.

They’ll play popular games, some of them extremely violent; or get involved in text messaging, at times using vulgar shorthand; or surf the Internet, perhaps even its seedy side.

For the safety of their children, it is important for parents to know what’s going on. Become familiar with what the kids are doing. Supervise computer and cell phone use. Don’t hesitate to impose time limits and content restraints. Talk with them about what they watch and play and experience.

Keeping children safe in a media driven world during the idle months of summer requires more than merely protecting them from physical harm in the outdoors.

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