AUSTIN, Texas — With new games and social media apps popping up every day, parents want to know how they can protect their kids online.

On Tuesday, some parents got educated with a one-hour workshop on internet safety and cyberbullying at the TownLake YMCA in Austin, Texas.

Experts say parental control and other apps on phones can help monitor what kids do and see online to keep them safe.

"We don't want to just say, 'Oh, we're too old for that trend or that app,'" Erin Walter, with TownLake YMCA, said. "If you're a parent, you need to educate yourself about it so you can be engaged with your kids about what they are seeing and doing online."


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The event was part of a 16-city collaboration coordinated by the YMCA to bring Google's "Be Internet Awesome" parent workshops to U.S. families. 

"As technology use among children continues to rise, parents often tell us that they feel they should be doing more to monitor their children's screentime activity and give guidance on responsible digital citizenship," James Finck, YMCA of Austin president and CEO, said. "We are proud to partner with Google to respond to the changing needs of families and to get Google's Be Internet Awesome resources in front of parents."

More than 315 workshops were held at YMCAs throughout the country in observance of global Safer Internet Day on Tuesday. The YMCA of Austin was set to host 17 workshops at its branches and afterschool sites.

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