Protecting Your Kids Online

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL -- June 11, 2012 --

Six year old Sadiee and nine year old Alex are enjoying their first week of summer vacation.

With school out they're filling their days with trips to the park, playing with their dog and the internet.

"There are some kid safe sites, but I don't want them to just start randomly typing things in."
More free time for kids, means more opportunities for cyber-stalkers and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is asking parents to beware.

Computer Crimes specialist Mike Phillips says parents need to know everything their kids are doing online.

"You need to know their password to not only their computer, but to their websites -- Facebook, Instagram, Tumbler. All these different types of online social media networks."
Another tip is keep computers out of bedrooms. If kids want to go online, make them do it where you can watch.

"Monitoring your children's online activity could be more difficult if they have a smart phone and can access the internet from well, almost anywhere. That's why investigators say it's important to start a conversation about online predators."
Phillips says seven is a good age to start the conversation. He also says new smart-phone software can offer a solution.

"We encourage parents to download programs where they can filter what their kids see or monitor what their kids are doing online.
Good tips for these parents who can watch their kids at the park, but need extra help to protect their children in the growing online playground.

FDLE will be posting tips about how to protect your kids to Facebook all summer. They've also posted tips online at www.secureflorida.org.


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