Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe While Online

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Let's face it, we're living in a world filled with technology. And for many parents, it's an every day battle to keep their children safe from online predators. It can be difficult for parents to keep up with what children do and who they're talking to when they're using more than one device.

Angela Diener, the program coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club, says it's important for kids and teens to understand that everyone they talk to online might not be who they say they are.

"You might think you're talking to another 14-year-old from a different part of Wisconsin," said Diener, "But really you could be talking to a 60-year-old that lives in New York."

Constantly reminding your kids to never post anything too personal online, like an address or a phone number, is also very important.

Special Agent Matthew Joy, with the internet crimes against children task force, reminds kids to always be careful and aware while they're online.

"Don't accept people you don't know as friends, and don't respond to friend requests from people you don't know," said Joy, "Don't engage in conversations with people you don't know, don't give out personal or private information...and remember that there are risks."

Keeping an open line of communication with your kids about what they're posting online is also extremely important.

And you might think asking your kids for their passwords is an invasion of privacy, but it's actually one of the best ways to keep your kids safe and away from predators.

Diener also hosts a program a few times a year called "NetSmartz" at the local library. She helps spread awareness to parents and children about the dangers of online predators. To sign up for a session contact the Boys & Girls Club of Wausau, at 715-845-2582.

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