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Marion County Prevention Specialist: Pay Attention To Your Kids’ Activity Online

Posted: Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 5:52 am
Author: KNIA KRLS News - Karen Overgaard

Internet safety for kids is becoming more important as technology allows more access, and more portability. Pam Bettger, Prevention Specialist from Crossroads of Pella, says the number one problem she sees is parents that don’t pay attention to what their kids are doing with technology. She says to think of the internet in the same way as if the kids are going out for the night, only kids can connect with anybody in the world online. So she says ask who are they talking to, where are you going, how long are you going to be there and what are you doing while you are there. Bettger recommends to keep all technology in a common area at home, so it’s open and visible at all times, and keep phones or other hand-held internet accessible devices in a central location overnight, so kids aren’t taking them to bed.