Mom Knows Best...Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Malorie Maddox

If you have a teenager in the home, how much should you monitor their online use? Should mom be allowed to "snoop?"

16-year-old Nic, his sister, Paige, and their family friend Jordan,15, agreed to talk to us. All three admit they love spending time online.

They all three have Facebook pages.

Nic says, "I have 800 and some friends."

Paige says, "I'm on it a lot. I'm newer to it so I watch it a lot."

All three kids know their parents are on there a lot, too. They've told their kids--think twice about everything they post. Their message is getting through.

Jordan says, "Sometimes when I'm mad I'll start typing up a status and then delete it because I'll think maybe not because I'm friends with like, Nic's mom."

Nic and Paige's mom, Carey Oswald says she tracks what all three of her kids are looking at online.

Carey says, "We go ahead and log on when they are not around and see what's going on behind the scenes."

Dina Newsom agrees. She's kept a close watch on Jordan's Facebook since day one.

Dina says, "When my daughter first got on Facebook, I would go through her friend list almost on a weekly basis."

Carey and Dina say with summer approaching-the kids will be in less activities--which means more time online.

Carey says, "I go with the mentality if you break my trust then that's an issue. Just don't break my trust."

The FBI says there are thing you can do to minimize the chances of your kids getting in trouble online:

--Keep the computer in a common room in the house, not in your child's bedroom.

--Always maintain access to your child's online account and randomly check his/her email.

--Spend time with your child online. Ask them to show you their favorite sites

--If your child clicks off quickly when you come in the room, ask what they were looking at and check the computer's history



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