Tips for keeping your child safe online

5:46 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children there is no greater risk to your child's safety than meeting an predator online. Because that predator will do whatever he or she can to meet your child in person. They gave us tips on how to keep your child safe online.

Laurie Nathan with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said, "It starts with parents having conversations, frequent conversations, with their children about what they are doing online."

Do not hesitate to ask questions if your child is acting suspiciously. Approve all photos and videos before your child posts them online. Make sure they do not reveal identifying information and are not sexually inappropriate.

"One of the things that we urge parents to do is to have conversations about what makes a healthy relationship, helping your children understand boundaries so if someone has crossed the line or has asked for a new image of yourself or asked you questions that make you feel uncomfortable that it's important to report," said Nathan.

Always look for warning signs. If you think your child is in danger file a report and contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.  

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