Parents need to start online safety education early, experts say – Florida News

Parents need to start online safety education early, experts say – Florida News

Kevin Robinson , krobinson4@pnj.com
8:24 p.m. CT June 14, 2017

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Organizations like the Monique Burr Foundation and Cyberwise.org have some simple best practices for helping kids stay safe while navigating the internet. (krobinson4@pnj.com)
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People who grew up or raised children in the 1970s and 1980s will probably remember those old public service announcements that asked, “It’s 10 p.m., do you know where your children are?”

In those days, it was enough for parents to know their children were at home in their bedrooms for them to be considered safe. Not so much today.

These days, parents also have to ask themselves, “Do you know who your child is texting? Do you know what photos they’re sharing on Instagram? Do you know what videos they’re posting on Facebook Live?”

As technology becomes more common and integral in children’s everyday lives, it’s becoming more challenging for parents to monitor and protect their kids from the dangers lurking online.

In the Pensacola area, the community recently suffered a tragedy involving a youth and social media. Investigators say Naomi Jones, 12, was kidnapped and killed by an convicted sex offender from Alabama. Though he did not give specific details, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan has indicated Naomi interacted with her alleged killer on…

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