Internet safety a concern for youth at home in the summer

BR Lagniappe

POSTED: Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 11:04am

David Ferris with the Attorney General's High-Technology Crime Unit came on BR Lagniappe to share about online safety for youth who are at home this summer . 

Ferris said that parents need to know what kids are doing online, and he suggested that parents - or a family member "friend" the child on the social media sites to keep watch over their online communications.  Ferris also said that the biggest tip that he can offer is to take the computer out of the child's bedroom - that in times past, kids were outdoors more often, now they are inside and online and that's where predators meet them. 

Ferris also instructed parents on some warning signs to look for with their children who do go online.  He instructed parents to look for changes in their child's behavior- if they are usually outgoing and suddenly become withdrawn, then that may be a sign that they have been exposed to something or someone disturbing to them.  Ferris also said that another sign is that the child may suddenly not want to go online. 

He then suggested to parents that another way to monitor their behavior is to buy software that helps monitor their child's access to sites online. 

For more information, visit, or for suspected cases of internet crime call 1-800-256-4506. 

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