Be There: Technology Safety

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  When kids are out of school for the summer, it's easy for them to get in a routine of over-using the internet and other tech devices.

These days kids have access to so many electronic devices, whether its ipods, cell phones, or computers, and for most parents, the kids know more about technology then they do.

Parenting consultant Don Barefield told News Leader Nine a few helpful hints when it comes to monitoring and limiting your child's use of these things.

He says first parents need to know what their kids have access to, then do your research, "It's just going so quickly that if you aren't vigilant, if you don't stay on top of things, you're going to get so far behind the curve, it's going to be hard to get caught up. Do your research, do your homework, ask your kids questions, ask them about technology, sit down with them and go through Facebook, talk about what's appropriate and what's inappropriate."

Barefield suggests sitting down with your child and looking at their Facebook, MySpace and Twitter accounts to see what information they are putting on the web.

He also says parents should make a rule that laptops and cell phones can only be used in public rooms of the house to limit inappropriate activity.

Another tip that a lot of parents don't know about is filtering software for cell phones. We know certain websites can be blocked for home computers, but if your child has a smart phone you can talk to the phone service about blocking sites, and you can set calling restrictions for your kids.

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