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Keep your children safe by monitoring their social media online

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Dominick Wright. (Source: Harris County Sheriff) Dominick Wright. (Source: Harris County Sheriff)
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A Harris County girl is safe with her family after being taken from her home by a man more than twice her age, whom she apparently met on the Internet.

Dominick Wright is accused of contacting the 16-year-old girl using a social media site and driving from Cobb County to Harris County to meet her for a sexual encounter.

Now, it's not good enough to keep an eye on your children when they are outside the house because now the predators can reach them inside too. With computers and mobile phones a stranger may be talking to them at any time of the day, and there's no way to know for sure unless you are paying close attention.

One mother says she has the password to every website her teenage son uses.

"I log on to it and take a look at it from time to time, so I don't really worry about it," says mother Latasha Crawford.

So what should you do if your child tries to make a secret account, or visit an off-limits site without telling you?

"When he does, I usually go back into the Google history to take a look at what he's been looking at lately. Because I know with teenagers, sometimes they'll let you know what they're keeping tabs on, but sometimes they won't," says Crawford.

Many sites like Facebook allow you to adjust the security setting of your child's account to allow more or less privacy.

Parrenting.com suggests you keep an eye on the messages your children send and what type of pictures they are posting of themselves.

"Monitor their friends, go through their friends. If the parent doesn't know them, if the parent doesn't recognize them as one of their friends, say 'Look, you don't need to be their friend, I don't know this person, I don't want you being friends with them.'"

Some social media sites like Facebook do not allow anyone under the age of 13 to have an account, but because anyone can lie about their age, it's a policy that's hard to enforce. That is why it's up to parents to make sure their child isn't using Facebook underage.

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