COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - With summer break just around the corner and schools letting out, kids will have more downtime to be on social media.
According to Internet Service Partners, Georgia ranks number seven as the most dangerous state for kids online and Alabama comes in at number six.
Children ages nine to sixteen spend at least two to three hours a day online and experts say parents should open the conversation at home about the use of social media.
Parents should talk about how to stay safe by encouraging them to come to you about what they should and should not post on social media or if they are even at the age to be on social media.
Georgia ranks high in online predators and kids this age are left at a higher risk to become victims.
"Georgia's ranking 7th as the most dangerous state for kids online largely stems from its high rate of victims of internet crime according to FBI data in 2016 alone," said Hilary Bird, PR Specialist with Internet Service Partners. "There were a reported 6,700 complaints of online crime in Georgia, particularly in Columbus there was just recently a massive sting operation of online predators that resulted in the arrest of 76 people."
Parents should pay attention to how much time your child spends online and talk about how to set up online profiles without giving away too much personal information.
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