How to help protect your kids from 'online luring'
Keeping your children safe online seems to get more difficult by the day. Children as young as five are getting tablets and smartphones. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and other apps have become essential to how kids and teens communicate with each other.
And yet, in the decades since children have been using the internet, a host of parental controls and devices have been developed to make it easier to monitor online use. And the new crop of parents are more familiar with the inner workings of the internet than ever before.
One of the most fearsome threats to kids is online luring - the act where a predator attempts to coerce or trick a child from the safety of their homes or schools, with the intention of committing sexual offenses or abducting them.
Parents should use what technology is available to protect their kids, but the most important thing parents can do, experts told Business Insider, is talk to their children about being safe online.
"The best parental control out there is talking to your kid," said Stephen Balkam, the founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute.
Every child and teen is different. There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to keeping your kids safe.
"It has to be a really complicated and layered approach. It really is different for every family, every parent and every kid," said Paige Hanson, chief of identity education at Symantec.
Here's what you need to know about protecting your kids from online predators - including online luring.
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What is online luring?
Don't let your child sign up for social media if they're under 13
iOS and Android parental controls
Third party monitoring apps can help...
...but overstepping can erode trust
Be careful of how your child shares location data
Signing a contract
Make sure any device has a passcode
Above all, have a conversation
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