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Online Safety Tips for Kids

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COLUMBUS, KANSAS -

Just because school's out, doesn't mean it's time for kids to stop learning.
But now, it's on parents to be the teachers and protectors when it comes to online safety.

"We just talk about like what's appropriate to talk about. What's appropriate to follow, what's appropriate for people to follow her" says Stephanie Reynolds, a Columbus parent.

Some parents choose to eliminate the internet all together.

"My daughter will be a sophomore. She does her work at the library because they have free wifi and everything. She goes to the library to do her homework. So we kind of eliminated the threat right there" says Travis Kitch, also a parent in Columbus.

Some parents choose to closely monitor.

"I might be overbearing but I have my daughter's Instagram on my phone. I can see her chats, I can see who requests her. I can see who follows her" says Reynolds.

But all parents are encouraged to have a conversation.

"We also want them to try to explain to their children that sexual predators may be posing as another child around the same age and has similar interests. When the reality is, it's a sexual predator" says Sheriff David Groves.

Because in this day and age, your child doesn't need to be in the physical presence of a predator to be harmed.

"More and more kids are getting access to those electronic devices and online capabilities. We are seeing more and more cases investigated that are the result of predators trying to engage those kids and solicit"

 Sometimes it can feel like you're being overbearing but your kids' safety is priceless.

"It's not bring a bad parent when you're trying to be there for your children Your children think you're just trying to be in their biz but you're not. You're just wanting for them to be safe" says Kitch. 

The sheriff's full press release with tips on weather safety plans and other general advice on being home alone is right here.

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