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Posted: 6:00 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013

Police your kids when they use technology


Kids hear the dangers of sexting photo
Phil Skinner
Forsyth County sheriff's investigator Jeff Roe, whose specialty is Internet crimes, talks about sexting to sixth- and ninth-graders at Cornerstone School in Cumming.

Are you doing an effective job monitoring your kids when they're on the Internet? Get some tips on how to "porn-proof" your gadgets.

A new study reported on in USA Today  claims that parents say their kids have inadvertently found porn on the Internet by age 6 and intentionally flirt online by age 8.

In my house, I have a 9 p.m. rule where no one in the house gets online after that hour at night. Such a curfew allows my wife and I to have some chill time to actually have a conversation with each other after the kids go to sleep.

If you have an Apple product, I found a helpful article that tells you how to porn-proof your gadgets so you kids don't see something they shouldn't.

Meanwhile, my 13 year old has been pleading with me to have her computer in her bedroom. But I have a firm rule prohibiting that. My daughter is allowed to use her computer only when she's supervised in a common area like the family's home office.