How to keep kids safe online

Kids using electronic devices

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) The average American spends 4.7 hours a day on a cell phone. Teens spend up to nine hours a day. Holly from Wedgwood Christian Services shares some insights on how to keep kids safe online.

One thing to look for is secret phone apps. There are thousands of apps where users can hide pictures and video. One in particular, Calculator%, looks like a regular calculator. It protects photos and videos with a passcode the user chooses.

How to find secret apps on a phone:

  1. Get your child’s phone
  2. Visit the App Store
  3. Type in “secret,” “calculator,” or any other app name
  4. If it says “open,” your child has the app
  5. If it says “get,” your child does not have the app
  6. The cloud logo means your child used to have the app

Your child having two phones is also a red flag. Using a “burner phone” can be a way to communicate with people for drugs or other illegal activity.

Another scam to watch for is someone pretending they found a rare Pokémon on Pokémon Go and asks a child or teen to go with them. Teach your child that even normal looking, clean-cut people can be a danger and to never go with someone they don’t know.

Family Safety Tips

  • Listen
  • Keep the conversation going
  • Stay involved
  • Research

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