Target 8: Protecting your kids online

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — With new social media apps popping up every other day, it’s tough for parents to keep up on what’s safe for kids.

Target 8 showed you why the latest texting app to catch on with our kids could put them in danger. Police are warning parents that predators are texting kids over the ‘kik’ messaging app. After Target 8’s investigation into kik aired Sunday, a sex offender called us to warn parents that the danger is real.

If you’re struggling with how to restrict your teen’s access to the Internet, check out these resources.

The Digital Kids Safety Guide is updated quarterly by its creator Chris McKenna, a youth pastor at Cornerstone Church in Caledonia. He has made it a mission to keep up on the newest apps and parental control software. He breaks it all down step by step in his guide.

>>PDF: Digital Kids Parent Guide

McKenna also hosts a Facebook group where you can ask questions about cyber safety and kids.
Here’s a link to the government agency that helps parents keep their kids safe online. Across the country, Internet Crimes Against Children task forces are fighting internet predators and educating parents on how to do the same.

On Feb. 5, digital safety expert Chris McKenna participated in a online to answer your questions about keeping our kids safe on the Internet. Read the archive of the chat below.


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