How to keep your kids safe online

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - With kids as young as three and four going online, how do you make sure Internet safety is up to par?

"I'd say ever since I was about 4-years-old," that's the age-9-year-old Max says he began to use the Internet.

Some Internet safety experts say that's not surprising.

"Children of younger ages are getting access to the Internet through lots of different digital devices," said Patti Fowler with the SC Attorney General's Office."So I think it's critical that we teach them early on how to be safe on the Internet."

Fowler spoke to a group of third-graders at Ashley River Creative Arts School. While the kids were vocal about the "do's and don't's" of being online, she says it's not too soon to emphasize privacy and to avoid online strangers.

Some kids say they now know what to do with their passwords and for parents who want to start teaching their children at home, experts say the earlier the better.

Fowler is the coordinator for the state's Internet crimes against children task force.
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