Knowing your child's online login ID and password info

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Several years ago I worked with a family and their daughter at the age of 13 met a man online who she thought in the beginning was 13 years old as well. After 3 years of talking online and even video chatting, she decided to go and meet him for the first time. She didn't tell anybody she was going. So when she didn't come home from school that day, mom had access to her email and was able to quickly find that she had agreed to go and meet this person. This was not a 16-year old boy, but a 45-year old registered sex offender, and his plan was to take her across state lines. If mom had not had access to her email, I don't know if we would have been able to find her as quickly as we did. It's very important that you have access to your kids' online world. You should have all of their accounts, user names, and passwords, written down on a piece of paper. If your child is older and doesn't want you to spy on them, seal it in an envelope, but know that in case of an emergency, you always have access to that information.

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Lori Getz, M.A.

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Since 2004 Lori has worked as an Instructional Technologist in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and is certified by isafe.org as an Internet Safety Specialist. In September 2008 Lori founded Cyber Education Consultants and began speaking to students, parents, and educators about Internet safety, security and ethics.  Since that time Lori has reached out to Internet users across the world!  Her mission is simple- to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers. 

Today, Cyber Education Consultants provides workshops, professional development and consulting services to more than 100 schools across the country.

Lori is an educator, mother, and Internet safety expert.  She has appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show," "Today," "HLN," “Dr. Drew” and several other local news and radio programs (including the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS FM).  She often lectures live, speaking to parents, teachers and students. Lori has been published in several areas including as an online expert for momlogic.com and kidsinthehouse.org.  Most recently was featured in Rachel Simmons’ new edition of “Odd Girl Out” and Lucie Hemmen’s, Ph.D “Parenting a Teen Girl.” She is currently working with the “I Have a Plan” series to develop a children’s book on online safety.  Her insight comes from both her professional and personal life working with children, tweens and teens.  

 

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