CHOA child protection expert discuss tips about how parents can protect their children online

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With smartphones, tablets and other tech devices being readily available, research suggests almost all children under 12 are now internet users.

Angie Boy, a child protection expert and the program manager of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children, says perpetrators know how to look for vulnerable children online, on gaming platforms, and through social media apps.

On Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Boy said that it’s important to put some boundaries in place before allowing children to go online and use technology devices.

“You want to talk to them about not sharing personal information online, and [reminding] younger kids… that people on the internet are strangers,” explained Boy.