4 Internet safety tips for your teen

Keep your kids safe online

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Parents are always looking for advice on how to protect their children online and on social media sites. Here are four tips from Webmd.com:

1. Keep Your Identity Secret

Don't tell anyone your real name & address or what neighborhood you live in. Don't give out any information that a predator could possibly use to find you.

2. Your Username & Password Belong to YOU And Only You

Don't give your username or password to anyone. It's just that simple.

3. Never Meet Anyone in Person that You Meet Online

If the situation feels creepy, it probably is creepy. Just like in the real world, trust your gut instincts -- and walk away.

4. Avoid Posting Photos on the Internet

In terms of bad ideas, this tops the chart. John Shehan from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based in Alexandria, Va., says, "Teens quickly learn the hard way that images are forever memorialized online, and they are almost impossible to delete."

Even "safe" photo apps can turn into a nightmare as one Cleveland-area family discovered.

After a deadend with police, a girl's mother contacted Carl Monday claiming that her 12-year-old daughter was stalked on one of the most popular social apps.

"He started sending I love you pictures. Then it went to sexual stuff,"  she said.

What happened when Carl Monday started asking questions is a must see, we're getting answers tonight at 11 p.m.

List content adapted from webmd.com for expanded info click here.

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