On the heels of a ‘Dateline NBC’ investigative report exposing sexual predators who attempted to lure young teenagers into sexual encounters, MSNBC’s Alison Stewart welcomed John Shehan from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children to Tuesday’s MSNBC Live to discuss how parents can keep their kids safe online.
“It’s dangerous in the fact that while that child is online for hours and hours at a time, they’re seeking something, whether it’s assurance, whether it’s a friend, that child predator is going to be online, they’re going to read those online blogs, they’re going to be in chatrooms, and they’re going to be looking for children,” he said.
Shehan noted that there are several things that can be done by parents to keep their kids safe.
“First and foremost, parents need to educate themselves before they can even talk to their children about the issue,” Shehan said, noting that most parents know far less about the internet than their children.
There is even an interective learning center that will help parents learn more about online safety for children..