Parents share how to keep children safe from online predators - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Parents share how to keep children safe from online predators

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Tazewell County Man Busted for Growing Marijuana

    Tazewell County Man Busted for Growing Marijuana

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:04 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:04:51 GMT
    Roger Lee Sparks, Jr.Roger Lee Sparks, Jr.
    A Richlands man is in custody after Tazewell County Deputies find $350,000 worth of pot, including 115 plants and more than a pound of harvested marijuana, and guns in his home.
    A Richlands man is in custody after Tazewell County Deputies find $350,000 worth of pot, including 115 plants and more than a pound of harvested marijuana, and guns in his home.
  • Officers In Tazewell County Work To Keep Your Holiday Travel Safe

    Officers In Tazewell County Work To Keep Your Holiday Travel Safe

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:50:12 GMT
    Police patrolling the roads this Labor DayPolice patrolling the roads this Labor Day
    According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected to hit the road this Labor Day. Many police officers are out in force to keep you safe.
    According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected to hit the road this Labor Day. Many police officers are out in force to keep you safe.
  • After fatal McDowell County crash, Troopers caution against drinking and driving over Holiday Weekend

    After fatal McDowell County crash, Troopers caution against drinking and driving over Holiday Weekend

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:00:38 GMT
    While many are safely celebrating Labor Day, State Troopers want to caution everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving.The West Virginia Department of Transportation says over the last 5 years in the Mountain State, almost 800 people have been killed in a drink driving crash just during Labor Day Weekend. Troopers released these pictures from Sunday morning's fatal crash to show the consequences drinking and driving can have.Read full story on Sunday morning's fatal crash in McDowell ...
    While many are safely celebrating Labor Day, State Troopers want to caution everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving.The West Virginia Department of Transportation says over the last 5 years in the Mountain State, almost 800 people have been killed in a drink driving crash just during Labor Day Weekend. Troopers released these pictures from Sunday morning's fatal crash to show the consequences drinking and driving can have.Read full story on Sunday morning's fatal crash in McDowell ...

The dangers of social media are now at the forefront of many parents minds.

59News talked with parents in Raleigh County to find out how much they sensor their children's sites.

With predators having easier access to their prey by way of technology and social media continuing its popularity with today's youth, parents told us monitoring their child's interactions have never been more important.

"I have kids and I worry about it a lot that they will be vulnerable to bullying or a predator, those things I'm scared to death of that. And I think parents should take the right steps to make sure their child is protected," mother Brittany Cook said.

Parents shared with 59News their rules on their kids social media.

"She's allowed a limit of an hour on facebook talking to her friends that her mother knows," said Grandmother Carol Bennett.

Bennett told us why all the rules and regulations.

"For instance, through someone you just met and you're chatting, you don't know if that's not a man next door or a sexual molester in the neighborhood. You don't know who you are talking to," she said.

Cook has 3 children and although none of them have their own social media profiles yet, she already knows how she plans on keeping them out of harms way.

"Put up blockers. Monitor everything they do through web history. Put it on private, definitely make sure the parents are fully aware of who your friends are. Make sure you know them on a very personal level, not just somebody that you are an acquaintance with," Cook said.

If you think something suspicious is going on, report it to www.WVCrime.com or call your local State Police Detachment.