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Smartphones Can Dial Up Danger For Your Children

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Nashville, Tenn-- You protect your children from dangers on your computer. But do you ever think about protecting your children when they use a smartphone? After all they are mini-computers.

Strangers who want your kids could be as close as the Apps on their smartphones.  A recent survey by McAfee shows more than half of kids say their parents know only some of what they do online.  About a quarter said their parents don't have time to check.

Lots of kids connect on Apps like Instagram, Facebook, Snap Chat and the lesser known Skout and Roulette Chat. Criminal experts say young people and even parents, don't always fully understand how easily they can reveal their identity and location.

But you can turn off location services on the phone or the Apps in its privacy settings. Click on each App to see if its accessing the phone, your information or your pictures.
The free App 'Lookout'  will warn you about security risks, tell you how to improve security setting and even tell you which Apps are tracking and revealing your location.

And don't forget to talk to your kids. Experts say communication is better than any software.