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A parent's guide to your tech savvy teen

 Whether it's a phone, a tablet or a laptop, kids are being exposed to digital devices at a younger and younger age.  That early exposure also gives them a technical edge over their parents who, more often than not, did not grow up in today's digital world.

"They've been born and are being raised in a digital world and us as parents, we're trying to catch up with our kids," said mom and blogger Tiany Davis.

When kids have a device that gives them access to the whole world, parents have a whole new realm of responsibility.

Davis says her four boys are on some sort of digital device every day.  Davis herself, works online running several websites, including a local parenting blog.  She says protecting her kids online is a daily challenge.

"I don't think a day goes by that I don't talk about their online safety in one way or another. Maybe it's just a little, hey what are you doing?" said Davis.

The Davis house also has strict rules about when and where devices can be used.  For example, no devices are allowed at the dinner table or in bedrooms.  Anything with a screen has active parental controls that can filter and restrict websites, videos, music and apps.  Davis also advises not sharing any passcodes or passwords with your kids who could accidentally share personal information.

However, restriction is only half the battle. Hackers and predators have other ways to break through your family's firewall, and right into your children's curiosity.

Computer forensic examiner Sgt. Brian Blache explains that the more information posted online, the more a person is exposed.  Even limited online profiles can reveal vital information to predators.

"They don't realize that the folks on the other side may not be who they say they are," said Blache.

In his job, Blache often uses public photos and comments on social media to gather clues about where a person may be, who they may know or what they may be involved in.  Predators can use info like that to try and strike up a relationship.

"The children tend to be more trusting, because they haven't had the experience," said Blache.
Then, there's what kids do to deceive parents.  Blache says geek speak, or acronyms, can be a hurdle for parents. While most, like "LOL" are well known and harmless, some are more sinister and used to ask for pictures, drugs or sexting.  CNN recently published this 
list of 28 acronyms that parents should know:

1. IWSN - I want sex now

2. GNOC - Get naked on camera

3. NIFOC - Naked in front of computer

4. PIR - Parent in room

5 CU46 - See you for sex

6. 53X - Sex

7. 9 - Parent watching

8. 99 - Parent gone

9. 1174' - Party meeting place

10. THOT - That hoe over there

11. CID - Acid (the drug)

12. Broken - Hungover from alcohol

13. 420 - Marijuana

14. POS - Parent over shoulder

15. SUGARPIC - Suggestive or erotic photo

16. KOTL - Kiss on the lips

17. (L)MIRL - Let's meet in real life

18. PRON - Porn

19. TDTM - Talk dirty to me

20. 8 - Oral sex

21. CD9 - Parents around/Code 9

22. IPN - I'm posting naked

23. LH6 - Let's have sex

24. WTTP - Want to trade pictures?

25. DOC - Drug of choice

26. TWD - Texting while driving

27. GYPO - Get your pants off

28. KPC- Keeping parents clueless

The internet can also be a parent's best asset.  Everything parents need to know about restricting devices, decoding texts and even monitoring their kids digital activity can be found online. Here are a few links we found:

For general internet safety: http://www.onguardonline.gov/

For tips on protecting kids online: http://batonrougemoms.com/internet-safety/

Instructions for setting parental controls for Apple products: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201304

Instructions for setting parental controls for Windows: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/set-parental-controls#1TC=windows-7

However, Davis says the best tool, is also the lowest tech.  She says it's important to talk with your kids and show that you're interested in their activity.  She says it's also important to trust your kids.  While she has strict digital rules now, she says her boys will earn more freedom as they get older.

"Start early and often with lines of communication about online safety, the good, the bad the ugly of the online world because it is a blessing but there's also that flip side," said Davis.

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