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Parents must understand tech to protect their children online

Sharon Knowles, CEO of cyber security company Da Vinci Forensics says the online world is full of negative ills and parents need to protect their children against them.

She says that the biggest problem is that parents don't understand technology and it becomes difficult to have discussions about something you have no knowledge about.

How do you monitor your child on Tumblr if you don't know what Tumblr is? How do you make your child aware of social media dangers if you don't know how the privacy settings work on Facebook?

Sharon Knowles, CEO of cyber security company Da Vinci Forensics

The numbers of child pornography are increasing on Snapchat, says Knowles. She says children need to be taught that things on the internet stay forever.

I think you need to create ground rules. You need to speak to your children about being responsible on social media and understanding what is out there...

Sharon Knowles, CEO of cyber security company Da Vinci Forensics

Parents can let children have cellphones at age 13 as this is the acceptable time, says Knowles. This allows them to keep in touch when they are not with you.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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