Kids and catfishing

1:06 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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(NBC NEWS) -- Everyone should be concerned about falling prey to internet scams, especially parents.

"We need kids to be aware, we need them to use the right types of technologies and tools to protect themselves and the kids around them," says McAfee chief privacy officer Michelle Dennedy.

Dennedy suggest parents use the ongoing Manti Te'o scandal to teach their children.

"It's a good teaching tool. I'm sorry that it had to happen to this young man but I'm certainly using this story in my own home as an example," Dennedy says.

She says have a conversation with your child the way you'd tell them about the birds and bees, with an emphasis that online you never talk to strangers either.

This can also be a reality check for parents, as well.

It's a good time to brush up on texting acronyms, or code your child may be using that they don't want you to crack.

"9 means a parent's in the room, 9-9 means it's free and clear again," Dennedy explains.

Accept the fact, she says, that they've become savvy, but emphasize you want them to stay safe.

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