Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

A comuter keyboard is seen - File / Photo: Ami Vitale/Getty Images

A comuter keyboard is seen – File / Photo: Ami Vitale/Getty Images

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Technology can be helpful, but you also have to be careful especially when it comes to kids and social media sites.

With some tips on how to keep our kids safe online, is CNET technology expert Sree Sreenivasan.

Should parents have kids’ passwords?

Sree said that’s probably minimum for kids under 15.

At what age should kids be allowed on Facebook and Twitter?

Facebook says users must be at least 13-years-old. But some parents help their younger kids create fake accounts. Sree said that’s a very bad idea. In addition to the dangers online, it spurs a culture of lying.

“Why rush it?” Sree said. “The longer you can delay, the better it is.”

Is there any way for parents to know when their kids are surfing these sites, even when the parents are not at home?

Sree said children shouldn’t be on a screen for more than two hours.

There is software to help you monitor your their activity. One piece of software is called NetNanny. Windows and MacOS also have parental settings.

Do you have any other tips for keeping your kids safe online? Share them in the comments section below.