uKnowKids Provides Sexting and Online Predator Prevention Tips and Resources for Residents of Pittsburgh in Light of Recent News

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With news of a Vandergrift man facing several charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault that stemmed from sexual text messages with an underage boy, uKnowKids and Tim Woda offer sexual predator prevention tips to parents.

If kids close their phones or computers around you, don’t be naive. Make sure children use phones and computers in public areas of the home only.

According to WPXI.com, a 27-year-old Vandergrift man is facing several charges after sending sexually explicit images to an underage boy before eventually having sex with him. The Parental Intelligence System uKnowKids and co-founder and Internet and Mobile Phone Safety Expert Tim Woda, want to offer sexual predator resources and tips to residents of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas so parents can better protect their children from child predators.

Tim offers these tips for parents to prevent sexting and the sharing of inappropriate pictures:

---Make sure you recognize all numbers on phone bill. Kids text all the time nowadays that parent’s don’t always see the faces of their child’s friends. It is important to ask your child about any number that you don’t recognize.

---If kids close their phones or computers around you, don’t be naive. Make sure children use phones and computers in public areas of the home only.

---Pay attention to changes in your child’s behavior. Online predators don’t strike immediately. They will “groom” your child for weeks, sometimes months before they initiate any physical contact.

In addition to tips, uKnowKids has put together a resources page for online predator awareness. This page includes a resources tab, where parents can find infographics, tip sheets, and blog entries about ways to keep their children safe from predators online and on mobile phones. uKnowKids has also created a free eBook entitled “Understanding Digital Parenting: The Essential Guide to Raising Connected Kids” that will also be helpful for parents.

Tim Woda’s own son had a scary incident stemming from an online and mobile phone encounter with a child predator. Since that time, Tim has made it his mission to educate himself about internet and mobile safety and spread the lessons he learned to as many parents as possible. He feels strongly that every parent should be aware of their child’s online and mobile activities so stories like his and so many others never have to happen again. If you are interested in speaking with Tim or want more information about predator prevention tips, uKnowKids or product distribution, email Callie at charris(at)uknow(dot)com.

About uKnow.com

Headquartered in Arlington, VA, uKnow.com makes parenting easier and keeps kids safer online and on the mobile phone. uKnow.com powers the world's leading Parental Intelligence Systems including uKnowKids.com, SocialFirefly.com, aBeanstalk.com, SafeCyberKids.com, MySocialScout.net, P911Safety.com and others. For more information visit http://www.uknow.com

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