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Protecting your kids from online predators

UNION GAP, Wash. - Sarah Cawthron is a sixth grader at Union Gap Middle School and is on the computer almost everyday after school.

"I'm kind of a computer freak," Cawthron said

Cawthron is well aware of online predators and would never talk to one if she was approached in a chat room, she said.

"You should never go online and never talk to anyone that you don't know and don't trust," she said.

However, not everyone is like Cawthron, who is aware of the dangers lurking around in cyberspace.

Some children have a tendency to offer too much information when they are online, said Tony Allen, principal at Union Gap Middle School.

"Students don't realize just how they are setting themselves up by providing information that they should not be (giving) to strangers that they know (are) online," Allen said

Students at Union Gap Middle School are lucky enough to have a program called Missing, which teaches the students about online predators and why they shouldn't give out personal information," said Allen.

Parent also need to get involved and teach their children about the dangers, he said.

"Check the history of their kids and what they are doing," he said. "Be able to look at their browsers and find exactly what sites (they're) visiting."