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A dangerous website parents should be aware of

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

'Talk to Strangers!' It's a dangerous thing, but websites like Omegle, make it an exciting.

"Yeah it's a very real threat, that kids get on there, and they don't think, they trust everybody," said technology expert Andrew Bard.

Once you enter the website, you click to text or video chat. Technology pairs you up with a chat partner, anywhere in the world. You don't have a screen name, or a login, just a "stranger," chatting with "you."

Friday there were more than 15,000 "strangers" using the site.

Many are calling it a 'pedophile's paradise.' Some parents have even discovered their children exposing themselves to complete strangers.

Bard says there are some things you can do to keep your kids away from these types of sites.

He says you can turn on parental controls.

"What you can do through there is say well I'm allowing them to go to these 10 websites, and any website outside of that, you have to have a password," said Bard.

Or, he says you can replace your Internet router, with a paid subscription service.

"What you're paying for each year is a subscription service where these people go out, look at all these new websites and they catalog them for you," said Bard. "So as websites come out, the figure out ok is it a hobby site, is it a news site, is it a social site, is it you know a bad site, and you can check of these categories and say I want to be able to go to these, or I don't."

But he says at the end of the day, it's about keeping your kids away from the site, not the site away from your kids.

"You just need to manage your kids," said Bard. "I mean truth be told, they can get around any of this stuff, and it doesn't really address the problem. If they want to go to these sites, there must be a reason why, it needs to be addressed."

He says teaching your kids to steer clear of these sits, is all a part of a conversation you should have when teaching them about cruising the Internet.

"This is no different than being on the Internet now, than teaching them how to drive when they're 16, they need to know how to use the stuff, and they're going to have to use the Internet, but they need to know how to use it right," said Bard.

He says it's also important to teach them how to use websites like Facebook, so they don't provide personal information.

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