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Buyer beware: recalls, technology dangers pose threat for holidays


Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is encouraging families to take extra precautions during this year's holiday shopping season.

The attorney general released the annual 2015 Safe Shopping Guide, Madigan gives descriptions and supplies photos of nearly 100 children's products recalled in the last year, including toys, children's furniture and play sets.

Among the items listed on the guide are Disney pencil cases, a Peanuts airplane pull-toy sold at Target and a Pottery Barn Darth Vader water bottle.

Toys recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission should not still be on store shelves, however, officials say they could show up at secondhand stores or discount websites.

Madigan also says parents should have some understanding of which their children are doing with the technology being given them.

“While there are many benefits to our kids using technology, there are pitfalls and dangers every parent should be aware of," Madigan said. "Luckily, implementing a few rules and practices can promote safe and positive online experiences for our children.”

To help parents navigate these issues, this year's shopping guide also includes tips to create safe and positive online experiences for children of all ages.

  • Maintain open communication with your child about technology and the appropriate uses of it.
  • Make sure your child knows they cannot be anonymous on the Internet.
  • Talk to your child about what should never be posted online and the dangers of posting too much information.
  • Explain that posting online is just like writing in permanent marker – it cannot be erased.
  • Engage your child in continuous conversations about how to behave online.
  • Complete a “use agreement” with your child and talk about respecting others online. Establish and enforce household rules for technology usage.
  • Discuss why strong passwords are important, how to create them and the need to keep them private. Obtain all passwords for devices and apps.
  • Stay informed on your child’s Internet habits, review their user history and observe their social media activity. Know who their friends and followers are.
  • Be aware of changes in your child’s behavior that may indicate cyberbullying.
  • Never threaten to take away your child’s phone or Internet access. This could prevent them from approaching you in the future about online problems.

Click here to see the full 2015 Safe Shopping Guide.

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