Attorney General Lisa Madigan releases 2015 Safe Shopping Guide

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released her annual Safe Shopping Guide with tips for parents. (WLS)

Just in time for the holidays, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released her annual Safe Shopping Guide with tips for parents.

According to Madigan, the biggest concern this year is technology that allows youth to access the internet. Online activities can put children in danger.

"You have to communicate, you have to talk to your children, about what they are going to be allowed to do online, what they are actually doing online, and then you actually have to monitor that," Madigan said.

The 2015 Safe Shopping Guide contains tips for parents on creating a positive "digital culture" in the home. It's all about being mindful and paying attention, she said.

"Ninety-one percent of parents believe they are well informed about what their teens do online. The teens say no, in fact, only 21 percent of the parents really know what's going on online," says Madigan.

Additionally, 46 percent of parents don't use parental controls on their children's technology.

Another tip before buying: pay attention to the latest recalls for all things, including clothing, toys and baby gear.

"Parents can look in there and I bet they will find things they didn't see at the time they were recalled," says Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger.

Click here to read the complete 2015 Safe Shopping Guide.

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