Internet Safety and Awareness
Instant Messenging and Online Chat
Your Online Profile and Information You Allow Others To Have
Internet Users - Beware!
People get a false sense of security using the internet because they are accessing it from their own homes. You might get the feeling that you are completely anonymous, totally safe, the people that you contact online will never find personal information about you, let alone contact you in person. Don't be the next one to find out through a tragic incident that this kind of thinking is very wrong!
Parenting in the e-age
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT YOUR CHILD MIGHT BE AT RISK ON-LINE?
Your child spends large amounts of time on-line, especially at night.
You find pornography on your child's computer.
Your child receives phone calls from adults you do not know, or is making phone calls, sometimes long distance, to unrecognizable numbers.
Your child receives mail, gifts, packages from someone you don't know.
Your child quickly turns the computer monitor off or changes the screen when you come into the room.
Your child becomes withdrawn.
Your child is using an on-line account belonging to someone else.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MINIMIZE THE CHANCES OF AN ON-LINE EXPLOITER VICTIMIZING YOUR CHILD?
1. Communicate, and talk to your child about sexual victimization and potential on-line danger.
2.Spend time with your child on-line.
3.Keep the computer in a common room in the house, not your childs bedroom.
4.Utilize parental controls provided by your service provider and/or blocking software.
5.Always maintain access to your child's on-line account and randomly check your child's email.
6.Teach your child responsible use of the resources on-line.
7.Find out what computer safeguards are utilized by your child's school, the public library, and at homes of your child's friends.
8. Understand that even if your child was a willing participant in any form of sexual exploitation, that he/she is not at fault - he/she is the victim.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILD IS COMMUNICATING WITH A PREDATOR ON-LINE?
1.Consider talking openly with your child about your suspicions and the dangers of computer-sex offenders.
2.Review what is on your child's computer.
3.Use Caller ID to determine who is calling.
4.Devices can be purchased that show phone numbers dialed from your home phone.
5.Monitor your child's access to all types of live electronic communications and monitor your child's email.
6.If any of the following situations arise you should immediately contact your local law enforcement agency, the FBI, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:
a.Your child or anyone else in the household receives child pornography;
b.Your child has been sexually solicited by someone who knows your child is under 18 years of age;
c.Your child has received sexually explicit images from someone who knows that your child is under 18 years of age.
WHAT SHOULD A PARENT TELL THEIR CHILDREN ?
Instruct your children:
a. to never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they meet on-line;
b. to never upload (post) pictures of themselves onto the internet or on-line service to people they do not personally know;
c. to never give out identifying information, such as their name, home address school name, or telephone number
d. to never download pictures from an unknown source, as that is a good chance there could be sexually explicit images
e. to never respond to messages & bulletin board postings that are suggestive, obscene belligerent, or harassing;
f. that whatever they are told on-line may or may not be true.
The U.S. Customs Service has a special task force to handle Internet child pornography complaints. 1-800-232-5378 (1-800-BE-ALERT)
Scams, Fraud, and Telemarketing Schemes
More information regarding scams, fraud, and telemarketing schemes will be coming soon.
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