Internet and Email Safety Tips For Parents and Children
The Internet and the invention of the personal computer are perhaps the most significant creations of the 20th Century, offering unprecedented communication tools that link families and friends around the world. It provides users access to an incredible volume of information and is an invaluable tool of the academic and business world.
The Internet can also be a seedy and dangerous place for people of all ages, especially children and teens.
“Internet users enjoy anonymity and that is something that predators crave, a child doesn't always know with whom he or she is interacting and that is why it can be so dangerous. Unless its a school friend or a relative, they really cant be sure.”
Considering that 25 percent of kinds online participate in real time chat and 13 million use instant messaging (IM), the risks of such children interacting, either knowingly or unknowingly, with a predator is alarming.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 89 percent of sexual solicitations were made in either chat rooms or instant messages, and 1 in 5 youth (ages 10-17 years) has been sexually solicited online.
“It’s easy to think of pedophiles as loitering in playgrounds and other places where children play, but because of the way the Internet works, children can easily be interacting on their home computers with predators posing as children.”
The Police Chiefs of Massachusetts wish to offer these safety tips to parents and children and urges parents to report any suspicious activities:
Tips for Children and Teens:
Tips for Adults:
The following websites provide useful
information to aid parents in educating themselves and their children
in safe Internet practices: www.protectkids.com, www.safekids.com, www.missingkids.com/cybertip,
Work-at-Home Scam Alert for Mail Assistants: Internet Independent Workers
Email Spoofing: (Posted February 2009)
The residents of Nahant should be aware of an increase in attempts to gain access to their personal identity information and or financial institutional account information. These attempts are being perpetrated using the internet and email systems. This type of scam is not new, but is becoming more frequent due to the affordability of computers and their additions into more households.
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