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Internet Safety Tips

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - The Internet in our society has become a very powerful tool. It allows us to research information, chat with other people any where in the world, purchase items and a multitude of other things. It also has a dark side. A side full of hatred, fraud, pornography and many other criminal acts.

During Nation Crime Prevention Month the Kentucky State Police would like all parents to be aware of the dangers of the internet to our children.

According to a report from the Nation's Youth Crimes Against Children Research Center, Statistics show:

Most parents would never turn their children loose in the physical world unsupervised, however, we sometimes forget about the dangers of the cyber world where children can get into a lot more harmful situations than they can in their own communities. The children of today are growing up in a time when the internet has revolutionized the way we communicate and access information, for this reason children are typically more computer savvy than their parents.

Parents can protect their children by making themselves familiar with the Internet, know what sites their children are visiting and by making household rules about Internet usage. The rules should cover such things as:

Keep the lines of communication open, let your children know it is ok to tell you if they receive something that upsets or makes them feel uncomfortable. Never blame the victim. If your child tells you about an upsetting event online, don't blame him or her. How you react will affect how much he or she shares with you in the future. Consider using a family-safe or child-safe search engine or a filter, blocking, or rating system. This is one way you can be sure children won't have access to questionable material.

If you think you or your family have become a victim of a Internet related crime, contact a law enforcement agency in your area and your Internet service provider. You may also consult one of the following agencies for further assistance:

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Web:  http://www.missingkids.org

Federal Trade Commission for Consumer Fraud, Auction Fraud, etc.
Web:  http://www.ftc.gov

U.S. Department of Justice
Web: http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/reporting.htm

Contact Information for the Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police
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