Internet Safety

Internet Safety

Internet safety is an important topic to discuss with children.  Online predators search chat rooms and social networking sites for naive and attention seeking children.  The Sauk Prairie Police Department is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  We have teamed up with the Safe Community Coalition and the Sauk Prairie School District to educate parents and children about online safety.

If you encounter child pornography online or on a computer, or your child or a child you know is being solicited online, report these incidents to the Cyber Tip Line at www.cybertipline.com.  The Cyber Tip Line is run by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  It is the national clearinghouse for tips on child sexual exploitation.

Here are some simple online safety rules for parents:

1. Keep your computer in an open area, this will allow you to monitor a child’s online activity.
2. Install parental control software on your computer.  This software can aide you in monitoring a child’s activity.  It is not a substitute for parenting.
3. Keep private information private.  Never give out personal information to anyone you don’t know.  Don’t put personal information on social netoworking sites or in chat rooms.  If you wouldn’t put the information on a highway billboard, then you shouldn’t post it online.

Many more online safety tips can be found at www.netsmartz411.org and at www.netsmartz.org.

For questions about internet safety click here to contact Officer Griffin.