Internet Safety Tips for Parents

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The Internet, a series of computer networks, provides you with access to a wealth of information on virtually any subject you can imagine. However, because the Internet is open to anyone, and largely unregulated, there are potential risks in using the Internet, particularly for children. Protecting your children from people who might abuse or exploit them starts with paying attention to your child’s use of the internet.

For more information about keeping your child safe online, see these websites:

Reporting Suspicious Activity
If you or your child become aware of dangerous or illegal activities, such as the transmission of child pornography, online enticement, potential sexual exploitation, or any attempt to make inappropriate contact with your child or any minor, report it to your local police, or the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Computer Crimes and Electronic Evidence Laboratory (203) 639-6400 for Connecticut residents), or to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
Search by program name: Computer Fraud/Child Exploitation/Internet Crimes

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SOURCE: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children CyberTipLine; Safekids.com; FBI; Federal Trade Commission
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED:January2017