Steps in educating children about internet use, setting reasonable rules and guidelines for computer use, and limiting access.
The advent of the Internet has changed the manner in which certain crimes are committed. Now, someone sitting behind a computer in a different part of the State, a different State or even a different country can reach out across the Internet and with the click of a mouse, steal, threaten and, sometimes, do far worse. Internet crime has posed a challenge for law enforcement, but it is a challenge that we are meeting. Law enforcement agencies from all over the State and the United States are cooperating with each other to insure that those who use the Internet as a vehicle to commit crime are found, wherever they might be, and brought to justice.
The links below will take you to sites that promote Internet safety. They are a good place to start learning about what you can do as a parent to insure that your child’s time online is, before anything else, safe.
Child Internet Safety Sites
The following links will lead you to sites with information on Internet Safety. These sites are independent of, and have no relationship with, the Monmouth County Sherrif’s Office. In short, we have no control over and are not responsible for their content.
NetSmartz – NetSmartz is “an interactive, educational safety resource to teach kids and teens how to stay safer on the Internet. NetSmartz combines the newest technologies available and the most current information to create high-impact educational activities that are well received by even the most tech-savvy kids.”
WiredSafety – One of the largest and most comprehensive Internet safety sites. They label themselves The Largest Internet Safety Organization Since 1995. Their executive director is Parry Aftab, Esq., an attorney who specializes in Internet law.
SafeKids.Com – According to USA Today, SafeKids.Com is “A complete safe-surfing kit and collection of information for parents. This site lays out the rules, the risks, the products and the issues.” (Operated by Larry Magid, who is a columnist for the L.A. Times)
Disney’s Internet Safety page – Disney’s guide to Internet child safety. Tips on safe surfing, a list of child-friendly sites and information on filtering tools for parents.
GetNetWise – According to their site, “GetNetWise is a resource for families and caregivers to help kids have safe, educational, and entertaining online experiences.” GetNetWise is operated by a coalition of major Internet industry corporations and public service organizations.
A Parent’s Guide to the Internet – This is another site run by Parry Aftab, Esq., which is based on her book A Parent’s Guide to the Internet …and how to protect your children in cyberspace.
2smrt4u.com – An initiative between NCMEC and the Postal Inspectors to encourage teens to practice safe, smart habits when posting information about themselves on social networking Web sites and blogs.
Yahoo! Safely – An Internet Safety resource for kids and parents from Yahoo!.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – As the nation’s resource center for child protection, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spearheads national efforts to locate and recover missing children and raises public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation.
OnGuardOnline.gov – Provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.