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How Safe Are Your Children
When They’re Online?
Many parents believe that if their children are using the
Internet at home they’re protected. But an Internet connection
is all a predator needs to invade your home and
threaten your child’s safety. According to a report by the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:
are sexually solicited.
1 in 5 children who regularly use the Internet
1 in 17 are harassed or threatened.
or are asked to meet.
1 in 33 receive an aggressive sexual solicitation
the child’s home.
70% of aggressive online solicitations occur in
report it to authorities.
Less than 10% of those children who are sexually solicited
What’s Being Done?
Catching those who use the Internet to prey on children
and bringing them to justice is one of the most important
functions of my office. In addition to prosecutions, the
Nebraska Department of Justice:
to educate our kids about the dangers that lurk online.
I have traveled the state talking to students about how
they can protect themselves. Additionally, we established
April as Internet Safety Month in Nebraska to further
Works with the State’s Educational Service Units (ESUs)
Against Children Unit to capture and convict Internet
predators. Unfortunately, there is no limit to the number
of predators that lurk online. It takes only a moment
for an investigator posing as a young girl to be
Works closely with the State Patrol’s Internet Crimes
closed several legal loopholes related to the “entrapment”
defense used by Internet predators, it also
increased the punishments for those who were caught
enticing a child under the age of 17 online.
Successfully passed LB 943 in 2004. This law not only
and teachers can go to learn more about Internet safety.
Created the safekids.ne.gov Web site where parents, kids
Internet Tips For Parents
How can you keep your kids safe? Below are some tips to
consider when it comes to your children’s Internet use:
find kid-friendly sites.
Explore the Internet with your children and help them
information like name, address and phone number
in a chat room, to online pen pals or on electronic
Tell your kids they should avoid giving out personal
to their customers. If they don’t, consider purchasing
software that can filter online activity when you’re
Use an online filter. Most Internet providers offer a filter
and follow the rules.
Set online rules and make sure your children understand
information, that includes information about your
family and where they attend school.
Learn more by visiting
Teach your children the meaning of private and personalwww.safekids.ne.gov.
For Young Adults
The Internet provides new freedoms to young adults, but
with freedom comes responsibility. Learn how to protect
your family and yourself from online dangers:
talking to your parents.
NEVER agree to meet an online acquaintance without
Never assume someone is who they say they are.
to an online pen pal or someone you met in a chat
room unless you talk to your parents first.
Never give out your phone number, address or photo
Internet at home, school, the library or a friend’s house.
Always follow these guidelines whether you’re using the internet
Sometimes it is difficult to tell your friends “no” when
they want to visit a questionable site, or to refuse an
online pen pal who wants a photo and your home address.
But the word “no” is the best tool you have to keep
you and your family safe.
you can do to keep yourself
Topic source: www.safekids.ne.gov.
Image source: Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly