Internet Safety Month
June is Internet Safety Month and a great opportunity to make sure children are safe online. Predators, identity thieves, and a wide array of scam artists use the Internet to commit technology-facilitated crimes against children.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Protection (OJJDP) is working to keep kids safe online by supporting 61 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces throughout the country. These task forces are made up of law enforcement investigators, forensic experts, and prosecutors. Their coordinated efforts help state and local law enforcement agencies develop effective responses to cyber enticement and child pornography cases.
Parents are a crucial partner in the effort to make the Internet safer for children. They should carefully monitor their children’s use of computers and decide if unique accounts or parental controls are needed. The National Crime Prevention Council offers tips for parents, advice for kids, Web monitoring software, and a kid-safe browser. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offers tools for parents, educators, and law enforcement officers, as well as an interactive Web site for kids. OJJDP also supports a number of Internet safety education and awareness programs, such as i-SAFE, Enough Is Enough, iKeepSafe, and WebWiseKids.