AG: Parents…Protect Your Kids Online
Friday, June 13, 2008
(ALBUQUERQUE)--- 13-year old Julie kissed her brothers goodnight just before getting into 56-year old Tom’s truck and heading to Reno. Julie met her kidnapper Tom on the Internet. Tom was sent to jail for 25 years. This type of story repeats itself all too often.
By U.S. Senate proclamation, June is National Internet Safety Month. In observance, New Mexico Attorney General Gary K. King’s office is reinforcing the importance of protecting our state’s children from such Internet crimes as sexual predation, cyber-bullying, identity theft and computer viruses.
More than half a million children under age 18 live in New Mexico. The following tips are offered to help keep youth safe while online.
The family computer should be placed in a common room in the home. This allows parents or other responsible adults to monitor computer activity. Since children may have access to computers outside the home, it is important to set rules for using the Internet. Report the following to Cybertipline.com or 1-800-843-5678:
1. Your child receives inappropriate images via email, IM or cell phone or
is asked to meet in-person someone they only know online;
2. Experiences cyber-bullying online or on their cell phone.
3. Keep in mind, personal computers are not the only way kids can live chat with people they do not know. Game consoles are sometimes connected to the Internet for live chat with friends and strangers while game playing.
4. Know your children’s online names and passwords.
5. Blocking software can make the Internet safer for children. Some options include blocking chat rooms and downloads; filtering specific web sites; recording users keystrokes and more.
More tips are available in our Internet Safety Guide, available at Attorney General’s Office locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces or visit our Web site at nmag.gov and click on “Publications.”