LASD Palmdale Station Child Safety Tips: Internet Safety

Palmdale, California - November 12, 2013



The internet is full of wonderful resources which allow us access to an endless amount of information with a click of a button. Unfortunately with a click of a button our children have access and can be exposed to pornography, questionable characters, hate groups, on-line chat-groups, etc. Below are just a few safety tips that can help prevent your child from being exposed to harmful websites on the internet.

  • Parents have to get involved. Have your computer in a common area, not in your child’s bedroom. Parents need to monitor their child’s access to the computer as well as the time spent on the internet. 
  • Learn how to block objectionable material. 
  • Share an email account with your child so you can monitor all incoming and outgoing messages, uploads and downloads. 
  • Do not allow your child to enter private chat rooms. Your internet service provider provides safety block features; use them. There are on-line predators persistently looking for innocent children to be their next victim. 
  • Be aware that posting a message to a chat room reveals a user’s email address to others. Take your child seriously if he or she tells you about an uncomfortable online exchange. 
  • If your child has been befriended on-line by an unknown individual, insist on being "introduced” or immediately “unfriend” the individual. 
  • If your child is spending long hours on the internet, especially at night, receiving phone calls from unfamiliar people, or gifts arriving in the mail, these can be signs your child is being targeted by an online predator. 
  • If you receive any obscene or threatening messages, report immediately to your internet service provider. 
  • Call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800-843-5678) if you are aware of any on-line child pornography. Contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI if your child received child pornography via the internet.

Working together as a community, we can educate ourselves and our children on internet safety to reduce the risk of becoming an on-line victim. If you would like further information on Internet safety, please visit www.kidshealth.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Palmdale Sheriff Station at 661-272-2400 or email Deputy Jodi Wolfe at jewolfe@lasd.org.


Deputy Jodi Wolfe



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