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Online Safety: For Parents

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
Information for Parents

Operation Triad works to protect our children from crime and becoming victims of crime. Our children represent our hopes for the future, yet they are the most vulnerable in society. Therefore, we need to protect them from that which could harm them. Many do not realize that crimes exploiting children can occur in our homes and at any time. Our children are born in an age where computers and telecommunication technology continues to advance and can provide them with knowledge and experience. But these advances also can provide harm and exploitation to our children by computer-sex offenders right in our own homes via the Internet. Because the "World Wide Web" is a part of many households, schools, and libraries, Operation Triad is determined to protect our children and fight against child sexual exploitation via the Internet and computers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Signs that might indicate your child is in danger on-line:
  1. Your child spends large amounts of time on-line, especially at night.
  2. You find pornography on your child's computer.
  3. Your child receives phone calls from an adult you don't know or your child is making calls, sometimes long distance, to numbers you don't recognize.
  4. Your child receives mail, gifts, or packages from someone you don't know.
  5. Your child turns the computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen on the monitor when you come into the room.
  6. Your child becomes withdrawn from the family.
  7. Your child is using an on-line account belonging to someone else.
Steps to safeguard your children:
  1. Inform your child of the dangers of child sexual exploitation. Be open for conversation, possibly even about your suspicions. Teach them the Rules of Internet Safety.
  2. Monitor your child's computer. Pornography or any kind of sexual communication can be a warning sign.
  3. Monitor your child's e-mail and other electronic communication. Sex offenders almost always meet a potential victim in a chat room.
  4. Educate yourself about the risks involved and take our online quiz for parents.
  5. Have your kids take our online quiz to test their internet safety knowledge.
  6. Immediately file an online report if your child:
    1. has received child pornography
    2. has been sexually solicited by someone who knows that your child is under 18 years of age
    3. has received sexually explicit images from someone that knows your child is under the age of 18
  7. If it is an emergency, contact your law enforcement agency.