The internet serves an important role in the lives of children, teenagers, and young adults. Not only does the internet serve as a valuable educational tool, it also serves as a vehicle for entertainment and social interaction purposes. We all live in an online world where information, regardless of content and context, it not only at our fingertips but is obtainable almost immediately. This reality can and often does present unique challenges and exposes our youth to unnecessary and unwarranted risk.
MCC Public Safety in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention wish to recognize the month of June as National Internet Safety Month. MCC Public Safety is committed to assisting all audiences; from children, to parents, to guardians, to educators in the prevention of all unnecessary and unlawful risks associated with internet usage in our community. While you can’t watch kids and their internet activities at every given moment, we as a concerned and enlightened community can educate and guide our youth so they may benefit from the positive aspects of internet usage and avoid and report illicit and unwarranted activity.
MCC Public Safety encourages you to visit the following informational websites for additional information regarding safe internet practices. MCC Public Safety urges you to do the single most important think you can do to protect kids from internet usage risk and that is to talk to your children, teenagers, and young adults about the risks associated with internet use.
Crimes Against Children Research Center: https://www.unh.edu/ccrc/
U.S. Department of Justice Project Safe Childhood: https://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/
NetSmartz Workshop: https://www.netsmartz.org/index.aspx
U.S. Department of Justice Cyber Tipline: https://tcs.cybertipline.com/knowthedangers8.htm
NCMEC Online Predator Recognition and Prevention Program: https://www.missingkids.com/adcouncil/
Another crime prevention message from your MCC Crime Prevention Team