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National Internet Safety Month

June is National Internet Safety Month, and the month brings awareness of the need for online safety and how we can protect everyone, especially children, from the dangers of the Internet. The Internet is a modern technological advancement that impacts our lives in many positive ways, but it also can be a useful tool for criminal activities. The Internet creates many hazards and risks that can threaten the safety of families and children.

Millions of children under the age of 18 are utilizing the Internet each day, and many are exposed to a variety of risks that may include:

  • Threats or harassment

  • Cyberbullying

  • Sexual exploitation and solicitation

  • Exposure to sexual content or messaging

National Internet Safety Month is designed to educate parents about the importance of teaching their children about being safe and responsible users online and how to safeguard themselves against perpetrators of internet crimes.

Kids will spend more time online during the summer months while school is out. This time will give more children the opportunity to be exposed to harmful material and dangers online. Here are some tips parents can share with their children regarding how to be safe and responsible online users:

  • Be Careful of Sharing Information: Be smart about who they socialize with and what they send. Sharing provocative or risqué information online can damage your reputation and threaten your future because people may use the information against you. Be careful not to share personal information online.

  • Be Considerate of Others: Treat people as you would want to be treated yourself. Do not get involved in cyberbullying and other inappropriate behaviors that can harm other people.

  • Be Wise about Meeting and Greeting: Do not meet in person with strangers from the Internet.. Also, get to know people you meet online before attempting to meet with them. Once you have gotten to know them, if you do decide to meet in person, bring a friend along and always meet in a public setting, such as a restaurant or community event.

Indications of Risk Online

According to the FBI, here are some signs that may indicate your child may be at risk online:

  • Your child spends large amounts of time online, especially at night.

  • Your child has pornography on his or her computer.

  • Your child receives calls from people you do not know.

  • Your child makes phone calls to phone numbers you do not know.

  • Your child uses a variety of email accounts or user IDs.

  • Your child hides his or her internet activities.

  • Your child receives mail, packages, or presents from someone you do not know.

Internet Crimes and Punishment

Kids can be victims or perpetrators of internet crimes. Internet crimes such as sexting, cyberbullying, inappropriate sexual encounters, and other online violations happen every day. Individuals found guilty of internet crimes may face harsh punishment.

If you or your child have been charged with committing an internet crime, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney. The consequences can be devastating and life-changing. Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Edward Molari can provide you with legal advice that may help reduce the punishment or lessen the charge. He cares about your situation and provides personalized legal services in every case. Contact Attorney, Edward Molari at 617-942-1532 for a free consultation.