ONLINE PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS | August, 17, 2009
• One in five
children who use computer chatrooms have been approached over the
Internet by pedophiles.
Thirteen-year-old Kacie Woody liked to play soccer, sing, and chat online. On December 3, 2002, she vanished from her home in Holland, Arkansas. Police found her body, along with that of her abductor, 19 hours later in a storage facility. She had been murdered by 47-year-old David Fuller of La Mesa, California, who then committed suicide. Kacie’s friends told police that she had had an ongoing online relationship with some boy named David whom she believed was another teenager. Signs of a struggle at her home indicated that she was unaware that he was coming to see her and unwilling to go anywhere with him.
Online Social Networks!
MySpace, Xanga, Facebook, TagWorld—which site are you on? And on which sites are online predators? The answer may be all of them, at least for predators. Think about it: A profile is free, and anyone can lie about his or her age, or post a fake picture. Who are you really talking to?
• Connecticut: In a span of a few weeks, nine girls reported
sexual abuse from adults they met on MySpace.
The Rules of the Road
• Don’t give out identifying information on
the Internet. These are things like your full name, address, age, school,
and phone number.
Remember the 4 R’s
RECOGNIZE techniques used by online predators to deceive their victims.
REFUSE requests for personal information.
RESPOND assertively if you are ever in an uncomfortable situation while online. Exit the program, log off or turn off the computer, and notify your Internet Service Provider or local law enforcement.
REPORT, to law enforcement authorities, any suspicious or dangerous contact that makes you uncomfortable.
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