Staying safe online this summer

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ONEIDA COUNTY (WAOW) — The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department has put a focus on internet crime against children this year. In just the first five months of 2019, the department said it “intervened in at least a dozen incidents where children were the intended victim of an adult who wanted to take the child to a secluded place and have sexual contact with them.”

The department said predators have come from miles away, or just down the street. Now officials are urging parents to take a proactive role in monitoring their kids’ online habits.

“Take time to look at their kids electronic equipment and make sure they’re not in apps that maybe the parents don’t think are appropriate for their age,” said Captain Terri Hook with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department. “Parents need to keep control of that phone.”

She said parents should remind their kids about best practices when online, and that once a photo is shared it’s impossible to get it back.

But it’s not just phones and apps where predators can make contact with children. Hook also warned that contact can be made over video games as well.

The Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Department of Public Instruction have created an online resource for parents who want to learn more about keeping their kids safe online. To access that information, click here.

Sarah McGrew

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