Cybercrime more prevalent during summer months
GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. — Attorney General Jack Conway and Kentucky State Police want to remind families about the importance of staying safe online. Kids have more access to electronic devices during the summer and are often under less supervision, which could put them in danger.
A survey of children 10 years old to 17 years old by the Pew Research Center and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children showed that 34 percent had posted their real names, telephone numbers, home addresses or the name of their school online.
“The Internet is a wonderful tool but it can also be a tool for crime," Conway said. "Parents need to monitor their child’s online activities and remind children and teens to think before they post and to never arrange in-person meetings with someone they have met online.”
State Trooper Dean Patterson said parents can follow these steps to help keep their kids safe this summer and throughout the year.
Online Safety Checklist:
The following are important tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding texting and cyberbullying:
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