As young people spend more and more time on cell phonesand instant messengers, cyber-bullying has become increas-ingly commonplace. Some teens can be lured into such behavior because it takes place seemingly in a virtual world, with apparentanonymity. Others don’t even recognize these hurtful actions asacts of bullying.Young people say bullying is one of the biggest problems they face.Clearly, we must do a better job helping them stay cyber-safe. As isoften the case with challenging adolescent behaviors, parent edu-cation, communication and supervision remain key to prevention.For more information on cyber-bullying, visit the National CrimePrevention Council at
What Every Parent Should Know
**This brochure was compiled with informationfrom the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Children’sPartnership Organization, and the www.safekids.com website.**
The Children’s Partnership’spublication,
“The Parents’Guide to the Information Su-perhighway: Rules and Toolsfor Families Online”
at their website:
“Great Websites for Kids”
is also available
onlineat the website of the
can Library Associati
The following organizations also serve as excellentresources about Internet safety for your children:National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)National PTA
toll-free (800) 307-4PTA (4782)National CrimePrevention Council
(202) 466-6272NY State Division of CriminalJustice Services
IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOUR CHILD HASBEEN SEXUALLY SOLICITED ONLINE...
you may report the incident via the Cyber Tiplineat
or the ChildPornography Tipline at 1-800-843-5678.
Did you know that one in ﬁve children has been sexually
solicited online? Criminals who prey on the vulnerabilityof our children are using online chat rooms and instantmessaging to identify and contact potential victims.Sadly, as technology becomes more sophisticated, sodo the criminal practices of child predators.Just as you would not allow your children to wander alone through unfamiliar city streets, neither would youwant them interacting on the Internet without parentalsupervision. In fact, one of the most important thingsyou can teach a child is that the internet is not alwaysa safe playground. Behavior that would make them un-comfortable in person must not be tolerated online.
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MARTIN J. GOLDEN • 22ND SENATE DISTRICT
With this in mind, I have devel-oped a brochure to describe po-tential dangers that children mayencounter online, as well as offer tips on how to ensure that the in-ternet remains a safe place for our children to visit and enjoy.
I hope that you ﬁnd this information
Sincerely,Martin J. Golden
22nd Senate District
#527 Revised: 2/2012