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Tips: Protecting Kids From Online Predators
laptopThe Pierce County Prosecutor's Office is committed to protecting children from online predators. These efforts include prosecuting individuals who use the internet to commit crimes.

Recognizing Dangers & Risks
• Familiarize yourself with the programs your children are using
 
• Know who communicates with your children
 
• Ask yourself if the bedroom is the best place for the computer
 
• Acknowledge that predators can find very personal information about you and your children simply by tracking the websites you visit
 
• Remember that people online may not be who they seem to be, and everything you read online may not be true

Steps You Can Take
• Teach children rules for using the Internet, create a comfortable environment, set reasonable guidelines, and monitor their online activity
 
• Get to know their "online friends" just as you know their school and neighborhood friends
 
• Don't feel intimidated or overwhelmed by technology

Visit these sites for more information and safety tips: 
www.connectsafely.org 
www.safeteens.com 
www.netsmartz.org