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Children and teenagers are among the fastest growing groups of Internet users on the World Wide Web today and unfortunately, they are the most vulnerable to Internet predators.
As a public service initiative sponsored by the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office, Chief Deputy Kevin Cobb is currently presenting information on Internet safety and awareness to local schools, churches and civic organizations.
"The presentation is designed to raise the awareness level of parents to know what their children are involved in and the potential dangers associated with the Internet," Cobb said.
Because the Internet is so easy to access, even for children, Cobb said it's more important than ever for parents to understand the scope and magnitude of the dangers associated with the World Wide Web and to take action to protect their children.
"Gaming websites are not even as child-friendly as they may seem," Cobb said. "It's necessary to monitor what kids are being exposed to over the Internet at all times, though most first graders are so technologically advanced, this can be a challenge." He added parents should make a point of educating themselves on how to protect their children on the Internet.
In a bulletin posted by the U.S. Department of Justice on the "Internet Crimes Against Children" website, the new technology presents complex challenges for law enforcement agencies and victims.
The Internet can be a useful tool for research and educational sources, but it is also a gateway to the rest of the world and back into our homes. Unfortunately, predators are also out there to prey on innocent victims and no family with an Internet connection is exempt from an intrusion.
According to Cobb, the fastest growing websites on the Internet are child pornography.
"Most children see little or no danger in posting photos or personal information on electronic devices," Cobb said. "They don't realize the possible long-term consequences or the risks involved."
The presentation also covers issues related to cell phones and the possible consequences associated with "sexting" and exchanging elicit photos.
"The biggest safety precaution for this issue is education," Cobb said. "Parents need to be aware because this is not something that's going away. One child victimized is too many."