The Internet Highway Of Danger

Kiwanis  of Friendly Duluth is having some great speakers in the next two months. 

Today we had Detective Tom Champaine and Sg. Nicholas Alexander speak today along with another detective at our luncheon. This presentation was on Computer Foresensics 101.

It is pretty scary out there on the Internet. “It is a playground for perverts luring your kids.” Children and teens have no fear because they think everything is sweet and wonderful in life.  Wow in 15 minutes there was a whole screen of predators zeroing in on one girl on a website. “It’s like bees going to a bee hive.” (All I could think of was I am glad my kids are grown.)

We think of children and teens safe at home. That is no longer true. Parents use to know what their kids were doing as they played out side more.  This is no longer true. Our children and teens spend more time on the computer; the fast track.

One great tip is to be a friend on your children’s accounts (all accounts).

Parents need to monitor what their children are doing on the computer, who they are texting, and what pictures they are posting.

There are filters/filter software that can be added to the computer.

I would say,  “Don’t have your computer in a hidden spot. Make sure it is open, and you can come up from behind them to see what they are doing.”

The chat rooms are something that parents need to look  at or at least be on there as the family dog or some else.

Teens can also set ther privacy settings on FACEbook. We were shown how you can access anyones account with out privacy settings.

Pictures and content can affect students from getting a job or a scholarship in the future. You can even loose your job over it, as what happened to a police officer.  Memory stays on the computer forever. (In some cases, not forever.)

Children are vulnerable, as they go down “The Internet Highway of Danger.” They are not aware of the dangers and have no fear. We all remember being fearless, invincible. “Here I am Super Woman or Super  Man.”

According to the FBI, 6 out of 10 children online have gotten an e-mail or instant message from a perfect stranger, and more than half have written back.

1 in 33 kids have been aggressively solicited to meet ” their cyber friend.”

1 in 4 kids, ages 10-17 have been exposed to unwanted sexual material online.

Kids are curious, they want to know. They are easily enticed into a inappropriate friendship online.

I learned that there are people who even trade their own children for sexual favors.

 It seems like there are more sex offenders in Superior in Duluth but that may not be true.

Who offends children and teens?

26% are parents

24%  are neighbors and other family members

 14% is online enticement

 13% is self produced; whatever that means

10% are other relatives

3% are unknown.

(I may of missed a few from not writing so fast.)

Whose vulnerable? The most vulnerable age is 11-15 years of age but age 13 is the average age. 

Who is enticed the most? 2/3’s are females and 1/3 are males.

One of the police officers told us that 1 out of 7 children were targets for unwanted secual advances, 1 in 25 were aggressive solications, and 1 in 25 are involved with a picture.

What about those unwanted telephone messages? Just type in STOP, and they will have to stop.

What’s on your computer? You as a parent can look………………go to Tools and then Internet Options

Check out these websites:

What are other crimes on the computer? viruses that are harmful, traditional crimes, cyber bullying, financial crimes, cults, terrorism, hate or racist web sites, promotion of alcohol, promotion of drugs, promotion of tobacco, child and teen enticement

1 in 3 children have unwanted exposures and only 25% have reported it.

These new advanced cell phones can trace info as well. They can even find you like GPS.