Like it or not, technology is here to stay. We are all connected in infinitely more ways than we were even just a few years ago. In addition to all the benefits technology and connectivity can bring to our lives, it can also be an avenue for criminals to exploit. Computer hacking, email phishing, identity theft and online scams are all modern concerns for anyone with an internet connection and an email account. With the “world-wide” web, the criminal element can operate from anywhere in the world and has access to your front door ... Don’t let it in! Educating yourself is one of the best ways to avoid falling victim to internet- or technology-based crime.
Message to Parents
Youth, especially, have embraced new technologies such as text/instant messaging, social networking applications, online gaming and digital cameras to share information and connect with friends. However, without proper guidance and supervision, these types of communication technologies can be dangerous to a child’s physical and psychological well-being. These applications and technologies are portals offering anyone direct contact with your kids, pre-teens and teenagers. Educating yourself to the potential dangers is again key to keeping your kids safe.
It is up to parents to establish rules, guidelines and expectations with their children and to supervise access and the use of these technologies. The Naperville Police Department would like to assist families in keeping their children safe online by reminding them to have frequent conversations about internet safety guidelines. This Internet Safety Pledge may help start those conversations.