“On the Twelfth Day of Christmas”…says the RCMP

On the Twelfth day of Christmas Crime Prevention the RCMP said to me, “New computers can be fun but is it important to remember Internet safety.”

Sgt. Joe Taplin, RCMP Community, Aboriginal and Diversity Policing, says “A new computer can be exciting and is a wonderful educational tool. However, it is important that parents know how to protect their children if they are going to be online.”

The RCMP is reminding parents of the following tips:

– Ensure you computer is placed in a common area.
– Children should check with a parent/guardian before sending or posting any photographs to the Internet.
– Establish rules for children’s use of the Internet- this includes mobile device.
– Install anti-virus and spyware to protect your computer from viruses and hackers.
– Avoid sharing personal information about yourself or your family on the Internet.
– Don’t open emails if you are unsure of the sender. Ignore instant messages from unknown senders.
– The Internet is a public place. Information that is shared or sent can be viewed by anyone.
– People are not always who they say they are. Be cautious of information that is posted to social media sites or in chat rooms.
– Parents should make themselves familiar with internet slang (ie: LOL, etc).
– Parents need to monitor children’s Internet use, use discretion and intervene or contact the police when necessary.

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