The Pittsburg Police Department is reminding parents about internet safety during the holiday season and throughout the year.
Parents should proactively monitor their child‘s cell phone, and keep them safe from online predators. The following are guiding suggestions to help parents keep their child (under 18 years–old) safe from potential online criminal activity.
- Parents should proactively monitor what applications are being downloaded onto their child‘s cell phone, and keep themselves informed about their child‘s online activities.
- Parents should be aware of peer pressure and bullying related to their child‘s boyfriend/girlfriend asking for explicit images.
- Parents – it is a crime for your child to SEND sexual photographs of themselves or of another person.
- Parents can be proactive by talking to their children, building trust through communication, and spontaneously searching through their phone if you become concerned about changes in your child‘s behavior or being secretive with their phone.
- Parents – your child does not have a right to privacy against you. Please monitor their phone apps and their “friend list” for adult strangers. Delete anything you find alarming or offensive.
- Parents do not forget to monitor your child‘s messages on popular apps. These would occur in the Instagram messages, Snapchat, Facebook messenger, Tik Tok direct message, and tbh (to be honest).
- Parents should DENY ACCESS to dangerous apps that are high risk for sexual solicitation such as:
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