Date: January 31, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
Internet Safety Tips

The internet has opened a world of information for anyone with a computer and a connection. Our children stand to benefit greatly from this extraordinary resource tool. But, just as you wouldn't send your child near a busy road without some safety rules, you shouldn't send them on to the information super highway without the rules of the road. The Polk County Sheriff's Office has the following internet safety tips that all parents should follow: 

Keep the computer in a family room rather than a child's bedroom. 

Establish a password for the computer to prevent children from being online without your knowledge. 

Instruct children to never give out personal information on the computer, such as their name, address, and phone number. 

Consult a computer dealer regarding the use of blocking software. 

Tell children not to respond to any messages that make them feel uncomfortable and to notify you immediately. 

Tell children to never agree to meet face to face with someone they've met online. 

Make going online a "family" activity. 

For more information about internet safety, please contact the Community Services Section at 863-534-0980.

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Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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