Keeping Kids Safe

50,000 kids throughout Naperville use the internet daily, but their trip through cyberspace can land them in harms way.

Detective Rich Wistocki from the Naperville Police Department Investigates more than 450 cases a year involving dangerous online activities among kids and teens. A recent event, held at the Naperville Municipal Center, aimed at combating just that.

At the event, Wistocki urged parents to take responsibility for their kids’ actions, both in the real world and virtual world.

“We will no longer allow our kids to conduct themselves online without us knowing about it. The younger they are, the more they want what their older brothers & sisters have,” Detective Wistocki said. “Well if you want this, we will monitor everything!”

Wistocki showed the audience how their children may be misusing devices like iPads, smart phones, and laptops.

Wistocki warned abusing such technology could often lead to dangers like: cyber bullying, sexual assault or exploitation, embarrassment, harassment, and identity theft. He also advised parents to tell their children guidelines such as: everyone online is a liar, no one online is anonymous, and be careful what you post.

Wistocki demonstrated ways parents can monitor their kids online activities. One example is to use software like mobile watchdog and truecare.com.

Detective Wistocki is partnering with Illinois State Representative Darlene Senger to pass a law against logging into another person’s social networking profile, like Facebook, without consent.

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