» INTERNET SAFETY FOR CHILDREN
The Newton County Sheriff's Office is partnered with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assist on the "Internet Crimes Against Children" (ICAC) Task Force. Undercover Investigations are conducted by well-trained officers targeting suspects who exploit children on-line. Presentations on "Cyber Safety" and "Interactive Internet Safety" are also available to school staff, parents, and community groups upon request.
Just recently the Newton County Sheriff's Office partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist with the "Safe Child Task Force" (SCTF). The mission of the SCTF is to proactively target sexual predators and child pornographers principally through online undercover operations. This task force enhances the overall effectiveness of law enforcement to protect the population by integrating the capabilities of both local and federal Investigators.
Historically, the SCTF has achieved significant success in combating child exploitation through the incorporation of local law enforcement investigators from the counties and cities of Georgia. Task force participants are subject to extensive evaluation, federal deputation, and undergo a lengthily training program.
Newton County Sheriff's Office would like to extend the opportunity for Parents to take advantage of a "Cyber Safety" Presentation. In today's society our children are accessing the computer at a much younger age. With technology increasing our children are using these items more and more. This presentation will give you advice on how to keep your children safe while online. Topics such as Pedophiles, Cyber bullying, the Virtual World, and Identity Theft will all be discussed. We will offer suggestions along with some tools and strategies for keeping you and your children protected in the computer world today.
We also have qualified personnel to give "Interactive Internet Safety Presentations" to schools starting as early as Kindergarten and going to the High School level. These presentations include animated characters for Kindergarten and elementary schools and real-life stories for middle and high school students. These presentations are created by the "Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force" and "Fox Valley Technical College."
If your church organization, community group, or a local school is interested in receiving the Presentation, please call Investigator Sharron Stewart at 678-625-1406.
Internet-Related Safety Tips
1. Don't give out personal information about yourself, your family situation, your school, your telephone number, or your address.
2. Always keep your computer in a public area and NEVER allow kids to have computers in their bedrooms.
3. If you become aware of the sharing, use, or viewing of child pornography online, immediately report this to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.
4. When in chat rooms remember that not everyone is who they say they are.
5. If someone harasses you online, says anything inappropriate, or does anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell your parents, counselor or law enforcement.