New York State Police

Internet Safety

As an educational tool, the Internet offers users the ability to learn about virtually any topic. Children in particular are eager to explore this new world and the relationships it brings.

Although our youth can get a lot of benefit from being on line, the World Wide Web is not without risks. Parents should be aware of this and not view the Internet as simply a benign, entertainment medium.

The fact that crimes are being committed on-line should not make you avoid using Internet services. A better strategy would be to ensure your children learn how to safeguard themselves from the potential dangers that lurk on the Internet.

Children need parental guidance, supervision and common-sense advice on how to make their experiences in "cyberspace" happy, healthy and productive.

As a parent, you first need to understand the nature of on-line systems.

To understand the full benefits of these systems and alert you to any potential problems that may occur with their use, talk with other users in your area, become familiar with literature on these systems and get on-line yourself.