The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office is committed to helping all audiences - from kids to parents and guardians to law-enforcement officers and educator - learn the aspects of Internet Safety.
The Internet offers an array of entertainment and education resources for children, but also presents some risk. Approximately one in seven youths (10 to 17 years) experience a sexual solicitation or approach while online.
You can't watch kids every minute, but you can use strategies to help them benefit from the Internet and avoid its risks.
One of the most important yet simplest things you can do is talk to your kids about the rewards and risks of Internet use. We also encourage you to visit the following links for more information and resources on internet safety.
NetSmartz: Teach children how to be safer on and offline with NetSmartz, NCMEC's award-winning, interactive, educational safety program. Learn more at: http://www.netsmartz.org
NetSmartz411: Parents and guardians premier, online resource for answering questions about Internet Safety, computers, and the Web. Learn more at: http://www.netsmartz411.org
Cyber Tipline: Has your child ever been sent inappropriate material by someone he or she met online? Has your child ever inadvertently encountered inappropriate material? You can make a report of these types of incidents at http://www.cybertipline.com or by calling 1-800-THE-LOST.