Edenton Police Department

                                              Internet Safety

The Internet can be a wonderful resource for kids. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games. Kids who are old enough to punch in a few letters on the keyboard can literally access the world.

But that access can also pose hazards. For example, an 8-year-old might do an online search for "Lego." But with just one missed keystroke, the word "Legs" is entered instead, and the child may be directed to a slew of websites with a focus on legs — some of which may contain pornographic material.

That's why it's important to be aware of what your kids see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves online.

Just like any safety issue, it's wise to talk with your kids about your concerns, take advantage of resources to protect them, and keep a close eye on their activities.

Smart Surfing

First rule of smart surfing? Remain as anonymous as possible. That means keeping all private information private. Here are some examples of private information that you should never give out on the Internet:

  • full name
  • home address
  • phone number
  • Social Security number
  • passwords
  • names of family members
  • credit card numbers

The key is to protect yourself while online.

  • Never give out your real name
  • Never  share a password with anyone
  • Never post pictures of yourself online
  • If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe online, tell an adult
  • Join your child’s Facebook or MySpace page
  • Use parental controls
  • Check internet history files
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    Chief of Police

     Jay Fortenbery


    305 West Freemason St Suite 1100

    Edenton, North Carolina 27932

    Phone: (252)482-5144

    Fax: (252)482-4999

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