Internet Safety

InternetSafety

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office supports and uses the training provided by the NetSmartz Workshop.

NetSmartz Workshop is a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), developed to help teach children ages 5-17 how to be safer on and offline. NetSmartz Workshop provides animations and age-appropriate, interactive activities that use 3-D and Web technologies to entertain while they educate. Sponsorship from private corporations enables NetSmartz Workshop and its innovative content to be shared globally via the internet at www.NetSmartz.org.
Program Goals

1.  Educate children on how to recognize potential internet risks

2.  Engage children and adults in a two-way conversation about on- and offline risks

3.  Empower children to help prevent themselves from being exploited, or to report victimization to a trusted adult

4.  Support and enhance community Internet safety education efforts

 

The Internet is used for positive activities; however, children also face some serious risks, such as online predators, cyberbullying, and consequences from revealing too much personal information. Youths may encounter these risks during common online activities like school research, chatting with friends, or updating their social networking pages.

An important part of keeping children safer online is teaching them about the risks and how to make responsible decisions. NetSmartz is a resource that can help you accomplish this goal.

We also have various Internet Safety and Security presentations for parents and adult audiences.  Parents don’t need to know everything about how the internet works but should try and stay one step ahead. “Be Involved!”

For additional information on programs offered, or to schedule a presentation for your group, please contact the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at 561-688-3970.

Note: This phone number is monitored by civilian staff during normal business hours.