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Sex Crimes Squad Commander John Kerlatec

Sex Crimes Squad Detectives Issue Warning About Use Of Online Technology

The State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec reminds parents and children about the safe use of online technology and warns of the dangers associated with online grooming.

“The NSW Police Force is committed to targeting online grooming offences and reminds parents and children to be mindful when using online technology.”

“The Internet can be a great tool for children, however social networking sites can be potentially dangerous for children if they are left unsupervised.” Det. Supt. John Kerlatec said.

“Regular online operations are conducted by detectives at the Child Exploitation and Internet Unit (CEIU) in an effort to detect online sexual predators.”

“Parents also play a crucial role with assisting in the prevention of child internet exploitation and we encourage parents to discuss the dangers of Internet use with their children in order to arm them with the knowledge and the skills needed to stay safe.” Det. Supt. John Kerlatec said.

Safe Internet use:

Tips for parents:

  • Be aware of how much time your child spends on the internet.
  • Spend time talking to your child about the dangers associated with online conversations.
  • Spend time exploring the internet with your children and let them teach you about their favourite websites.
  • Keep the computer in a room the whole family can access; not in your child’s bedroom.
  • Consider installing filtering and/or computer blocking software provided by your Internet Service Provider. The Netalert web page provides information on a number of commercially-available products at www.netalert.net.au.
  • Ensure you are able to access your child’s email and randomly check the contents.
  • Check your phone bill for unusual outgoing calls, or consider using a ‘caller ID’ device to identify incoming calls.
  • Consult your telephone company for options designed to ensure privacy and security.
  • Inquire with your child’s school, public library, and places they frequent, to ascertain what Internet safety measures they have in place.
  • Information on how internet safety is available on the NSW Police website at:

http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/children/child_exploitation

Tips for children:

  • Do not send a picture of yourself to anyone you don’t know and never place a full profile and picture anywhere on the Internet.
  • Never give out your personal information including name, home address, phone number or school, over the internet.
  • Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you have chatted with on the Internet.
  • Tell your parents or another adult of any contact that makes you feel uncomfortable.
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