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Posted Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Flyer Offers Tips on Internet Safety for Children

Prosecutor, Rockaway Twp. Police Offer Safety Tips for Tech GiftsShoppers at the Rockaway Townsquare mall received a lesson this week about the hidden dangers to children posed by devices they receive for the holidays during a special presentation from Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and his detectives, plus Rockaway Township Police Chief Martin McParland.

The law enforcement team offered tips on cyberbullying, privacy, sexting and more to parents to consider when giving their children tech gifts. They answered questions and handed out the flyer Know the Hidden Dangers of Tech Gifts, which is pictured at right.

  • Education and communication with your children is the #1 way to protect your children from predators, bullies and the risks of sharing too much information.
  • Think before you post. Tell your children to ask themselves before posting: Is it offensive? Could it affect my future career? Would I do it in front of my parents?
  • Other topics addressed include privacy settings; how to help a child who is being cyberbullied; setting expectations;  addressing sexting; communicating online only with people they know in real life; and centrally locating screens in the home to allow supervision.
Prosecutor, Rockaway Twp. Police Offer Safety Tips for Tech Gifts

Prosecutor’s Detective Supervisor Jazmin Munoz-Felder, Detective John Cassie, and Capt. Stephen Ortiz; Simon Property Group Security Officer Marcus Johnson, Prosecutor Knapp, Rockaway Twp. Chief Martin McParland, Rockaway Twp. Detective Timothy Taffin, and Simon Property Group Security Manager Tony Maragna.

The session was an initiative prompted by the New Jersey State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which was created to help state and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to offenders who use online communication systems to sexually exploit children.

“This campaign seeks to educate parents and children of the dangers hiding in the Internet,’’ said Prosecutor Knapp. “Predators who would harm our vulnerable children use applications, websites and other means to trap the unsuspecting children.”

For more information on this  initiative, visit: https://www.njsp.org/division/investigations/digital-tech-investigations.shtml

Inquiries should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.