Protect your
children from
online
predators
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Tips from
Assemblyman
Steve Englebright



Englebright: working to keep our children safe

With the increased use of personal computers over the past decade, sexual predators have found a new way to come in contact with our children: the Internet. Assemblyman Steve Englebright is doing everything he can to protect our children. That’s why he supports legislation that would create the crime of electronic stalking, also known as cyberstalking (A.7031).

Assemblyman Steve Englebright has also worked to keep children safe by:

  • Sponsoring legislation which makes "luring" a crime to punish those who attempt to harm children (A.2467)

  • Sponsoring Joan’s Law, which provides for mandatory life sentences for those convicted of murder in the course of a sex crime with a victim under 14 (Ch. 459 of 2004)

  • Sponsoring the law that requires the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to work with local law enforcement officers to implement the Amber Alert child abduction system statewide (Ch. 348 of 2005)

  • Authoring the "Child Safety Act," which requires children’s camps to ascertain whether any prospective employee is listed in the sex offender registry (Ch. 260 of 2005)

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Other tips to protect your children

  1. Establish rules and go over them with children

  2. Keep the computer in a family living area so children cannot use the computer privately

  3. Spend time with your children online

  4. "Block" certain services through your online provider that you want your children to stay away from

  5. Be aware if your child spends too much time online or tries to hide what they’re viewing from you

Assemblyman Englebright




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The online safety promise

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Ask your child to read and sign this pledge for safety.

I,
(signature of child)

promise to:
  • Follow the parent rules for going online, including what time of day, the length of time, and the appropriate areas to visit online
  • Not give out personal information to online strangers
  • Tell a parent or guardian if I come across information that makes me uncomfortable
  • Refuse to meet face-to-face with someone I meet online without getting permission from a parent or guardian


(signature of parent or guardian)

Date

Courtesy of Assemblyman Steve Englebright



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Your kids can fill in the blanks. Can you?

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Instant messaging is extremely popular among teenagers, and a code language has developed. Below are some of the terms that are commonly used. See if you know what they mean.

Click here for the answers.

  1. LOL: laughing out loud

  2. BRB: _____ _____ _____

  3. MUSM: _____ _____ _____ _____

  4. A/S/L: _____ / _____ / _____

  5. BF:__________

  6. TAW: _____ _____ _____

  7. BEG: _____ _____ _____ _____ _____

  8. POS: _____ _____ _____

  9. WTGP: _____ _____ _____ _____?

  10. LMIRL: _____ _____ _____ _____ _____

  11. DIKU: _____ _____ _____ _____

  12. F2F: _____ _____ _____

  13. H&K: _____ _____ _____

  14. ILU: _____ _____ _____

  15. KIT: _____ _____ _____

  16. KOL: _____ _____ _____

  17. LDR: _____ _____ _____

  18. M/F: _____ _____ _____

  19. P911: _____ _____ _____ _____

  20. SYS: _____ _____ _____


ANSWERS:
2. be right back; 3. miss you so much; 4. age, sex, location; 5. boyfriend; 6. teachers are watching; 7. big evil grin; 8. parent over shoulder; 9. want to go private?; 10. let’s meet in real life; 11. do I know you?; 12. face to face; 13. hug and kiss; 14. I love you; 15. keep in touch; 16. kiss on lips; 17. long distance relationship; 18. male or female; 19. my parents are coming; 20. see you soon (Courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)



Assemblyman Steve Englebright
149 Main St.
East Setauket, NY 11733 • (631) 751-3094


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