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2 Presented by Officer Mark Slater Crime Prevention Unit Winston-Salem Police Department
Discuss experience, past assignments, current assignments, and make sure you announce you are not an expert on this topic.

3 Topics to be covered Internet Shopping Safety
Protecting Children from the Internet Romance on the Internet Cell Phone Safety/Texting Safety Cyber Bullying

4 On-Line Ordering How safe is it to shop on-line?
Many people only window shop on the internet due to fear of someone obtaining their credit card number. The reality is that shopping online is statistically less risky than using your card at a local merchant.

5 Precautions for On-Line shopping
Shop at stores that are well known. If you have questions about the company you want to deal with…ask for a printed brochure. Do NOT deal with companies that only have a post office box and no phone number. Be familiar with “return and refund policy”. If the price seems “to good to be true”, a red flag should be raised.

6 How do I know the web site is secure?
If the “url”(universal resource locator) starts with https://, this means the document comes from a secure server. If you use Netscape Navigator as your browser, look in the lower left-hand corner or right corner (for 6.0) of your screen where you will see a padlock. If the padlock is locked the site is secure. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer also uses a padlock. It is located in the lower right hand corner, and will only appear if you are in a secure site. As technology changes the security indicator may change as well.

7 Secure Electronic Transactions (SET)
The credit and debit card industry are working on an enhanced level of security using Secure Electronic Transactions. When ready “SET” will provide highly encrypted communication between card issuers, merchants, and card members.

8 After Placing an Order Print a copy of your order, and note any confirmation number and url of the site. You are better off ordering by credit card rather than writing a check. If you don’t get your order you can challenge the charge with your credit card issuer by using your proof of the order. Checks contain your bank routing number and your account number. Give Example of how your identity was stolen.

9 Personal Information Be extremely careful if you’re asked to supply personal information, such as your social security number, or checking account information. Your name, address, credit card number, and expiration number are all the merchant needs to complete a transaction. At times they will ask for the Card Verification Data (CVD). CVD is the three digit number on the back of a debit or credit card.


11 How do I keep my children safe?
Monitor your child’s on-line habits by spending time with them and encourage them to share conversations they have with others. Frequently inquire about new friends made on-line. Place the computer where it is visible by everyone. Lay out clear ground rules, and make sure your child knows there may be some bad people on-line.

12 Safety Tips for Children
Tell your children to NEVER give out personal information without permission. Tell your child to report any conversations that make them feel uncomfortable. Check with your ISP for available “Parental Controls” available. Do NOT let young children surf the net alone! Example: My 7 year old daughter was googling on her own the other night. “Accelerated Reader”

13 Safety Tips for Children
Software programs such as Net Nanny, CyberSister, and SurfWatch are available to provide a safe internet environment for children. The internet has become a portal for drug use and sales. Including recipes for manufacturing drugs.


15 FACEBOOK (09/12/2011) There are currently over 750 million people using Facebook.(70% outside USA) 50% of users login every day. Average user has 130 friends. People spend over 700 Billion minutes per month using Facebook. Facebook is an easy tool for criminals/predators to use.

16 FACEBOOK When using Facebook, NEVER accept friend requests from people you don’t recognize immediately. Some computer hackers pose as others to gain access to your computer. There have been instances where they gain access to one computer and then have access to that individuals entire friend list. Speak about examples such as FACEBOOK. Do not accept friend requests from people you do not know by site or name. Pick your friend list by keeping in mind “Who do I want to know all my personal business and thoughts for the day?” Parents be careful about having friends on FACEBOOK who work with you. Example: glass house, posting frustrating messages about work that could get back to your boss.

17 FACEBOOK To set proper security settings go to the Facebook sign on screen and look for the security tab on the lower right portion of the screen. Set all items to “friends only” Remember that every time you add an application you must set the security setting for each added application. If your child has a FACEBOOK page make sure you are on their friend list so you can keep a check on their postings.

18 Romance on the Internet

19 Who is on the other end? May not be anything like they describe themselves, and may not even be the gender they claim. May not be providing their real name or personal information, and may be using someone else’s account or even a “hacked” account. May not be located where they say; the individual whom you believe to be on the other side of the country or overseas may be two blocks away. Example: A friend is tagged in a photo and you click on the link out of curiosity. After going to this site your computer automatically downloads a virus. Example: Currently investigating a missing/runaway juvenile from 2008 where a female met a male online and left to be with him. What are POLICE doing to combat/investigate these crimes? Create fake FACEBOOK profiles, twitter profiles, etc to check for predators online. Example: VICE Escorts

20 Blocking Annoying People
If you experience a problem report it to your Internet Service Provider. Learn the features your ISP provides for filtering mail, or “ignoring other members.” If your ISP does not seem interested in helping then switch to another service.

21 Safety Tips for Adults Avoid giving out personal information such as your home address or telephone number to people you meet on the net. If interested in meeting someone in person make attempts to verify the identity. Ask where they work, and if you can contact them there. Meet in a public place such as a restaurant.

22 Safety Tips for Adults Arrange your own transportation to and from the meeting. Bring a friend along for security. Set your conditions for the meeting, and don’t let your new friend change them. Stay near other people and in lighted areas throughout the meeting. If things go awry, can you positively identify the person to the police? Example: You take control of the situation and don’t let the other person control the meeting places, times, etc. Intentionally describe what you will be wearing and driving and dress differently or describe a car that is not yours. Allows you to stay in control.

23 Cell Phone Safety

24 Cell Phone Statistics 223 Million subscribers over the age of 13. (89% of the U.S. population) 2.3 Trillion minutes used in 2009. 85% of kids under 17 have a cell phone. 4 out of every 5 teens carry cell phones. 47% of teens can text with eyes closed. 47% of Teens say their social lives would end without text messaging. How would you feel if you had to go one week without your cell phone?

25 Safety Tips for Parents
Share a cell phone with your child Occasionally ask your child to show you their cell phone including text’s Tell your child to leave their cell phone in a place such as the kitchen counter. Speak to your child about their cell phone habits and your safety concerns. Set limits on what your child can do on their cell phones. Sharing a cell phone, checking messages, or leaving their cell phone in a common place accessed by the family creates accountability on the part of the child. Most of the time this discourages them from doing inappropriate things with their cell phones. Or it just teaches them to erase their messages once

26 Safety Tips for Parents
Access parental controls if available Talk with your teens about the consequences of sexting and cyberbullying. Don’t over react or take away your child’s cell phone when notified of a bad experience with their cell phones. Take time to explain your concerns. Regularly view your child's pictures on their cell phones. In regards to your children’s pictures: Don’t just look at the individuals in the pictures but look behind them and see what is in the environment behind them.

27 TEXTING WHILE DRIVING As of December 1, 2009 it is ILLEGAL to TEXT and DRIVE! $100 Fine plus court cost. NCGS A states: It is unlawful for any person to use additional technology associated with a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle on a public street or highway. To date: Unaware of any officer in Forsyth County who has charged this statute. Law Enforcement are exempt. Describe how distracted a police vehicle can be though. Ex. RADAR, GPS, Camera, Car Radio, Computer, Dispatch Radio, Cell Phone.

28 Teens, Cell Phones, and Driving
NCGS : No person under the age of 18 years shall operate a motor vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area while using a mobile telephone or any additional technology associated with a mobile telephone while the vehicle is in motion. This prohibition shall not apply to the use of a mobile telephone or additional technology in a stationary vehicle. Effective December 1, 2006

29 Teens, Cell Phones, and Driving
Exceptions: An emergency response operator; a hospital, physician's office, or health clinic; a public or privately owned ambulance company or service; a fire department; or a law enforcement agency. The motor vehicle operator's parent, legal guardian or spouse.

30 Statistics Using a cell phone causes nearly 25% of car crashes.
4 out of 5 accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers. In contrast 1 of 3 (33%) are attributed to DWI. Driving while distracted by a cell phone equals the reaction time of an impaired driver with a .08 BAC. (Legal Limit in NC) **Information obtained from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI)** And

31 Safety Measures What can I do as a Parent?
Programs such as PhonEnforcer will shut a cell phone off when it is moving above a pre-set speed as such while driving a car. Check with your wireless provider to see if parent controls are available for your kids. Talk about abbreviations. IDK = I don’t know

Definitions found on = I love you 2M2H = Too much to handle @TEOTD = At the end of the day AITR = Adult in the room

33 “SEXTING” 40% of teens admit to sending sexually suggestive/nude/semi- nude texts. 35% of teens admit to sending “sexts” of themselves. 46% of teens say it’s common for “sext’s” to be viewed by individuals that were not the intended recipient. Most teens think that when they send a message to a friend then it is confidential. In reality those messages can be used endlessly to damage their character, reputation, and moral being. There are numerous documented cases where teens have committed suicide or attempted suicide due to the repercussions of sexting and other cell phone messages.

34 Legal aspect of “Sexting”
Federal Statute 18USC 2256: “Any visual depiction” of a minor “engaging in sexually explicit conduct.” North Carolina General Statute (First degree sexual exploitation of a minor) NC Sentencing treats 16 year olds as adults which means the child pornography laws COULD constitute first degree sexual exploitation of a minor. (up to 12 years prison) Listen to how broad these statutes can be when comparing them to sexting in high school. Will explain NCGS in the next several slides.

35 NCGS (a) Offense. A person commits the offense of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor if, knowing the character or content of the material or performance, he: (1) Uses, employs, induces, coerces, encourages, or facilitates a minor to engage in or assist others to engage in sexual activity for a live performance or for the purpose of producing material that contains a visual representation depicting this activity; or (2) Permits a minor under his custody or control to engage in sexual activity for a live performance or for the purpose of producing material that contains a visual representation depicting this activity; or Example: High School Junior (17 years old) dates a High School Freshman (14-15 years old) and they exchange sext’s or a video depicting sex. The Junior shares these pictures or video’s with fellow friend’s at a party. COULD the Junior be charged with this crime?? There have been no cases to date where this has been charged.

36 NCGS (3) Transports or finances the transportation of a minor through or across this State with the intent that the minor engage in sexual activity for a live performance or for the purpose of producing material that contains a visual representation depicting this activity; or (4) Records, photographs, films, develops, or duplicates for sale or pecuniary gain material that contains a visual representation depicting a minor engaged in sexual activity. (b) Inference. In a prosecution under this section, the trier of fact may infer that a participant in sexual activity whom material through its title, text, visual representations, or otherwise represents or depicts as a minor is a minor. (c) Mistake of Age. Mistake of age is not a defense to a prosecution under this section. (pi-kyoo-nee-er-ee) value = monetary value

37 Tips to Prevent “Sexting”
Let kids know pictures are not private and can be used as harmful material. Enforce a rule that cell phones/lap tops must be left in living room/kitchen before they go to bed. Accounts should always be in parents name. Parents should have and be in charge of all passwords and parental controls.

38 Cyberbullying Cyberbullying is the use of , instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to deliberately harass, threaten, or intimidate someone. 33% of teens admit to being the victim of cyberbullying through on-line tools including cell phones.

39 Example of Cyberbullying
Phoebe Prince January 14, 2010 Massachusetts—small town of 17,000 (South Hadley High School) Ireland immigrant Moved to the area approximately 1 year prior to her suicide Committed suicide due to recent taunting text messages and harassing postings on FACEBOOK Disagreements over teen romances at school with approximately 700 students.

40 Cyberbullying (NCGS 14-458.1)
Overview and synopsis of statute: Unlawful for any person to use a computer or computer network to build a fake profile or web site; Pose as a minor in chat rooms, s, or instant messages; Follow minors online or in chat rooms; Post or encourage to post private, personal, or sexual information pertaining to a minor, which provokes a third party to stalk or harass a minor.

41 Online safety resources (Internet Section for Parents) There are many more available by searching online.

42 Research websites WWW.WSPD.ORG WWW.DOGPILE.COM www.ASK.COM
Most of the information presented in this program will be available at Dogpile and are websites to go to for information that will search various sites for the information requested.

43 Winston-Salem Police Department Email–
Contact Information Officer M.G. Slater Winston-Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit General # Direct Office #

44 Questions


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