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Bergen County Prosecutor's Office to teach Internet safety to parents

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The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit will be giving an in-depth regional presentation on Internet safety on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. at Pascack Hills High School in Montvale.

"Wired Kids: What Parents Need to Know About the Internet" will offer a comprehensive examination of the dangers that lurk in the cyber world.

The presentation is an integral function of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit. Through education and outreach to the community, the Computer Crimes Unit hopes to raise parents’ awareness of online dangers such as pornography, sexual predators, on-line bullying, and addiction to various online games.

"The explosion of the Internet has proven to be most influential with the youngest of generations, namely our children," said Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli. "Protecting them on the World Wide Web, a truly unregulated atmosphere, is a tremendous task that needs to begin at home, where children are indeed most vulnerable."

Through what promises to be a dynamic and eye-opening presentation, the Computer Crimes Detectives hope to educate parents about the seedier side of the Internet. The goals of the presentation are to discuss the basic functions of the Internet, to highlight current Internet trends, and to illustrate the associated risks facing children of all ages.

After a display of the dangers associated with online communication, the presentation will turn to preventative measures and effective solutions to protect children, many of whom know more about computers than the average parent.

"Parents seldom realize the depth and breadth of a limitless connection to the rest of the globe via a seemingly harmless Internet connection in their own living room", Molinelli observed.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit, including the complimentary Bergen County Computer Crimes Task Force, consists of 19 investigators from around the County and has the vast responsibility of deterring and detecting Internet crime. Many of their cases involve predators who target children through the Internet. To that end, detectives who combat Internet crime have recognized that their approach must also include a strong education initiative involving parents and children who surf the Web. This proactive mechanism is in place in order to prevent children in Bergen County from stumbling into areas of the Internet where they can fall prey to an online predator.

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