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Attorney General stresses internet safety

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Buddy Caldwell

BATON ROUGE - Across Louisiana, schools are out for summer, and many children will suddenly have plenty of free time on hand. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says that idle time during the summer months may lead to increased danger for children using the Internet.

"The freedom of summer comes with responsibility for both kids and parents," Caldwell said. "Internet access offers incredible opportunities for learning and entertainment, but parents need to know that there are some dark and dangerous off-ramps, especially for children, when surfing the web."

Caldwell says without proper supervision, children can easily be exposed to inappropriate material and messages, be exploited by sexual predators and even become victims to unscrupulous con artists.

Parents should establish ground-rules for accessing the Internet. Technical capabilities or lack of time may limit a parent's involvement, but web surfing can be shaped into a family activity, Caldwell said.

For more information about Internet safety, visit the Attorney General's website at www.agbuddycaldwell.com. To report suspected cases of Internet crime, call 1-800-256-4506.