For Immediate Release
October 4, 2010
Assistant Attorney General Jacqueline Rompre
Today, from 6:30pm- 7:30pm, New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney and the Attorney General's Office Internet Crimes Unit will be at Southside Middle School in Manchester, NH, to kick off the unveiling of the State's new Internet Safety Guide. The Guide is being distributed to every student in New Hampshire in grades 6-8 this month as part of Child Health Month. As part of the unveiling, the Attorney General's Office will be giving a presentation for parents and educators that will offer tools parents can use to create a safe online environment, tips on how parents can recognize unhealthy online habits and suggestions for how parents can communicate the need for safety on the Internet to their children.
The Guide was redesigned, published and distributed to New Hampshire's middle school population collaboratively through a partnership with Comcast and through the continuing support of the Department of Education. The Guide provides advice on how parents can talk to their children about what they do on the Internet, including the importance of not posting private information, not sending inappropriate pictures, not bullying other children on the Internet, and speaking up if they are being bullied. The Guide also tells kids how they can identify online predators and how they can protect themselves on the Internet, and discusses potential consequences children face from cyberbullying and sending inappropriate pictures of themselves to others. A downloadable version of the Guide can be found at the Attorney General's Office cybercrime prevention Web site: www.connectwithyourkids.org.
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney says, "Our kids are using the Internet and cellphones everyday. Educating parents, teachers and children on how to use these technologies safely is paramount in ensuring the well-being of today's youth. The goal of this Guide is to educate parents, educators and students about the dangers on the Internet, and provide ideas about how to keep children and teens safe."
The Attorney General's Office Internet Crime Unit has given numerous presentations to parents and teachers across New Hampshire on the topics of social networking, cyberbulling and the misuse of digital images. The Internet Crime Unit will continue to offer these educational presentations in an effort to ensure that New Hampshire's young people are safe on the Internet.
For further information about cybercrime prevention efforts, contact the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office Cybercrime Prosecutor, Jacqueline Rompre at (603) 271-3671.
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