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Release Number: 19-209
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- May 16, 2019
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Sheriff Chad Chronister Issues Internet Safety Warning To Families
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister is using social media to share tips.
Internet Safety PSA:
In an effort to get important safety information to parents and children, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister is using social media to share tips. In a public service announcement (PSA) issued Monday, May 13, Sheriff Chronister advised parents to pay close attention to who their children are talking to online. Most families have daily access to the internet, whether it is on a computer or a cellphone, which unfortunately means internet predators have easier access to minors.
"People who don't believe their children could ever become victimized online are living in an unrealistic world," said Sheriff Chronister. "We live in a day and age where complete strangers can have direct, immediate and anonymous access to your children through social media, apps and online gaming systems."
He instructed parents to teach their children at a young age not to give their name, address or the name of their school to anyone they meet online, in addition to never agreeing to meet online friends in person without a parent's consent, because that friend could easily be an adult pretending to be a teen.
"If you're talking to someone online and they make you uncomfortable, remember, you don't have to talk back to them," said Sheriff Chronister in the PSA. Sheriff Chronister also advised parents to remind their children that what they post online lives there forever, so they should be cautious about the types of pictures and content they share.