The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit investigates crimes dealing with the transmission and reception of child pornography over the internet, and the solicitation of sex from children over the internet.

With Internet access so readily available in homes and schools, on cell phones, and in local libraries, parents must remain vigilant about the potential dangers of their children's online activities.

The internet is a wonderful tool from which we all benefit everyday. But it can also be a dangerous place for children and teenagers if they use it without supervision and without YOUR guidance about what is and is not appropriate and acceptable.

Remember the basic rules of computer use by children and teens: Keep the computer in a room shared by the entire family; discuss before-hand what sites you prohibit your child from visiting; and discuss internet behavior that is not acceptable (chat rooms, etc). And no sharing of personal information without your permission!

For more information about keeping your children safer while using the internet, please visit www.NetSmartz.org.