RAPID CITY, S.D. — In today’s day and age, we leave a digital footprint wherever we go.
There is a whole other world online, where you can shop, meet friends, or even find love, but it is not always safe for kids, which is why it is important to keep an eye on kids when they are using these devices.
While adults can often fall into internet scams, children can easily fall prey to predators on the web.
“We’ve seen an uptick in the number of cyber tips that we’ve received,” said Brent Gromer, the South Dakota Commander for Internet Crimes Against Children or (ICAC).
ICAC believes they are seeing more crimes due to coronavirus, which has left a lot of people stuck indoors, on their screens.
“We’ve got kids literally across the country are home, online more. Not only the kids but also the offenders so a lot of our offenders are working from home,” says Gromer.
So how do you start the conversation with your child?
Gromer recommends, “The best thing they can do is monitor their kid’s behavior and a lot of that comes through talking with their kids. Talk to their kids about the apps they’re using and who they’re communicating with.”
From there you can learn more about the relationships your children have online, and determine whether or not they are appropriate.
If you suspect that your child might be a victim of an internet crime, contact the South Dakota ICAC Task Force here. From there you will find their phone number and email address.
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