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4/8/05

Attorney General Educating Kids About Internet Predators

The state is launching a new website to help children learn how to protect themselves from sexual predators. Attorney General Greg Abbott made a special trip to Lubbock to introduce LISD kids to the website.

The fourth graders at LISD got a lesson in Internet safety, courtesy of the Attorney General's office. One fourth grader said, "I never go to chat rooms to talk to some people I never knew." A classmate said, "I never click on ads, if there's something bad, I go and tell." 

Greg Abbot said, "We wanted to make it attractive, find games create imagery and provide information." The website teaches children three basic rules, don't give out any personal information, never meet someone in person that you met online, and do not keep secrets from parents."

One student said, "I learned bad things can happen if you give out those things. They could have a different name or they could have a criminal background."

Two years ago, Greg Abbott created a cyber crimes unit in the Attorney General's office. Now, a new position has been created specifically targeted at educating youth about Internet predators. The Cyber Safety Officer, Paul Aleman said, "I'm going to try and get out to as many schools as possible, I want to show them how to pick up a danger and tell parents or police."

Aleman says if this campaign can keep one student from becoming a victim, then the program has been successful, but in order to succeed, the Attorney General says it's not just kids that need to know the rules. "Parents need to make sure they know the rules and make sure their kids are living up to them."

Abbott says if your child is old enough to be online, they are old enough to tour this website.

Texas Kid-Safe Website
Click here to link directly to the Texas Attorney General's new Kid-Safe Website.

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