The Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett offers advice to parents on keeping their children safe on the internet.


The Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett offers advice to parents on keeping their children safe on the internet.

Corbett noted that the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit has arrested 242 internet predators since it was created in January 2005. He added that agents have made 61 arrests so far this year — a nearly 20% increase compared to 2008. Two of these arrests have been made in Pike County alone in recent days. 

“Parents must understand that internet predators are active in every part of our state,” Corbett said, “Using online chat rooms, social networking sites, instant messages, digital cameras, webcams and other technology to reach into your homes — sending sexually graphic material to your kids, encouraging teens to send nude photos of themselves or trying to arrange meetings for sex.”

He encouraged parents to regularly discuss online safety with their children and to actively monitor how their children use the internet, including:

• What websites they visit.

• What social networking sites they frequent (MySpace, Facebook, etc).

• The importance of not sharing personal information with strangers (names, ages, addresses, schools or other identifying information).

• Avoiding strangers who approach them online.

• Reporting any contact with individuals who engage in sexual discussions or attempt to send graphic photos or videos.

Corbett said that suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit by using the “Report a Predator” link, located on the front page of the Attorney General’s website, at www.attorneygeneral.gov, or by calling the Attorney General’s Child Predator Hotline, at 1-800-385-1044.

Additionally, Corbett said that safety tips and other information are available in the “Operation Safe Surf” and “Just for Kids” sections of the Attorney General’s website. Also, organizations interested in materials, speakers or presentations, may contact the Attorney General’s Education and Outreach Office at 1-800-525-7642 or via e-mail at education@attorneygeneral.gov.