Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office   I   Justice Center - Courts Tower   I   1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH 44113   I   440.886.5284   I   216.443.7601 (fax)

The Internet is a great place to learn, enjoy games and hang out with friends. However, it can also be deceptively dangerous place if you fall into the trap of thinking it cant happen to me.

Online predators are real, and anyone - you, your friends, your brothers or sisters, even your parents - can be victimized by an online predator. Protect yourself, your family and your friends by following these basic safety tips:

  • Never respond to instant messages or emails that are suggestive, obscene, threatening, or make you feel uncomfortable. Tell your parents if you encounter such messages.
  • Never give out identifying information online (e.g. name, photo, age, address, school name, financial information, telephone number, etc.) unless you have parental permission.
  • Do not use a screen name that can be traced back to you (e.g. initials, address, age, etc.) or that identifies your gender.
  • Someone claiming online to be a 12 year-old girl may be a 40 year-old man. Meeting them face-to face may be dangerous - even if youre accompanied by friends or family.
  • Tell your parents or teachers if you are concerned about one of your friends arranging such a meeting your friends safety could be at risk.
  • Tell your parents if someone sends you pornography, especially child pornography. Its a crime and should be investigated.