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Web site offers kid safety tips

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published July 20, 2006


TALLAHASSEE - A new Web site gives Florida parents tips to keep their children safe from criminals lurking on the Internet, in shopping malls and on the streets.

The site, www.safestepsfla.net, advises against keeping a computer in a child's bedroom where it is difficult to monitor. Other tips: Never give out identifying or personal information or post photos of children on public sites. Monitor a child's e-mail, online journal or personal page. Be familiar with language and codes used in chat rooms and e-mail.

Non-Internet tips include having children memorize their address and phone number and making it clear they are not to tell unknown callers when they are home alone or open the door for strangers.

Attorney General Charlie Crist joined representatives of the Florida School Boards Association, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Macy's stores and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. on Wednesday to unveil the site sponsored by the public and private sectors.

[Last modified July 20, 2006, 01:51:00]


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