Acting U.S. Attorney Offers Tips for Keeping Families Safe Online
Charleston, S.C (STL.News) Following the recent sentencing of a Cheraw man for transferring obscene material to a minor, Acting U.S. Attorney M. Rhett DeHart urges the public to take necessary precautions to keep themselves and their families safe from online predators.
“Be it through social media or other online messaging apps, predatory criminals have used sly communications efforts to victimize neighbors including children,” said Acting U.S. Attorney DeHart. “Our office urges the public to utilize the FBI Safe Online Surfing Program that covers important topics like cyberbullying, passwords, malware, and social media, while also understanding and following measures proven to help protect them in the consistently-evolving technological world.”
Acting U.S. Attorney DeHart offers the following advice for families to utilize to keep their families safe:
Advice for Children
Keep your accounts private.
Do not accept requests from strangers. Block or ignore messages from strangers.
Be selective about the information and pictures you share online. now and assume that any content you create online – texts, photos and/or videos – can and will be made public, permanently. Nothing “disappears” online.