The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is funded by a grant from the Department of Juctice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and is a multi-agency and multi jurisdictional task force that investigates and prosecutes individuals who use the Internet to exploit children.
The Internet clearly influences how a growing number of children discover and interact with the world around them. Unfortunately, cyberspace is not always a safe place for youngsters to visit. Some sex offenders use the privacy and anonymity of the Internet to prey on vulnerable children and teenagers, whose Internet access is often unsupervised.
With an engaged and dynamic partnership between parents and law enforcement officials, the risk to our children from on line enticement and illegal use of the Internet, can be minimized. We encourage everyone to access the links on this site for additional information and ask that you continue to call your local law enforcement agency to report any suspicious activity.
Tips For Parents
What parents can do to minimize your child from becoming a victim on the Internet
Tips for Teens
What teenagers can do to minimize the risk of becoming a victim on the Internet
Tips for Children
What kids can do to minimize the risk of becoming a victim on the Internet
The South Florida ICAC encourages parents and or guardians to talk with their teenagers and children, especially if they have access to the Internet. It is the knowledge of what their child is doing on the Internet, what websites are being visited, what chat rooms and social networking sites are being used, that allows a parent's involvement to prevent expolitation. It cannot be emphasized enough, that in the event of any suspicious activity, that information should be reported to your local law enforcement agency, to 1-800-THE LOST or to the Cybertip line.
Educating your children on how to safely navigate the Internet is vital in the effort to protect them from on-line enticement. The challenge most parents face is that our young people know more about the Internet and its offerings, and they are extremely skilled at navigating the Internet. It is recommended that one visits the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website: www.missingkids.com for more information. Another good resource is a pamphlet called Child Safety on the Information Highway from NCMEC and the US Internet Service Provider Assocoiation (US ISPA).
With the ever evolving changes in the technology, Internet access is not restricted to the home, it is now portable. The portable devices utilized are mobile phones, personal digital assistant (PDAs), game consoles and PCs. The portability of the Internet heightens the risk for on-line enticement because the kids are not immediately supervised. You should also protect your Internet access from being pirated by password protecting it. Password protection will help prevent others from using your IP address to access unlawful sites or be vulnerable to unlawful activity assigned to your IP address.
It is highly encouraged that parents and guardians are aware of the social contacts and social activities that their children are involved in. Staying Safe on the Internet is a constant awareness process that must be exercised on all levels and by all individuals that come in contact with young people. Making oneself and keeping oneself active in your child's life and lifestyle is very important. Encourage your child and teenager to talk to an adult or friend, someone they trust, if at any time they experience a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable or afraid. The Internet is a wonderful tool and place to find and post very important information and should be encouraged to be used, keeping in mind that certain rules must be in place.
Arranging to meet someone that you have met on line is dangerous and should only take place with parental or guardian approval and supervision. When someone's behavior on line makes you fell uncomfortable, is dangerous or scares you, inform your parents, guardian, or an adult you trust, and call your local law enforcement agency.
What is the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force?
What we have done to keep our children becoming victims on the Internet.
Resources to educate you about Internet safety.
What is the lingo?
How to talk to us.
Who makes up the task force?