Cyber Safety

Cyber Crimes Unit Looks To Keep Kids Safe From Predators

With the number of apps, chatrooms and technology at their fingertips, the Benton County Sheriff's Office is taking notice with their specialized department.
 
"The ultimate goal with our Cyber Crime Unit is to take predators and criminals off that market and allow children to feel safe," said Sergeant Shannon Jenkins with the Benton County Sheriff's Office.
 
Even with the Cyber Crimes Unit, Sgt. Jenkins said it's parents who are the first line of defense. 
 
"Make sure you have access to their devices. Their computers, their phones, iPads,whatever it is. Because there's so much information on those digital networks. Keep their PIN numbers," said Sgt. Jenkins. "Require them to give you access to their phones, to their computers at any time. You're the parent. Don't ask your children."
 
As much space as you may want to give your kids, there are times to stick to safety over all. 
 
 
"We have to remember that children are innocent and somebody's out there trying to take that from them. So it's our job as parents to protect them," said Sgt. Jenkins. 
 

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