LEEDS – Officers of the Leeds and the Thousand Islands Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a parents concern over who her son’s online friends are.
On January 18, 2018 O.P.P officers were dispatched to a residence to offer assistance to a family after parents expressed concerns over their sons online gaming ‘friends’. It was learned that their 15 year old son has been chatting with an adult female from the United States for over a year.
Leeds OPP offers the following advice to all parents.
The popularity of electronic and video games amongst young people has increased dramatically. Advances in technology have meant that these devices can be used for a variety of purposes. Parents should be aware that many gaming devices connect to the internet and provide online chat capability enabling anyone (including predators) to communicate with your child. Parents should investigate what internet/chat capabilities your child’s devices have and decide whether or not they are required. It is then a parent’s decision where to set available electronic parental controls or even to disconnect these capabilities.
Leeds OPP Acting Staff Sergeant Josh Kingsley reminds parents that ‘Having direct and open communication with your child, taking the time to sit down with them and discussing their use of the internet is the most important step to protecting them online’. He also notes that ‘Parents should take the time to view your child’s online profile and to check for information that may be unsafe, including email addresses or unacceptable photos’.
REMEMBER, YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY RESTS WITH YOU.