Officials stress importance of internet safety after recent arrest

Officials stress importance of internet safety after recent arrest

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – As a Pender County man is jailed on multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, law enforcement officials are once again focusing on the safety of your children online.

District Attorney Ben David suggests that if kids are going to have access to phones, the internet and social media, their parents should talk to them about what’s safe to share and what isn’t.

“We know a lot of young people have computers that they walk around with. It’s called cell phones, and it’s a very adult thing to own and adult conversations need to happen,” he said. said David.

The District Attorney’s Office has an Internet Safety Agreement available for you to discuss and sign with your child.

The contract includes the kids acknowledging that they won’t talk to strangers online, share any personal information, and tell an adult if they’re approached by someone online.

David says children talking can lead to bringing potential predators to justice.

“The terrible things that happen online are highly preventable, and they’re highly predictable, and when we can predict something, we can prevent it,” David said.

Some of the steps you can take to protect your children are knowing where they spend the night and making sure you know who will be supervising them at sleepovers. Also, make sure your kids know not to share any personal information online.

“To have that privacy even in a very public space, like the internet, where kids know there are details that they don’t make public, including where they live, what their habits are, like, you know, when their football schedule is, things like that,” David said.

Detectives say they expect more charges to be filed against Nicholas Moore and are asking anyone to speak up if they have any information.

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