An Internet Safety message from Mark Brnovich:
As a parent, you are aware of the many dangers faced daily by your children and you will do everything in your power to keep them safe. As the father of four, I understand that role very well.
As Arizona’s Attorney General, my main job is to take the lead in protecting the public from predators. Predators come in many forms, some of which are open and obvious, others are harder to see.
While the Internet is an incredibly useful, in the hands of the wrong person or a cyber-predator it can become a weapon. Whether it takes the form of sexual Cyber-Predators, cyber bullying, “sexting” or a vast array of other forms, the power of the Internet to inflict damage on someone – especially a child – is significant.
It is important that parents begin to recognize the risks that can be associated with social networking and Internet usage. As children spend more and more time online, they are exposed to many negative influences such as various forms of substance abuse; drugs, alcohol and smoking.
My office provides a number of resources to help parents understand the dangerous aspects of the Internet, and this booklet is just one of them. If you would like more information, please visit the Attorney General’s website at: www.azag.gov.
Arizona Attorney General