Protecting Children & Teens

​​​Our office is committed to protecting our children from becoming victims of online crime. We want to protect kids from exploitation and abduction by Internet predators; we hope to increase the reporting of such criminal activity; and we strive to provide parents, guardians, and other responsible adults with resources to make our kids' online experiences safe, educational and fun.

 

​Internet Safety​

Computer Cop DVD.jpgUsing computer monitoring software is a personal family decision for parents and guardians. To help parents and guardians keep their children safe online, we are pleased to provide a free software monitoring tool called ComputerCop for their use and benefit in exercising computer and mobile phone safety.

 
ComputerCOP is a program that parents can install on a laptop or desktop computer to monitor their children’s Internet activity and look out for online threats such as cyber-bullying, gangs, drugs and predators. To obtain a copy of the software, visit any Virginia Beach Public Library. The program is intended for desktop and laptop computers rather than cell phones or tablets. The software was purchased with funds that were seized from criminal activity in Virginia Beach, at no cost to taxpayers.

 

 

 

​​​Social Media Safety

​​With ever-changing technology, it's important for parents to be monitoring their children and teens' devices as well. Usage of tablets, cell phones, and e-readers should be closely regulated. New social media apps are released every day. Many of these apps can have unintended consequences when not used and monitored appropriately.

 
Below find icons for apps that are currently popular with children and teens and should be monitored regularly by parents. Click on any icon to get additional information on the app and how to protect your children and teens. This list is constantly changing and growing based upon a review of cases handled by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, investigation by law enforcement, and additional research. Please keep in mind that apps are constantly being created, developed, and improved. Any app that is unfamiliar to  parent should be researched and examined closely.

 
                                                                                       

Visit https://cyberbully.org/ and click the "Resources" tab for an extensive, up-to-date list of social media apps teens are using. This website also provides contact information for each individual app to report instances of cyberbullying. Visit the "Report Cyberbullying" page within the "Resources" tab to find this information.

Additionally, please review our Social Media brochure to learn about social media apps and ways parents can monitor their children's cell phone and tablet activity.​


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