Louisiana State Police is urging residents to practice online safety while at home during COVID-19.
Troopers say that school closures have led to an increase in the amount of time children are online.
The increase in access, they say, can lead to more opportunities for online child predators to target young users.
The Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit recommends the following online safety measures:
- Communicate with your children the importance of healthy online activity
- Look for changes in your child's behavior
- Familiarize yourself with the applications your children are using and verify your child knows who they are communicating with.
- Research online monitoring applications to determine if these platforms would allow you to better monitor your child's online activity across multiple platforms.
State Police say that the public plays an important role in helping them to identify possible suspects of online crimes and reporting criminal activity. Anonymous submission forms can be found online at la-safe.org.
For more information and resources for online safety, click here.