Navy site posts Web warnings

Navy site posts Web warnings

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is using the Internet to inform Navy employees about the risks the Web poses to their children.

Leaving children alone at a computer can present the same kind of risk as allowing them to mingle with adult strangers, said an agent with NCIS. To help protect kids from some of the Web's dangers, the service launched its Safekids Web site, at www.ncis.navy.mil/Safekids/home.htm.

In an informal survey taken last year, NCIS workers found that many employees' children, aged six to 15, had been solicited or contacted online in a way that made them uncomfortable, according to Jeanmarie Sentell, special agent and program manager for the Safekids initiative. Some of the children also admitted visiting sites that are inappropriate for them.

'I think that when parents sit down with their children and ask, 'Have you seen or experienced this on the Internet?' they are going to find some shocking answers,' Sentell said.

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