Internet Safety Tips From DCF

June 28, 2023
Preventing Online Enticement and Sextortion and the
Dangers of Online Gaming


The following information is from the CT Dept. of Children and Families (DCF):


Online Enticement and Sextortion are happening at alarming rates across the country. It is critical we educate our children as early as possible to equip them with information, so they do not fall victim to the many bad actors trolling the internet.

When you think it is too late and your child’s images have been sent, know there is additional support through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) on how to take them down. Find the information here:

Below are some excellent resources including videos that can be a great discussion starting point with your child(ren) regarding online enticement and sextortion:

Dangers of Online Gaming

Online Gaming is now a social event with people across the world. Many are interested in the gaming experience and having fun meeting new people.  Sadly, there are also many bad actors among gamers that are determined to exploit our children.  As parents, the headphones our children wear while gaming gives us a chance to wind down at the end of a long day. Be aware, those bad actors are just getting started to lure in vulnerable children.

See below for more information on how to keep our children safe during online gaming:

Gaming Safety Tips

Caregivers are encouraged to report suspected internet violations to the Cyber Tip Hotline 1-800-843-5678 or Report Cybertip.