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Students warned of internet dangers by NYS Police crime unit

Miner also stressed there is no privacy on the internet. Once something is posted it can be found by anyone else.

He also warned students about becoming criminals and victims at the same time. He said many offers, such as illegal music downloads, carry computer viruses and spyware programs. When music is illegally downloaded, he said, computers are often damaged or compromised.

Parents can help protect their children online, Miner said, but keeping computers in a family room where everyone can see it. Filtering software to block inappropriate sites is of little use, he said, since most children can easily get around it. Elaine Dixon, Crown Point principal, said the cyber safety presentation was important for students.

"We just can't ignore the dangers associated with the internet," she said. "We want our students to have a positive digital footprint."

Andrea McDonald, school guidance counselor, urged students to think of internet safety at all times.

"Your safety is important to all of us," she said. "If you use the internet or a cell phone, and you all do, this is an important lesson."

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