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40 Force: Protecting Against Predators

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Who’s living next door? Who’s lurking online?

In the age of ever-changing technology, there are a lot of things parents are unaware of when it comes to their kids online activity.

Tonight, we told you what you should do to help make sure your children are safe online.

We will also had a panel of experts to answer your questions on how to keep your kids safe.

What should you be looking for? How do you know if your child is in danger?

We would like to thank our panel of experts for joining us tonight

40 Force: Protecting Against Predators – Online Resources
40 Force: Protecting Against Predators – Online Safety
40 Force: Protecting Against Predators – Dangerous Apps

Search right down to your neighborhood, using your address, at Family Watchdog
Search for the number of Level 2 or Level 3 Offenders in your town
Search for Level 3 Sex Offenders in your town on the Mass. Sex Offender Registry Board
U.S. Dept. of Justice National Sex Offender Registry

Obtaining Sex Offender Registration Information from your city or town
State Form to obtain Sex Offender Information from your city or town
Mass. Most Wanted High Risk Sex Offenders
Mass Definition of Sex Offender Classifications
Springfield Parent Academy

Penalties for Improper Use of Sex Offender Information:  Sex Offender Registry information shall not be used to commit a crime to engage in illegal discrimination or harassment of an registered offender. Any person who uses information disclosed pursuant to M.G.L. c 6. s 178C-178P for such purposes shall be punished by not more than two and one half (2 1/ 2) years in a house of correction or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1000.00) or both (M.G.L. c 6 s 178N). In addition, any person who uses registry information to threaten to commit a crime may be punished by a fine of not more that on hundred dollars ($100.00) or by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months. (M.G.L. c 275 s 4).

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