Bicycle Safety

Every year Sauk Prairie Police Officers respond to bicycle crashes that result in injuries to riders.  To prevent yourself from becoming the next victim of a bike crash, you should follow some simple rules. 

You should always wear a bike helmet when on your bike.  A properly fitted bike helmet protects you from serious head injury in a collision. 

You should follow the rules of the road.  This means riding your bike on the right side of the road, and obeying traffic signs and signals.  By ordinannce your bike is required to have a headlamp and red tail lamp lit during hours of darkness.  You also need to have proper reflectors on the bike.  You may be able to see fine, but you want motorists to be able to see you from a distance.

Children can learn more about bike safety by attending the annual bike safety rodeo sponsored by the Safe Community Coalition and the Sauk Prairie Police Dept.  The date and time of the event is usually sent home in a school bullitin and posted in the local newspapers.

Internet Safety

Internet safety is an important topic to discuss with children.  Online predators search chat rooms and social networking sites for naive and attention seeking children.  The Sauk Prairie Police Department is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  We have teamed up with the Safe Community Coalition and the Sauk Prairie School District to educate parents and children about online safety.

If you encounter child pornography online or on a computer, or your child or a child you know is being solicited online, report these incidents to the Cyber Tip Line at www.cybertipline.com.  The Cyber Tip Line is run by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  It is the national clearinghouse for tips on child sexual exploitation.

Here are some simple online safety rules for parents:

1. Keep your computer in an open area, this will allow you to monitor a child's online activity.
2. Install parental control software on your computer.  This software can aide you in monitoring a child's activity.  It is not a substitute for parenting.
3. Keep private information private.  Never give out personal information to anyone you don't know.  Don't put personal information on social netoworking sites or in chat rooms.  If you wouldn't put the information on a highway billboard, then you shouldn't post it online.

Many more online safety tips can be found at www.netsmartz411.org and at www.netsmartz.org.

For questions about internet safety click here to contact Officer Griffin.
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