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Internet Safety

Kids are using the internet now more than ever.

 

To ensure kids stay safe when they go online for schoolwork and for socialization, caregivers should stay involved in their children's digital world.

Parents, guardians, caregivers, and teachers can take the following measures to help protect children from becoming victims of online child predators .

Spot the Red Flags


A child who is experiencing online enticement may be:

  • Spending increasing time online.

  • Getting upset when he or she is not allowed on their device.    

  • Taking extra steps to conceal what they are doing online.

  • Receiving gifts from people you don’t know.

For more resources, visit The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Caregivers should familiarize themselves with the apps their kids are using and use parental controls where possible.

Be proactive. Teach kids to spot common tricks used by online offenders. In National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cyber-Tip line reports, the most common tactics used to entice a child online were:

  • Engaging the child in sexual conversation/roleplay as a grooming method.

  • Directly asking the child for sexually explicit images of themselves, or offering to mutually exchange  images.      

  • Developing a rapport with the child through compliments and other supportive behaviors such as “liking” their online posts.      

  • Sending unprompted sexually explicit images of themselves.     

  • Pretending to be younger.      

  • Offering incentives for explicit content.

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