Little girl at a computerProtect Yourself or Your Child on the Internet

When children go online, they have direct and immediate access to friends, family, and complete strangers, which can put unsuspecting children at great risk. Children who meet and communicate with strangers online are easy prey for Internet predators. Predators have easy and anonymous access to children online where they can conceal their identity and roam without limit. Often, we have an image of sexual predators lurking around school playgrounds or hiding behind bushes scoping out their potential victims, but the reality is that today’s sexual predators search for victims while hiding behind a computer screen, taking advantage of the anonymity the Internet offers.

 

1 in 5 children will be solicited sexually online.

Sexual solicitations of youth occur:

  • Chatrooms (37%)
  • Instant Messaging (40%)
  • Other, like gaming devices (21%)

Use these simple measures to protect your children online:

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