National Center For Missing & Exploited
Children. If you have encountered any form of ON-LINE
sexual exploitation of children, we strongly encourage you to
report it here.
The internet can be a wonderful world of education of education
for all of us, but for children, exploring the internet can lead to
Below are several important "tips" for parents to help safeguard
- Get informed about computers and the Internet. Let your
children show you what they can do online, and visit their favorite
- Keep the computer in an open, common area of your home. Be
aware of any other computers your child may be
personal information. Also make sure that a web site offers a
secure connection before giving credit-card information. Talk to
children about what personal information is and why you should
never give it to people online.
- If your children use chat or E-mail, talk to them about never
meeting in person with anyone they first "met" online. Know who
your children are exchanging E-mail with, and only let them use
chat areas when you can supervise.
- Talk to your children about not responding to offensive or
dangerous E-mail, chat, or other communications. Report any such
communication to local law enforcement. Do not delete the offensive
or dangerous E-mail; turn off the monitor, and contact local law
- Clear, simple, easy-to-read house rules should be posted on or
near the computer. The rules should include the time of day that
children may be online, the length of time they may be online, whom
they may communicate with while online, and appropriate areas for
them to visit while online.
- Look into safeguarding programs or options your online service
provider might offer. These may include monitoring or filtering
- Internet accounts should be in the parent's name with parents
having the primary screenname, controlling passwords, and using
blocking and/or filtering devices. Children should not complete a
profile for a service provider and children's screennames should be
nondescript so as not to identify that the user is a child.
- If you suspect online "stalking" or sexual exploitation of a
child, report it to your local law-enforcement agency. You may also
report online via the CyberTipline® atwww.cybertipline.com or 1-800-843-5678.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
has a system for identifying online predators and child
pornographers and contributing to law-enforcement investigations.
Leads forwarded to the site will be acknowledged and shared with
the appropriate law-enforcement agency for investigation.