What Can You Do To Minimize The Chances Of An On-line Exploiter Victimizing Your Child?
1. communicate, and talk to your child about sexual victimization and
potential on-line danger.
2. Spend time with your children on-line. Have them teach you
about their favorite on-line destinations.
3. Keep the computer in a common room in the house, not in your
child's bedroom. It is much more diffdicult for a computer-sex offender to
communicate with a child when the computer screen is visible to a parent or another member
of the household.
4. Utilize parental controls provided by your service provider and/or
blocking software. While electronic chat can be a great place for children to make
new friends and discuss various topics of interest, it is also prowled by computer-sex
offenders. Use of chat rooms, in particular, should be heavily monitored.
While parents should utilize these mechanisms, they should not totally rely on
5. Always maintain access to your child's on-line account and randomly
check his/her e-mail. Be aware that your child could be contacted through the U.S.
Mail. Be up front with your child about your access and reasons why.
6. Teach your child the responsible use of the resources on-line.
There is much more to the on-line experience than chat rooms.
7. find out what computer safeguards are utilized by your child's
school, the public library, and at the homes of your child's friends. These are all
places, outside your normal supervision, where your child could encounter an on-line
8. Understand, even if your child was a willing participant in any
form of sexual exploitation, that he/she is not at fault; he/she is the victim. The
offender always bears the complete responsibility for his or her actins.
9. Instruct your child:
a. to never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they met on-line;
b. to never upload (post) pictures of themselves onto the Internet or on-line service to
people they do not personally know;
c. to never give out identifying information such as their name, home
address, school name, or telephone number;
d. to never download pictures from an unknown source, as there is a good
chance there could be sexually explicit images;
e. to never respond to messages or bulletin board postings that are
suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or harassing;
f. that whatever they are told on-line may or may not be true.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Office of Crimes Against Children
935 Pennsylvania Aveue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535
National Center For Missing & Exploited Children