Frequently Asked Questions

1. My child has received an e-mail advertising for a pornographic website, what should I do?

    Generally, advertising for an adult, pornographic website that is sent to an e-mail address does not violate federal law or the current laws of most states.   In some states it may be a violation of law if the sender knows the recipient is under the age of 18.  Such advertising can be reported to your service provider and, if known, the service provider of the originator.  It can also be reported to your state and federal legislators, so they can be made aware of the extent of the problem.

2. Is any service safer than the others?

    Sex offenders have contacted children via most of the major on-line services and the Internet.  The most important factors in keeping your child safe on-line are the utilization of appropriate blocking software and/or parental controls, along with open, honest discussions with your child, monitoring his/her on-line activity, and following the memtioned tips.

3. Should I just forbid my child from going on-line?

    There are dangers in every part of our society.  By educating your children to these dangers and taking appropriate steps to protect them, they can benefit from the wealth of information now available on-line.

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Office of Crimes Against Children
935 Pennsylvania Aveue, NW
Washington, D.C.   20535
(202) 324-3666

National Center For Missing & Exploited Children