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The Internet offers children outstanding opportunities for educational growth and fun, but it can also make them targets for exploitation.

Predators may use Internet e-mail, chatrooms, and online games as a way to contact children and send them sexual solicitations.

Learn ways to keep your children safe while they are exploring the cyberworld.

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  • 1 in 5 children is sexually solicited online.

  • 1 in 4 children has been sent a picture of naked people or people having sex online.

  • 1 in 32 children received an aggressive sexual solicitation.  The solicitor asked to meet them somewhere; called them on the telephone; sent them regular mail, money, or gifts.

  • 1 in 17 children was threatened or harassed.

  • About one quarter of the youth who encounter a sexual solicitation or approach told a parent.

The above statistics and additional safety information are available at NetSmartz.

If you have any information about a missing child, call 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678).



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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U. S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, state and local law enforcement, and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces serves as the national Cyber Tipline and as the national Child Pornography Tipline 1-800-843-5678.

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