One in five children is sexually solicited over the Internet, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. With today's fully wired and technology-savvy teens always a step ahead of parents and teachers, how do you make sure your kids are protected online? Here's a list of resources to help you out:
An online safety and help group packed with resources for parents, educators, and kids. Make sure to check out the parent section, where you can download a PDF copy of "Parenting Online."
HDOP: Help Delete Online Predators
Publishes information on how to talk to your kids and how to report online predators. Also, it has a vocabulary list to help you decipher online shorthand like POS (parent over shoulder) and A/S/L? (age, sex, location?), as well as Internet safety quizzes for kids and parents.
Cyber Tip Line
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's general information site.
Don't Believe the Type
Tips for teens on safer surfing from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
When Katie Tarbox was 13, she was molested by an older man she met over the Internet. Now 23, she has written a book for teens about her experience called A Girl's Life Online
, and she keeps this Web site to help other young victims of sexual exploitation.
A Wired Safety project, Teen Angels is a peer-education program for teens age 13-18. Kids can get info from peers about how to start similar programs in their own schools.
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