ERIC Number: ED455013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety.
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC. Crimes against Children Unit.
While online computer exploration opens a world of possibilities, children and adolescents online can be exposed to individuals who attempt to sexually exploit children through the use of online services and the Internet. This pamphlet, prepared from actual investigations involving child victims, was designed to help parents understand the complexities of online child exploitation and to prevent children and adolescents from becoming victims of crime. The pamphlet describes signs that a child might be at risk online, including their spending large amounts of time online, finding pornography on the child's computer, and the child receiving gifts or packages from someone unknown to the parents. Tips are given for parents if they suspect that their child is communicating with a sexual predator online, including talking openly with their child, reviewing what is on the child's computer, using Caller ID service, purchasing devices to show telephone numbers dialed from the home telephone, and contacting law enforcement agencies. In addition, steps parents can take to minimize the chances of an online exploiter victimizing their child are delineated, including talking to the child about sexual victimization, spending time with children online, keeping the computer in a common room rather than in the child's bedroom, using parental controls provided by the Internet service provider, and teaching the child responsible use of online resources. Specific instructions for children are also delineated. Answers to frequently asked questions about electronic mail and online services are answered. The pamphlet concludes with definitions of related terms and a list of phone numbers for field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Safety, Children, Crime, Internet, Parent Materials, Pornography, Prevention, Victimization, Victims of Crime
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Crimes Against Children Unit, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20535. Tel: 202-324-3666.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC. Crimes against Children Unit.