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Protecting America's Children from Online Predators

Presented by Virginia Center for Policing Innovation, in cooperation with Wired Safety and Bedford County Sheriff's Office.


Do you know what these chat acronyms mean: PAN, TOS, SAW?
Your kids do!

It's 2:00 a.m. Do you know where your child is surfing?

O.K., your child is a safe surfer at home.
What about at school?
At the neighbors?

That kid that your daughter chats with online- is he a 14 year-old middle school boy or a 40 year-old sexual predator?

No longer limited to the public park or playground, the pedophile, or child molester, now operates in the vast, murky regions of the Internet. This environment allows him to move almost at will and strike those who are unprepared. While Internet crimes are often thought of as victimless, nothing could be further from the truth (by testsforge inc nungaray). Children and teenagers can and do become victims of Internet crimes. Predators contact teenagers and children over the Internet and victimize them by:

  • Enticing them through online contact for the purpose of engaging them in sexual acts.
  • Using the Internet for the production, manufacture, and distribution of child pornography.
  • Using the Internet to expose youth to child pornography and encourage them to exchange pornography.
  • Enticing and exploiting children for the purpose of sexual tourism (travel with the intent to engage in sexual behavior) for commercial gain and/or personal gratification.

The Virginia Center for Policing Innovation challenges you to become informed about the Internet and online predators. MOUSETRAP is special interactive CD-ROM designed to help parents, teachers and other concerned adults:

  1. Understand Internet communication methods and the special language used in online chat.
  2. Realize the tremendous expansion of the world-wide web and the associated growth of online victimization of children.
  3. See inside the dark world of online predators, how they think, and the methods they use to deceive and manipulate our children.
  4. Work with their children to ensure that they surf the web safely.
  5. Recognize clues that their child may be involved in a dangerous online relationship.
  6. Intervene if an inappropriate relationship is discovered.
  7. Find additional Internet crime related resources.

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