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The key to protecting your children online, and more importantly, teaching them how to protect themselves online, is to be aware of the environment they are in when they
instant message, chat, text and learn online. We provide the following information in hopes that it will help you open up a dialog with your children regarding both the potential benefits and potential dangers that are a reality of online activity. In this section we
provide materials regarding our purview, online child exploitation. However, we also suggest you discuss
cyberbullying, the permanency of what is posted online and how
it can impact your child's future. For more information on those topics please use the Internet Safety Partners link. You can also view our MO ICAC brochure, which provides tips for talking to your children about
Online Child Exploitation
Definition: Technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation including possession, distribution and creation of child pornography, as well as attempts by individuals to lure and travel to meet children for sexual encounters.
Online child sexual exploitation is not only a mouthful to say, but a difficult topic to discuss with children, tweens and teens. For some the first step might be familiarizing themselves with Internet terminology and file types. To help you do that we have provided a glossary of terms in our Internet 101
section and a link to a list of file extensions and their
definitions. Others might be ready to visit out
Internet Safety Partners section and search for videos, games and public service announcements to further facilitate conversation.
If you wish to view an online safety presentation you can do so in our Presentations
Other Links of Interest:
Common Sense Media: Six Ways to Be a Media-Savvy Parent in 2012
KidsFirst: Safer Online
To provide a tip,
call 1-800-THE LOST
or visit the National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children.