Online Safety Tips for Your Family

Learn more about keeping your child safer online.

Online Predators and the Grooming Process

In today’s technology driven world, kids use social media sites, chat rooms, and texting as their primary communication tools. Online predators know this and are constantly roaming these online spaces for their next victims. There are an estimated 500,000 online predators active each day. Children between 12 and 15 are especially susceptible to being groomed by a predator they have met online....

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Make Kids Safety A Priority

Family life can become a hectic routine of work, school, meals, bills, and after school activities. But the safety of your kids stays a priority throughout your busy day. Smart phones and the internet bring more access than ever to your kids by predators. Busy parents are looking for tools to make it easier to protect their kids online and on their phones. According to a recent survey by Pew...

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Parent Alerts Can Save Your Child from The Unthinkable

Has your child stopped to talk with a predator? Does your child pass by a registered sex offender’s house when walking back from school or while riding her bike? The OffenderWatch app sends you a text message if your child lingers near a known offender’s residence.  Do you know if registered sex offenders live near your child? 80% of homes in the U.S. are within a mile of a registered...

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Facebook Among Top Social Sites for Human Trafficking Activity 

In today’s hi-tech world, it’s too easy for predators to find and contact potential victims. Children and teens love making friends and posting on social media. But do they really know their online “friends”?  According to the 2020 Human Trafficking Report distributed by the Human Trafficking Institute, the internet is a major platform for traffickers to recruit sex trafficking victims. In...

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Follow These Easy and Important Steps to Keep Your Child Safer Online

Follow These Easy and Important Steps to Keep Your Child Safer Online

Parents should be proactive in protecting their children from online predators. Here are some to things to do now. The internet is a very powerful tool. It gives us instant access to enormous amounts of valuable information, amazing entertainment, and keeps us connected with friends and family. However, as useful and enjoyable as it is, the...

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Shining a Bright Light on Social Media’s Shadows

Shining a Bright Light on Social Media’s Shadows

Sexual predators have come to rely on the cover and anonymity of social media to identify, groom, and ensnare victims.  It is easier for criminals to cover their tracks in the digital realm than the terrestrial realm.  In addition, social media platforms, video games and other digital platforms provide predators with the ability to reach out nationally, far beyond their own zip codes....

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2020 App Roundup – Safety Recommendations for this Year’s Popular Apps

2020 App Roundup – Safety Recommendations for this Year’s Popular Apps

We often see questions from parents about the new apps their kids are using. Are they safe? What does this app do? Are there any parental controls I can use? Here are some recommendations from the OffenderWatch Team to help navigate this year’s most popular social media platforms.  Discord This app originally started as a meeting place for video gamers to chat but has evolved into a platform for...

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Sexting Prevention 101 – Tips for Parents

Sexting Prevention 101 – Tips for Parents

Parents—Are Your Kids Sexting?   What is sexting?  Sexting, slang for “sexual texting,” is the sending or receiving of a sexually suggestive text, photo, or video via a device. Teens often participate in this kind of interaction to look cool, fit in, flirt or have a “safe” alternative to sex without physical interaction. While it may not transmit...

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What Parents and Youth Should Know About Sextortion

What Parents and Youth Should Know About Sextortion

Sextortion is an internet crime in which young girls and boys are being increasingly targeted. A young life can be turned upside down by an online predator who takes advantage of youth and vulnerability to terrorize and demand sexually explicit images.Sextortion [sexual + extortion] is a form of sexual exploitation that happens when a perpetrator uses coercion to obtain sexual images, videos,...

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How to Defend You and Your Children Against “Zoombombs”

How to Defend You and Your Children Against “Zoombombs”

While many of us and our children have gone back to work and school, a lot of people across the country are still dealing with blended online and in-person meetings, lectures, webinars and school lessons. The FBI continues to educate the public about the threat of “Zoombombing,” or the infiltration of malicious actors in private online meetings, and has reported over 240 instances of Zoom...

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