Safety Tips for Your Family

Learn more about keeping your child safer from child predators in real life and online.

Back to School Safety Tips

Back to School Safety Tips

And just like that, summer is coming to an end and back to school is right around the corner. We've compiled some tips to help ensure you and your kids start the new school year off safely. Click here to download the pdf: Back to School Safety 2022.

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A Conversation You Must Have with Your Kid

A Conversation You Must Have with Your Kid

As parents, you have probably used the phrase ‘Stranger Danger” to describe to your kids those people to avoid. However, some kids will heed the warning from their parents, and some would still go with a stranger if offered candy or to assist in looking for a stranger’s lost dog. In today’s world, it’s even scarier because “strangers” can now attempt to contact your kid in real life and online....

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Online Predators and the Grooming Process

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

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

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 

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...

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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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