Online Safety Tips for Your Family

Learn more about keeping your family safer online with Safe Virtual Neighborhood’s tips and information.

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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The 22 Dangerous Apps Parents Should Look for On Their Kids’ Phones

The 22 Dangerous Apps Parents Should Look for On Their Kids’ Phones

The average person has over 45 apps.  Parents should look out for these potentially dangerous apps on their child's phone. ASKfm is a social media app that encourages people to allow anonymous users to ask them questions. It is known for cyber-bullying, trolling, swatting, and encouraging suicidal behaviors. Avoid this app. Badoo is an adult dating app. While age restrictions are...

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Is your child at risk online?  5 Questions for Parents

Is your child at risk online? 5 Questions for Parents

Is your child at risk online? Here are five questions for parents to reduce the risk that your child would become a victim of online exploitation, sextortion, or sex trafficking.     What is your child’s age and gender? Teens and preteens (11-15) are most vulnerable as they are most curious about sex and most naïve about predators. Girls are targeted and exploited 5 times more...

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Tips for Talking to Children About Sex Offenders

Tips for Talking to Children About Sex Offenders

You may have received a notice of a registered sex offender that moved close to where you live. Maybe you are concerned because your child walks to the school bus past the home of a registered sex offender. Many parents print the map of offenders in their neighborhood before their children trick-or-treat or sell candy door-to-door for school fundraisers....

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School Closures Create an Increased Risk of Exploitation: Helpful Safety Tips from OffenderWatch

School Closures Create an Increased Risk of Exploitation: Helpful Safety Tips from OffenderWatch

Due to families spending more time at home and online, children are at an unprecedented risk of being exploited by sexual predators, and suspects may be more likely to coerce victims through sexploitation, according to the FBI. In a March 23 statement from the FBI, the investigative agency warned parents that “due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an...

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Internet Safety Tips for Teens

Internet Safety Tips for Teens Here are some things you can do to stay safe online. Be smart about what you post on the Web and what you say to others. The Web is a lot more public and permanent than it seems. Provocative and sexy names and pictures can draw attention from people you don't want in your life. Sexy pictures can get you into trouble with the law. If you are underage, they may be...

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