Here are several tips to ensure your child does not fall victim to online sexual exploitation: (1) pay attention to your child's online activity; (2) periodically review your child's computer or media devices for sexually graphic material; (3) take notice of any unusual phone calls to your child; (4) be mindful of any packages or mail to your child from a stranger; (5) watch to see if your child is using another person's login account, and (6) utilize parental controls provided by service providers. Educate your child on the dangers. Make sure your child never meets anyone they met online nor should they give out any personal information without discussing with you first. Keep computers in a common room with the monitor openly visible so you can observe activities. Resources for protecting your child can be found at the website for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) www.missingkids.com/home.
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