Nationally, 2020 was a record-breaking year with more than 37,872 reports of online enticement reports which was a 97% increase over 2019.
HOW TO PROTECT CHILDRED
Monitor your child’s computer and phone usage.
Know what apps your child is using.
Know your child’s username and passwords.
Control access to chat rooms or instant messaging.
Educate yourself about digital devices, apps, and the internet.
HOW CHILDREN CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES
Do not give out personal information or arrange face to face meeting with someone you have met online.
Do not take, keep, or send inappropriate pictures of yourself or others.
Remember that online posts are forever. Do not post images or comments that you would not want to see on a job or college application.
For invaluable information for both parents and children we recommend https://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz