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  1. Online Predators National Crime Prevention Council 2007

  2. Goal of This Presentation To inform parents of the dangers of online predators and provide tips to keep their children safe while using the Internet and other online services National Crime Prevention Council

  3. Objectives of This Presentation • Inform participants of the latest statistics • Become aware of the risks and benefits of the World Wide Web • Learn how online predators operate • Recognize if your child is a target for an online predator • Explore safety tips to share with children when using the Internet or other online services • Review resources in this topical area National Crime Prevention Council

  4. Source: Louis J. FreehFormer Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation “Our children are our nation’s most valuable asset. They represent the bright future of our country and hold our hopes for a better nation. Our children are also the most vulnerable members of society. Protecting our children against the fear of crime and from becoming victims of crime must be a national priority.” National Crime Prevention Council

  5. Statistics Regarding the Internet National Crime Prevention Council

  6. Internet Statistics By the end of 2004, there were 420 million pages of (online) pornography. It is believed that the majority of these websites are owned by fewer than 50 companies. Source: LaRue, Jan, “Obscenity and the First Amendment.” Summit on Pornography, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2322, May 19, 2005 National Crime Prevention Council

  7. Internet Statistics (continued) The U.S. pornography industry generates $12 billion in annual revenue—larger than the combined annual revenues of ABC, NBC, and CBS. Of that, the Internet pornography industry generates $2.5 billion in annual revenue. Source: Family Safe Media; January 10, 2006 National Crime Prevention Council

  8. Statistics Regarding Children and the Internet National Crime Prevention Council

  9. Statistics Regarding Children and the Internet • About 87% of adolescents ages 12–17 use the Internet. There are now approximately 11 million teens who go online every day, compared with 7 million in 2000. Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project, Teens and Technology, July 27, 2005 National Crime Prevention Council

  10. Statistics Regarding Children and the Internet (continued) A survey of 1,000 young people conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, released July 27, 2005, found that • Nine of ten young people have online access, which is up from 75% in 2000. • Many teenagers first get access to the Internet at age 10 or 12, many even younger. National Crime Prevention Council

  11. Statistics Regarding Children and the Internet (continued) • A survey of 10- to 17-year-olds revealed that 34% had posted their real names, telephone numbers, home addresses, or the names of their schools online • 45% had posted their dates of birth or ages • 18% had posted pictures of themselves Source: Janis Wolak, Kimberly Mitchell, and David Finkelhor, Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 2006 National Crime Prevention Council

  12. Statistics Regarding Children and the Internet (continued) • 50% of high school students “talk” in chat rooms or use instant messaging with Internet strangers • 20% of students in middle school and high school admit they have had face-to-face meetings with someone they first met on the Internet • 65% of high school students admit to unsafe, inappropriate, or illegal activities online Source: Market Wire, November 6, 2006; and i-SAFE Inc., December 12, 2006 National Crime Prevention Council

  13. Statistics Regarding Children and the Internet (continued) • More than three-quarters of the unwanted exposures to sexual material, solicitation, and approaches (79%) happened at home • 9% happened at school • 5% happened at friends’ homes • 5% happened in other places, including libraries Source: Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Crimes Against Children Research Center, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 4, 2006 National Crime Prevention Council

  14. Statistics Regarding Parents National Crime Prevention Council

  15. Statistics Regarding Parents • 80% of parents worry about their kids’ Internet use exposing them to predators • 76% of parents say they would like to make the Internet a safer place for kids • 83% of parents say there is no excuse for not knowing enough about the Internet to protect your kids or teens • 88% of parents think it’s more important to know what their kids are doing online than to respect their kids’ privacy Source: National Attitudinal Poll, Common Sense Media, June 7, 2006 National Crime Prevention Council

  16. Statistics Regarding Parents (continued) Parents don’t know the meanings of some of the most commonly used chat and instant messaging lingo. For example, • 57% don’t know LOL (laughing out loud) • 68% don’t know BRB (be right back) • 92% don’t know A/S/L (age/sex/location) Source: Parents’ Internet Monitoring Study, June 2006, Cox Communications, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and NetSmartz, December 14, 2005 National Crime Prevention Council

  17. Putting It in Perspective • Most children are more tech savvy than their parents. • Yet many children believe that they can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet. • Although the statistics are alarming, there are nationwide efforts to prevent online predators from being successful. • Parents can learn how to prevent their children from becoming victims. National Crime Prevention Council

  18. Risks and Benefits of theWorld Wide Web National Crime Prevention Council

  19. Risks and Benefits of the World Wide Web BENEFITS • World’s largest library • Global outreach • Source of entertainment The Internet RISKS • Children exposed to adult sites • Children don’t know what’s reliable and what isn’t • Lack of supervision National Crime Prevention Council

  20. Risks and Benefits of the World Wide Web (continued) BENEFITS • Marketing tool • A plethora of Information The Internet (continued) RISKS Vulnerability to online scams, cybercrimes, and predators Vulnerability to computer viruses National Crime Prevention Council

  21. Risks and Benefits of the World Wide Web (continued) BENEFITS • Instant communication with family and friends all over the world Using Email RISKS Children can set up private accounts without asking permission Exposure to spam and viruses National Crime Prevention Council

  22. Risks and Benefits of the World Wide Web BENEFITS • Ease of communication • Able to trade information and documents • Online education Using Email (continued) RISKS Vulnerability to hackers Victim of cybercrimes Computer viruses National Crime Prevention Council

  23. Risks and Benefits of the World Wide Web (continued) Social Networking BENEFITS • Children can express themselves, create a personal profile, showcase artwork, videos, and music • Allows children with similar interests to connect RISKS Children can post too much personal information Users can pose as someone else Children can post hurtful information about other children (cyberbullying) National Crime Prevention Council

  24. Factor Fiction? National Crime Prevention Council

  25. An email sent to a child that contains adult advertising, pornographic pictures and websites, or other inappropriate information is illegal. True or False National Crime Prevention Council

  26. True or False More than 20,000 pornographic pictures of children are posted on the Internet every week. National Crime Prevention Council

  27. True or False In the United States today, there are over 400,000 registered sex offenders and law enforcement has the ability to track their whereabouts. National Crime Prevention Council

  28. True or False In a chat room, PA stands for Pennsylvania. National Crime Prevention Council

  29. Small Group Activity National Crime Prevention Council

  30. What Does It Mean? • POS • PIR • P911 • PAW • PAL • ASL • MorF • SorG LMIRL KPC TDTM IWSN NIFOC GYPO ADR WYCM KFY MOOS MOSS or MOTSS NALOPKT CYT or SYT F2F WYRN National Crime Prevention Council

  31. Where Do Children Connect? • Children surf the Internet and send messages from their home computers, friends’ computers, the library, or even school. • Children connect at coffee shops or other popular “hotspots” using wireless connections and laptops. • Video games that are accessible on the Internet allow children from around the country to compete against each other. • Cell phones enable children to surf the web, exchange messages, photos, and short videos. National Crime Prevention Council

  32. How Do Online Predators Work? National Crime Prevention Council

  33. The anonymity of the Internet provides a perfect medium for predators to operate. Predators take advantage of this anonymity to build online relationships with inexperienced young people. National Crime Prevention Council

  34. How Online Predators Work • Find victims on the Internet • Find children in chat rooms, newsgroups, and via instant messages • Pose as other children • Listen and sympathize with children’s problems • Transmit and exchange child pornography National Crime Prevention Council

  35. How Online Predators Work (continued) • Give children attention, show kindness, give gifts • Are familiar with the latest “fads,” such as video games and movies • Show sympathy toward children and listen intently to their problems National Crime Prevention Council

  36. A Predator’s Journal National Crime Prevention Council

  37. EXAMPLE Lisa uses “TallGirll” as her username in a chatroom, where she receives a nasty message from “BobsOfFun.” Smartly, she ignores it, but BobsOfFun searches the web for other “TallGirll” references. (next slide) National Crime Prevention Council

  38. He finds that same username in an old posting about handbags on another site, where she gives her email address to another teen interested in a certain brand of purse. The email ends with, leading “BobsOfFun” to a private school site in Denver. A search on the school’s site finds a picture of a fundraiser selling handbags, with a noticeably tall teen named Lisa Hammner in the caption. A search of Hammner in Denver finds one listing, which includes a phone number and street address. National Crime Prevention Council

  39. How to Recognize If Your Child Is at Risk National Crime Prevention Council

  40. Examples of At-Risk Behaviors • Aggressive computer users • New to online activity • Actively seeking attention or affection • The type to try new, edgy activities in life • May feel isolated or lonely • Strong curious nature • Confused regarding sexual identity • Easily tricked by adults National Crime Prevention Council

  41. How to Recognize If Your Child Is Being Targeted National Crime Prevention Council

  42. Is Your Child a Target? • Does your child spend a great deal of time online? • Have you found suspicious information on his or her personal computer or the family computer? • Does your child receive phone calls from people you don’t know or make calls to numbers you don’t recognize? National Crime Prevention Council

  43. Is Your Child a Target? (continued) • Has your child received mail, gifts, or packages from someone you don’t know? • Has your child withdrawn from the family, from their friends, and become isolated? • Does your child quickly turn the computer monitor off or change the screen when you enter the room? • Is your child using someone else’s online account? National Crime Prevention Council

  44. What To Do If Your Child Is Targeted? • Save all documentation, including emails, instant messages, chat logs, and website addresses. • Check your computer for suspicious files or any type of sexual communication. • Monitor your child’s online activity for all live electronic communications. National Crime Prevention Council

  45. The World of Social Networking National Crime Prevention Council

  46. Examples of Social Networking Sites •—general interests •—school, college, work, and the military •—locating family and friends •—general interests • MSN Spaces—blogging, networking, and communities •—teenagers National Crime Prevention Council

  47. Internet Safety Tips National Crime Prevention Council

  48. Tips for Parents and Guardians:A Guide for Tweens (9- to 12-Year- Olds) National Crime Prevention Council

  49. Tips for Parents and Guardians:A Guide for Tweens (ages 9 to 12) • Communicate with your child about Internet use. • Set clear guidelines for your child for safe Internet use. • Keep Internet-connected computers in an open area and not in your child’s bedroom. • Teach your child never to give out personal information when using email, chat rooms, instant messaging, filling out registration forms, personal profiles, or entering online contests. National Crime Prevention Council

  50. Tips for Parents and Guardians: A Guide for Tweens (ages 9 to 12) • Teach your children not to download programs without your permission. • Encourage your children to tell you if something or someone makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened. • Talk to your children specifically about online pornography and possible predators. • Once a week, review with your children the websites they have visited. National Crime Prevention Council