Unfortunately, Internet crimes against children are committed every day...but there is something the victims can do to help stop these child predators and bullies. Cyberbullying and Online Sextortion continue because victims often actively hide the fact that they are being harassed or abused. Letting a trusted adult know about the abuse is the most important thing a victim can do...also,
1. Everyone...parents and teens need to be informed that these crimes are happening anywhere there is Internet access.
2. Teen dating has dramatically changed in recent times; normal adolescent sexual exploration is accelerated through new technologies that provide instant and anonymous communication.
3. The use of communication devices in the home needs to be rigorously managed by parents in order to keep kids safe while still providing them with useful knowledge.
4. Families need to have more healthy conversations about good behavior online and off.
5. If you know a child who is being harassed or extorted online contact your local Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. You should also report suspected child exploitation to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or www.missingkids.com