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According to a 2006 report by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children more than 1/3 of youth surveyed were exposed to unwanted sexual material while online.

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The best way to combat sexual exploitation and abduction is to prevent it. Visit the following websites for information on child exploitation and how to protect your children.

Public Service Announcements from the Department of Justice

The Department of Justice launched a national public service announcement (PSA) campaign to educate parents about the potential dangers that their children face online and warns potential online predators that exploiting a child online is a serious federal offense.

Know where your children go online

Exploiting a minor is a major offense

The truth behind the screen


An educational resource for parents and guardians, educators, law enforcement, teens and kids from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that discusses various Internet safety topics.


A parents' and guardians' premier online resource for answering questions about Internet safety, computers and the Web.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Official site for current information about services and programs for missing and exploited children. NCMEC operates a national 24-hour toll-free hotline, the CyberTipline, and provides other services and programs that help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families and the professionals who serve them.

Growing Up Online, A Frontline documentary

In Growing Up Online, Frontline takes viewers inside the very public private worlds that kids are creating online, raising important questions about how the Internet is transforming childhood and the implications this has on child online exploitation.

The Gripping Testimony of a Child Victim

Nineteen-year-old Alicia Kozakiewicz, who survived a kidnapping and brutal sexual abuse by an online sex predator, testifies before a House committee. Through her gripping testimony, she urges Congress to pass legislation stiffening penalties against online predators.

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This information is made available to the public and law enforcement in the interest of public safety.