Keep kids safe online with these helpful guides
SmartSocial.com has this handout (PDF) of positive, neutral, and dangerous apps for kids.
The MBF Foundation has advice for maintaining safe social digital distance.
Parents looking for materials to help kids learn about digital safety can look to Netsmartz by missingkids.org.
Caregivers can also find age-based guidelines for Internet Safety at internetsafety101.org.
Please report any instances of online exploitation of a child including misleading links or websites to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline. Report online or by phone at 1-800-843-5678
Prevention education is different for different age groups. For children, prevention is about educating young kids about their bodies and knowing when touching becomes inappropriate. For teens and youth, it’s about understanding when a perpetrator is grooming them into a victim. For adults, we teach people what to do if a child tells you they have been abused and how to react. We also teach adults how to identify signs abuse may be happening in a child’s life.
Susie’s Place has two prevention education programs
A program by Darkness to Light Stewards of Children for adults seeking to know the signs of abuse, how to react if and when a child discloses abuse, and how to approach children you suspect may need help.
A program by the Monique Burr Foundation Child and Teen Safety Matters designed exclusively for schools and youth group leaders. This course helps kids and teens understand safe body boundaries, what is and isn’t appropriate, sexual health and positive behaviors, and how to come forward to disclose suspected abuse.
New research from the University of Evansville shows prevention education may not significantly increase the number of children who come forward and disclose abuse. But those who do and have also taken part in prevention education are far more likely to be detailed and specific in their disclosures. This helps law enforcement and prosecutors in the course of an investigation.
The students seem very engaged and it stimulated a great deal of conversation about the important topics.
— School counselor
You may be interested in registering for these upcoming training and prevention events
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