As much as we would enjoy not to have to report this, there are sexual predators online searching for your children all-day, all week, around-the-clock, around the calendar. Some "Internet detectives" report receiving "instant messages" from at least a dozen bona fide sexual predators per day, people who specialize in online solicitation of minors.
It's high time that responsible operators and users of the Internet fight back, and they have been. Recent developments in Internet predator prevention range from filtering or monitoring software, to Internet safety seminars for schools and organizations like the Parent Teachers Association (PTA).
Exposure of predator user names are being shared in these seminars and through membership services. The sinister work of online predators can be witnessed live during some seminar sessions. Techniques for Internet predator prevention are being innovated and expanded all the time. In other words, things are looking up.
At Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP in San Francisco, our experienced staff of child sexual abuse and Internet abuse lawyers want to applaud these encouraging developments and recommend several specific, authentic avenues for cleaning up the worldwide web for our children and friends.
Please contact our law offices if your child has been contacted by someone you suspect may be an Internet predator.
Internet Predator Prevention Resources
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) offers an outstanding array of resources on the subjects of Internet stalking and sexual exploitation of children. These can serve the benefit of the lay public, the counseling community and law enforcement agencies.
NCMEC's web presence for its Exploited Child Unit is extensive, providing a wealth of useful information on laws and legislation, pointers for parents and children relative to Internet monitoring, and lists of preventive measures regarding all aspects of child sexual exploitation.
The National CyberTipline has been organized by NCMEC in cooperation with the United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Customs Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If you know of possible illegal online activity related to child pornography, predatory behavior or any other type of child sexual exploitation that needs to be reported, call the CyberTipline's toll-free number at 1-800-843-5678
i-SAFE Incorporated bills itself as "the worldwide leader in Internet safety education." This nonprofit foundation, founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress, is devoted to the protection of online experiences for youngsters everywhere. It integrates classroom studies with community outreach to let students, teachers, parents, law enforcement offices and concerned adults know that the Internet can be made a safer place.
All of these innovations, plus the human element, must unite to effectively safeguard our children's online experience.
Contact Our San Francisco Law Firm
At Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP in San Francisco, we feel that our personal and family computers can be assets in Internet predator prevention. We want to emphasize its importance as an instrument for good in spotting the potential for child abuse.
Help us drive predators from society and prevent future instances of sexual abuse. Contact our law offices by toll-free phone, fax or e-mail. We're available 24/7 by email, and we have access to Spanish language interpretation too.