The internet is an incredibly useful and important tool for children and teens, but it is not without risks, as the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is well aware. Our Cybertipline was created in 1998 to provide the public and electronic service providers with the ability to make an online report of instances of online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names and misleading words or digital images on the Internet. In 2016 alone, CyberTipline received 8.2 million reports, most of which related to:
- Apparent child sexual abuse images online.
- Online enticement, including “sextortion.”
- Child sex trafficking.
- Child sexual molestation.
Since its inception, the CyberTipline has received more than 20 million reports.
Netsmartz Online Safety Program
Knowing the threats that children and teens face online, NCMEC has created a robust online safety program for children and teens called Netsmartz. NetSmartz offers free, age-appropriate resources including videos, songs, games, presentations and classroom lessons to teach essential digital citizenship skills and to help children learn to protect themselves and their friends online.
NetSmartz also has resources for parents and other trusted adults who may be seeking information on how to talk to children about technology use or protecting them online, visit NetSmartz.org for more!