If you are a parent, this question has crossed your mind at some point. Nothing is more frightening than the thought of something happening to one of your kids.
Today, we want to give you four powerful tools in the fight against sexual predators, both online and offline.
1) Watchdog Sexual Predators Map
You can use the Family Watchdog service to locate registered sex offenders in your area. Just enter an address and you will be taken to the Watchdog Sexual Predators Map. You can click on the squares that appear and see photos (where available), addresses, convictions and other information about the offender.
Their notification service is also very simple. You specify an addresses that you want to watch and a radius around that address on the Watchdog Sexual Predators Map. If a convicted offender registers an address in your area, Family Watchdog will alert you.
Visit Family Watchdog
2) Instant Amber
Did you know that a child goes missing every 40 seconds in the United States?
There is a one in forty-two chance that your child will go missing before the age of 19. Do not assume that it won’t happen to your family.
With InstantAmber, you will be as prepared as possible because your child’s current information and photos are securely stored and available on the web.
InstantAmber enables you to enter critical information about your child in four main areas:
- Identity – your child’s general characteristics and habits
- Images – you get an unlimited number of photo uploads
- Relationships – unlimited types, such as relatives, friends or neighbors
- Medical – your child’s specific requirements or special needs, if any
With InstantAmber, law enforcement will have instant access to your child’s profile, with your permission, from anywhere at anytime.
Because InstantAmber was created with assistance from law enforcement, they know exactly what information is needed to help the police find your missing child.
You’ve got to face the facts. Facebook is no longer a safe haven. YouDiligence is service launched late last year that will alert you to questionable content on Facebook, MySpace and other social networking websites.
When your child (or one of their friends) posts inappropriate or questionable content on their page, an email alert is sent to you. A comprehensive report is also stored on the user’s dashboard.
Reports include time, the inappropriate words used, the context of how the terms was used, where it was posted (i.e., on a profile page, caption, wall comment, or if child writing a comment on someone else’s page) and a link to the exact URL.
4) The Dark Side of the Internet
Do you know the signs your child might show if they are at risk from an online predator? Do you know the steps to take to protect your child? Do you know what to do if your child is contacted by an online predator?
The Dark Side of the Internet is an e-book that tells you the signs they might show if they are at risk, the steps you can take to protect your child and exactly what to do if they are contacted by an online predator.
The average age of first internet exposure to pornography is 11. Don’t let your child be one of these statistics.
It is estimated that there are 420 million pages of pornography on the internet.
The Dark Side of the Internet shows you “the dark side” of the internet and how to keep your children safe.
With these four tools,you will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your children are safe.
Happy safe surfing!
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