Perv chat rooms
) -- thus allowing children to verify that screen name Britney Rulez333 does not actually belong to a 45-year-old man. Just as they learn to cross the street without holding an adult's hand, so they need to learn how to wander the internet safely.
"The value of empowering our children, through education," she concluded, "with the knowledge and critical-thinking skills that they need to be able to assess the every-day situations they will encounter while online cannot be overstressed...
Gradually try to get you off public chat rooms to private conversations or meet you in person.And precisely 0 of the 1,501 children said they had been sexually contacted or assaulted due to online solicitations.This seems significant to me, given that 21% of all children -- statistically, hundreds of the children in the phone survey -- are sexually abused (by some definition of the term) before age 18.Lie about their age, gender, appearance, address, job, school, friends, sports—anything to fool you into trusting them.
Use Internet lingo in chat rooms and IM to pretend they are teens just like you. That way if there's trouble, adults or police won't have any evidence of what they've been up to.
The witnesses were Katie Tarbox, who in 1995, at age 13, had been inadequately briefed on the "rules of the net" and disasterously agreed to meet a child predator she'd chatted with online; two local law enforcement personnel, John Karraker and Jim Gregart; Ruben Rodriguez, the Director of the Exploited Child Unit for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Caroline Curtin, the Director of Children's Policy for AOL; and Kathleen Tucker, the Director of Curriculum Development for I-Safe America.