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Keep Kids Safe from Online Predators

With COVID-19, kids are spending more time than ever on the computer, some of it unsupervised. Sexual predators may be taking advantage of this situation. According to a Fox News opinion piece by Beth A. Williams, “reports of potential exploitation to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children [NCMEC] more than doubled from 983,734 in March 2019 to 2,027,520 in March 2020.” Predators rely on apps and platforms that feature user anonymity and end-to-end encryption, and they contact children through direct messaging, video chats, and file uploads. For help keeping children safe online, see the Department of Justice’s guidelines at Report online sexual exploitation at or call NCMEC at 800-843-5678.