Resources For Parents

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As the nation's clearinghouse and comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization, NCMEC leads the fight against abduction, abuse, and exploitation - because every child deserves a safe childhood.

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A resource used to block spammers, fraudulent calls, and enables business and individuals to connect cleanly.

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A comprehensive, multi-platform security for all aspects of your digital life. Secures Mac, Windows, Android and Linux devices.

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Snopes is a fact-checking website. It has been described as a "well-regarded reference for sorting out myths and rumors" on the Internet. It has also been seen as a source for validating and debunking urban legends and similar stories in American popular culture. 

FactCheck.org is a nonprofit website that describes itself as a "consumer advocate for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics"

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Hoax Slayer is a website established in 2003 by Brett Christensen, dedicated to critically analyzing the veracity of urban legends. While it is best known for debunking false stories, internet scams and it also hosts a page listing strange but true urban legends.

Online Quick Tips

If Your Child is Bullied Online:

1) Block the person bullying

2) Report the behavior to the site/app where it occurred

3) Ignore any future outreach from that person - any future engagement on your part can be misinterpreted

Prevention:

1) Turn off your location sharing on your social media apps and photo app

Make sure you know all of your children's social media, e-mail and other online passwords

2) Try not to engage in "Sharenting" - i.e. oversharing photos and details about your children's lives, especially on professional and/or "public" accounts.

3) Help your children find 3 trusted adults that are not parents or guardians to talk to if they are concerned about anything that happens in their lives, and in particular online.