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Online Safety for Youth

This page contains topical federal and federally-supported materials and websites.

Featured Resource

Safety Pledge
Developed with funding support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Safety Pledge website provides free resources to help parents, educators, and caregivers learn more about the risks that children face online and how to respond safely. NCMEC partnered with the White House and Department of Justice on this new campaign to combat online child exploitation.

Publications

Keeping Children Safe Online
U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, February 2020

Staying Safe on Social Network Sites
U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, March 2019

Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule: A Six-Step Compliance Plan for Your Business
Federal Trade Commission, June 2017

Online Privacy & Safety Tips
Office on Violence Against Women-Sponsored, 2017

National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction
U.S. Department of Justice, October 2016

Heads Up: Stop. Think. Connect
Federal Trade Commission, September 2016

Protecting Children Online: Using Research-Based Algorithms to Prioritize Law Enforcement Internet Investigations
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, May 2016

Internet-Facilitated Sexual Offending
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking-Sponsored, July 2015

The Role of Technology in Peer Harassment: Does It Amplify Harm for Youth?
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, June 2015

Related Resources

Crimes Against Children Research Center
Funded in part by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Crimes Against Children Research Center serves to combat crimes against children by providing research and statistics to the public, policy makers, law enforcement, and other child welfare personnel.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The FBI works to prevent criminals, sexual predators, and others intent on malicious destruction from using the internet and online services to steal from, defraud, and otherwise victimize citizens, businesses, and communities. See the following FBI webpages to learn more:

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Protecting Kids Online
This section of the FTC site provides online privacy guidelines and resources for kids, parents, and educators.

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program
Funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the ICAC Task Force Program was created to help law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to individuals who use the internet, online communication systems, or other computer technology to sexually exploit children.

Keeping Children Safe Online
Due to COVID-19, kids and adults are online more than ever, often unsupervised in the same space. This Department of Justice webpage provides information, tips, videos, and more to help kids stay safe.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
The NCMEC mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

NetSmartz
Developed in part through funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NetSmartz offers free, multimedia internet safety presentations tailored for specific audiences – parents and communities, tweens, teens, and younger children.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. See the OJJDP Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children page for topical information.

Project iGuardian
Project iGuardian is a national cyber safety campaign spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. As part of Project iGuardian, schools and youth groups can request presentations on how to avoid falling victim to online sexual predators.

Project Safe Childhood (PSC)
This U.S. Department of Justice initiative combats the use of computers for the purposes of sexual exploitation crimes against children. It aims to investigate and prosecute offenders, as well as protect and assist victimized children. Access the PSC site for videos/public service announcementspublications, and additional resources.

U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS)
The mission of the CEOS is to protect the welfare of America's children and communities by enforcing federal criminal statutes relating to the exploitation of children and obscenity.