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Warning Signs

Your child may be in contact with an online predator if he or she:

  • Becomes secretive about online activities
  • Becomes obsessive about being online
  • Gets angry when he or she can’t get online
  • Receives phone calls from people you do not know or makes calls to numbers that you do not recognize
  • Receives gifts, mail, or packages from someone you do not know
  • Withdraws from family and friends
  • Changes screens or turns off computer when an adult enters a room
  • Begins downloading pornography online

"One of the devices that predators use in the interactions with kids is sending them explicit photos of themselves. What they're trying to do is sort of deaden the nerve endings. They're trying to beat down the resistance. It's part of the grooming process to normalize what they're trying to do. And it's pretty insidious."

— Ernie Allen, former President & CEO, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children