The Cyber Tipline helps prevent sexual exploitation of children by reporting cases of kids enticed online to do sexual acts.
While sexual predators have targeted children in chat rooms, they migrate to wherever young people go online, Shehan says.
In the age of You Tube, a website that hosts videos shot by users, "Kids are looking for their 15 megabytes of fame," Aftab says. If it's a one-time thing, try to ignore the bully and block future contact, she says.
Recently, cyberbullies have also begun posting humiliating videos of other kids they dislike, says Parry Aftab, a cyberspace security and privacy lawyer who also serves as executive director of Wired Safety.org, one of the largest Internet safety education groups in the world.Once she began dating him, a jealous girl flooded her computer with a stream of nasty messages."She'd say, 'I hate you; leave the school,' and she called me every name in the book," says Handy, now an 18-year-old senior in New Jersey.Internet Safety Tips Some tips from for responding to cyberbullying: The online world opens the door for trusting young people to interact with virtual strangers - even people they'd normally cross the street to avoid in real life.About 1 in 7 kids have been sexually solicited online, says John Shehan, Cyber Tipline program manager for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia.You can view the Internet browser history to see which websites your child is visiting, Shehan says.But since kids can delete this history, you may want to install Internet filtering software to block porn sites in the first place.Internet Safety Tips Camera phones, digital cameras and web cams are everywhere these days, and kids can be victims of their own inexperience with new technology.Many post pictures, videos or notes online that they later regret."In terms of predators, that's obviously a hot spot where they can go to research victims," Shehan says."They need to meet these kids, groom these children and become friends." Predators may take on fake identities and feign interest in a child's favorite bands, TV shows, video games or hobbies.