Sometimes adults feel like they don't know quite as much as their children do about the Internet. NetSmartz411 is your opportunity to learn more. Anyone - a parent, guardian, grandparent, stepparent, teacher, or concerned friend - is welcome to use NetSmartz411 to better understand the opportunities and challenges children face online.
Your question will be answered by professionals who know a lot about Internet safety - the real-life analysts at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). We handle daily reports about the online exploitation of children, and know steps you can take to keep the children and teens in your life safer online.
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CTIA-The Wireless Association®, The Wireless Foundation™, NCMEC and Syniverse announced on December 31, 2012, the Wireless AMBER Alerts™ program will end operations, as a part of the nation’s transition to the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program. Millions of cellphone users across the country will now receive free, automatic notifications about abducted children in their area as part of the WEA program.
Safe to Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse
Protecting children and providing them safe spaces in which they can learn, play, and grow is central to the mission of every youth-serving organization. That is why NCMEC and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation are hosting Safe to Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse, an invite-only summit to engage youth sports organizations, issue experts, athletes, parents, and others committed to preventing the sexual abuse of child athletes.
Take 25 is a preventive child safety campaign created by NCMEC in honor of National Missing Children’s Day. Annually honored on May 25th, this day serves as a reminder to the nation to make child safety a national priority. You can take action by hosting or planning to participate in a Take 25 community event, or simply making an effort to spend time talking to kids about safety.
To learn more about Take 25 and how to get involved, click here.
FBI Recovers Abducted Child Taken Overseas and Missing for 12 Years
After a 12-year quest, a New York father has been reunited with his daughter, who was taken overseas by her mother when she was 2 years old. The mother has been charged with international kidnapping. Over the years, NCMEC worked closely with the father and the FBI to get publicity for the case in the hopes that someone might know their whereabouts. The case was featured on television shows, including "America's Most Wanted" and "Without a Trace."
Virtual Tour of NCMEC
Learn about the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children through this inside look at our headquarters. Meet the teams that help find missing children, identify child victims of sexual exploitation and prevent these crimes from happening. Watch here.
YOU Make a Difference
Help NCMEC celebrate Matching Gift Month by going on ourMatching Gift Page to find out if your employer has a matching gift program.
Many companies have a matching gift program; you give an amount, they donate the same. Some companies will even triple your donation!
So, go make a donation today to NCMEC and then find out if your company will match your support to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of abduction and sexual exploitation.
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