Preventing online victimization

Former FBI Special Agent Randall Devine, shares advice for parents on how to help prevent their children from being victimized online
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Preventing online victimization

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It is important to get the expectation that you are never going to be able to prevent your child from being contacted from a potential child sex offender online. If you are asking: How do I prevent this from ever happening? You can't. It's a virtual inevitability. It is not a question of if, but rather when. If that's true, the best thing to do is to prepare them for what to do when it does happen. That is to not indulge the communication, to ignore it. Not provide any information about yourself. It's important to note that when we come across a child who has been a victim of child exploitation, in the beginning, the biggest fear is not being locked up in a basement somewhere, not being carted off to some other country and sold into slavery, their biggest fear is that they are going to lose their internet access or their cell is going to be taken away or that they will be put on restriction. They will be put on restriction and not be on the track team or go out with their friends this weekend.

Former FBI Special Agent Randall Devine, shares advice for parents on how to help prevent their children from being victimized online

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Randall Devine is a Special Agent with the FBI working in the Los Angeles area. 

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