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Even though offline sexual predators are becoming more common, 90% of them are known to the family.

Online can be a different story, however.  One in seven youngsters will receive unwanted sexual solicitations online, and one in 25 receive online sexual solicitations in which the solicitor tried to make offline contact, according to the Department of Justice.

It’s all a difficult world for parents and guardians to navigate.  The FBI has the following recommendations for keeping children safe online:

Bullet Monitor your child’s use of the Internet, including cellphone and tablet use.

Bullet Regularly check your kids’ social media profiles and talk to them about what is (and is not) okay to post.

Bullet Report inappropriate activity to law enforcement immediately.

Bullet Make sure your children understand that once a picture is posted online or texted out, they have no control over who sees it and how it’s used.

Bullet Ask your kids about people they are communicating with online, and make sure they only add people they know in real life to their contact list.

The FBI also offers an app called FBI Child ID that allows parents to electronically store their children’s pictures and vital information in case they ever go missing.  It’s available for both Apple and Android devices.

Finally, when it comes to offline issues, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on “grooming” tactics predators use to lure children and prevent them from reporting abuse.  Those techniques can be aimed at both the child and parent, and focus on gaining access, trust, and a role in the child’s life, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime.

It’s a grim subject, but we all want what’s best for our kids.

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