ICAC TASK FORCE 2021 SAFER INTERNET DAY

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in online activities for our nation’s youth. Unfortunately, this has also led to an increase in dangerous and illegal online activity — especially sexting! The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces around the country are seeing a rise in self-generated sexually explicit material by children, from some younger than eight years old.
This year, the theme for international Safer Internet Day is sexting. Here are some essential tips parents and children need to know about the dangers of exchanging sexually explicit material:
REQUESTER OF IMAGES:
• It is NEVER okay to ask
• It applies undue pressure
• You may face disciplinary consequences, including suspension and expulsion, from school and/or school-based activities.
SENDER OF IMAGES:
• The time to decide if you’ll send a nude photo or video is long before you are asked. The decision should always be “no”
• Plan and practice your response to the requester
• Remember, once shared you can no longer control the content
• Report incident(s) to a school resource officer, local law enforcement, a counselor and social media provider/host
SHARER OF IMAGES:
• Forwarding these images can create criminal/legal issues
• It is a gross violation of trust
• It constitutes cyber abuse
• You may face disciplinary consequences, including suspension and expulsion, from school and/or school-based activities.
Together, we can work to ensure a better internet for all!  Learn what you can do https://www.icactaskforce.org/Pages/InternetSafety.aspx