This is the third in a series of articles about the importance of parents being aware of what their kids see and hear on the Internet, who they may meet in chat rooms, and what information they share about themselves online. Unfortunately, everyone trying to communicate with your child is as innocent as they may first seem.
How does one report illegal activity on the Internet? That is the quandary in which many parents find themselves. Some sites you should find useful are noted below:
- http://www.ic3.gov/ - This web site, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), represents a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). IC3 provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes.
- http://www.ncis.navy.mil/info/safekids.cfm - This is an educational website for parents about child safety hosted by the United States Navy.
- http://www.missingkids.com/cybertip - This site is funded by the federal government and allows people to report all types of crimes against children.
- http://www.us-cert.gov/ - This is a Computer Emergency Readiness Team to which you can report internet incidents, illegal activities and find about the latest internet scams.
- Contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 to report all types of crimes against children.
- email@example.com – Forward unwanted or deceptive spam to the Federal Trade Commission to this site. Be sure to include the full email header. If you think you have been taken advantage of by a spam scam, file a complaint with the FTC online at www.ftc.gov.
- Use Spam Cop to help stop Spam at the source.
- And, while not illegal, but certainly irritating, stop telemarketer calls by registering your home phone number(s) on the national Do-Not-Call list by phone or by Internet at no cost. You can do this via the National Do-Not-Call website or register by phone by calling 1-888-382-1222 (voice) or 1-866-290-4236 (TTY). You must call from the phone number you wish to register.
If calls continue after your number has been on the registry for at least 31 days, and a telemarketer calls, complain to the FTC. File a complaint or call 1-888-3822 (voice) or 1-866-290-4236 (TTY).