Download C.R.A.M. & ACE Internet Safety
Every day around 200,000 children go online for the first time. The online world was not designed with child safety in mind and parents are in the dark on the dangers that lurk in the digital world. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention month in April, Child Rescue Coalition, an international non-profit a nonprofit organization devoted to curbing child sexual abusive material is releasing a free E-Book, C.R.A.M.: A Parent’s Study Guide to Managing Kids & Technology in partnership with the Safe Surfin’ Foundation. The book was developed to help parents navigate the fast-changing world of social media, gaming and the Internet. Download here!
According to CRC’s founder and CEO, Carly Yoost, they wanted to help parents understand how they can keep their children safe. She says, “Predators will go wherever children are online – they may even try to pass themselves off as children. You would never let your child go to the local park to meet with a group of men who are strangers. Yet we allow these same strangers into our homes with direct access to our kids via Internet connected devices.”
C.R.A.M.: A Parent’s Study Guide to Managing Kids & Technology covers topics such as:
- How to talk to kids about online safety and predators by age group
- Five tips from a psychologist to prevent childhood sexual abuse
- The solution: C.R.A.M – 4 Practical Steps to Setting Up a Safer Way to Surf
- How To recognize signs of grooming
- Tops for Managing technology in the home
- Device safety settings
- Three steps to take when a child predator contacts your child
Why is this more important now more than ever before?
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools closed, and students were sent home with some form of an electronic device, whether it be a Chromebook or tablet, to continue to learn virtually. Parents were still required to work in the office or virtually, leaving children unattended with access to the internet. Since then, police investigators from around the country saw an increase in cybercrimes involving children. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported a 28% increase in sexual exploitation cybertip reports in 2020 alone. The number of reports involving images of child sexual abuse material increased from an average of 250,000 reports weekly prior to the pandemic, to almost one million weekly reports in July of 2020.
“At Child Rescue Coalition, every day we track predators around the world trading illegal images and videos of very young children,” said Yoost. “We are sharing this study guide because we get asked all the time by supporters how to prevent childhood sexual abuse and online predators from harming our children. The answer is by arming yourself with knowledge, it gives us all the power we need to protect our kids.”
C.R.A.M.: A Parent’s Study Guide to Managing Kids & Technology is available for free by registering here.