What To Do If Your Kids Recieve Disturbing Emails

It's a frightening feeling knowing that there are individuals out there on the internet who are prime characters for "To Catch a Predator". It's sheer terror when one of these creeps tries to correspond with your child. The best thing to do first is first familiarize yourself with the law and take action. You could just block that particular email address, but there are no guarantees that they will not just create a new account and try again. You would also be assisting authorities keep these people from harassing other families.

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998states that a "child" is one under the age of 13 needs to have consent to give out personal information. If your child ever receives explicit emails from a anyone, or he is solicited to via e-mail, instant messaging, or some other way online, we advise you to immediately contact the law enforcement. You should save any documentation including e-mail addresses, Web site addresses, and chat logs to share with the police.

Should any of the following situations arise in your household, aside from local police, the FBI, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children should also be alerted if:

  1. Your child or anyone in the household has received child pornography;
  2. Your child has been sexually solicited by someone who knows that your child is under 18 years of age
  3. Your child has received sexually explicit images from someone that knows your child is under the age of 18

Monitor your child's access to all live electronic communications, such as chat rooms, instant messaging, and e-mail. Many predators meet their potential victims in chat rooms at first, and then continue communicating with them through e-mail or instant messaging later on.

Performing a reverse email lookup with the email address of the online predator may tell you information about the person, but that information should only ever be used to aid authorities and for awareness.