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The most common means by which sexual predators contact children over the Internet is through chat rooms, instant messages and email.

In fact, 89% of sexual solicitations were made in either chat rooms or instant messages and 1 in 5 youth (ages 10-17 years) has been sexually solicited online (JAMA, 2001).

Considering that 25% of kids online participate in real time chat and 13 million use instant messaging, the risks of such children, either knowingly or unknowingly, interacting with a predator is alarming. To Report Illegal Online Activity The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) provides excellent resources concerning sexual exploitation of children and related issues for the lay public, counseling community, and law enforcement agencies.

NCMEC has created an extensive web presence for its Exploited Child Unit: Customs Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, serves as the National Cyber Tipline.

These web pages provide background information on laws and legislation, tips and pointers for parents and children, and lists of preventive resources on the various aspects of child sexual exploitation.