Sexual abuse, child sex trafficking and child pornography has increased significantly with the rise of the internet. Parents can help safeguard this risk by locating home computers in a common family room not in a child’s bedroom. The computer should be equipped with parental controls, Internet filtering and monitoring software to reduce exposure. Some current software vendors offer filtering and monitoring of smart phones which are now the primary technology used by adolescents to access the Internet.
Potential Signs of Sexual Abuse
- Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior
- Reports sexual abuse by a parent or another adult caregiver
- Has difficulty walking or sitting
- Suddenly refuses to change for gym or to participate in physical activities
- Reports nightmares or bedwetting
- Experiences a sudden change in appetite
- Becomes pregnant or contracts a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STI), particularly if under age 14
- Runs away
Potential signs of an Abuse Parent/Caregiver
- Is unduly protective of the child or severely limits the child's contact with other children, especially of the opposite sex
- Is secretive and isolated
- Is jealous or controlling with family members
- Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway
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