WASHINGTON, D.C. | October 6, 2020
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), reports of online child exploitation have increased as much as 126 percent during COVID-19.
Fox News, recently reported
that “according to a recent NGO study, more than 50 percent of domestic minor sex trafficking survivors interviewed met their traffickers via a website, app, or text.”
In response to these startling statistics, NCMEC has partnered
with the White House, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security to spearhead an effort to safeguard children from online exploitation. The campaign provides free resources that will help parents, teachers, and caregivers start a meaningful dialogue with children about online safety practices.
Representative Rick Allen (R-GA), Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, is joining this important effort by signing onto the NCMEC Safety Pledge
– a commitment to raise awareness and share useful resources about the dangers children face from online exploitation.
After signing the Safety Pledge, Rep. Allen said
“As a father, and a grandfather, I do not take issues of children’s safety lightly. This pandemic has wreaked havoc on so many lives, but our nation’s children are truly vulnerable to some of the most despicable crimes of online exploitation.
“I applaud the work this administration is doing in coordination with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to ensure that teachers and guardians are equipped with the tools they need to detect, inform, and prevent children from falling victim to these crimes.
“I’m proud to sign onto the Safety Pledge, and I will continue to advance initiatives that help protect children from online risks.”
SIGN THE PLEDGE HERE.