Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $5,961,000)
The Internet is increasingly becoming a part of everyday life. At this time, more than half of the nation is online with 90 percent of all children between the ages of 5 and 17 using computers. It is important for parents and educators to know that the wonderful new technologies associated with the Internet can also introduce new dangers for children. The NetSmartz Workshop®, a division of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), is a resource for children of all ages, parents, educators, and law enforcement. The NetSmartz program provides Internet safety activities that teach children from ages 5 to 17 what to watch out for and do when they encounter danger online. Parents and educators learn how to teach their
children and educate themselves about the risks on the Internet. And law-enforcement entities, as they have already started to do, can easily integrate NetSmartz into their presentations to schools and community programs. The goal of the NetSmartz Workshop is to extend the safety awareness of children to prevent victimization and increase self-confidence whenever they go online.
Child Sexual Exploitation Campaign
The sexual victimization of children is a "dirty little secret" that is overwhelming in magnitude yet largely unrecognized and underreported. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness about child sexual exploitation and NCMEC's new Family Advocacy Division that works with victim families, law enforcement, and family-advocacy agencies to provide technical assistance, referrals, and crisis-intervention services by communicating the messages in this campaign to every family, law-enforcement agency, and school in the United States. NCA/NCF