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Do you have any recommended resources for teen Internet safety?
Our Whole Lives facilitators have mentioned the sites National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Safeteens, Connect Safely, and Get Net Wise as useful resources. Additionally, some Our Whole Lives facilitators teach teens the “Three Rs”:
- Recognize situations that place you at risk. Recognize how sexual predators operate by first establishing your trust, then gradually moving deeper and deeper into inappropriate situations. Recognize that anyone could be a molester: a relative, friend, teacher, minister, government official.
- Resist unwanted and inappropriate attention. Resistance will often stop predators, who often target more vulnerable people.
- Report attempted or actual molestation to a parent or other trusted adult. This prevents further abuse and helps protect others. You are the victim here, and you will not be blamed for what occurred.