What to do if your child sees child pornography

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Child pornography is an issue that had almost been eradicated prior to the advent of the internet. Now because of the anonymity of the internet, there are huge amounts of file sharing, so there are huge amounts of child pornography being shot from location to location. The first thing we have to understand is that by any definition, child pornography is a crime. If a child comes across pornography; number one, they are going to be traumatized, number two, it will involve them in a criminal activity. What they need to do is immediately contact their parents. It is then up to the parents to do certain things. Number one, they have to capture whatever URL that the child pornography was found on and they need to find the link from where the child was to how the child got there. Report that information immediately to law enforcement so they can act. Then they need to have a dialog with their child about what it is they just saw and the implications of that action. In certain cases, it might be beneficial to seek out counseling for the child so the child can deal with the extreme trauma that the child has just gone through.

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Marc Klaas

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In the aftermath of the Oct 1, 1993 kidnapping and murder of his 12-year-old daughter Polly, Marc Klaas gave up his lucrative rental car franchise to pursue an aggressive child safety agenda. In announcing the formation of the non-profit KlaasKids Foundation in September, 1994 Mr. Klaas said, “we can give meaning to Polly’s death and create a legacy in her name that will be protective of children for generations to come by pursuing the singular mission of stopping crimes against children.” Through federal and state legislative efforts Mr. Klaas promotes prevention programs for at-risk youth, stronger sentencing for violent criminals and governmental accountability and responsibility. Mr. Klaas travels extensively through the United States facilitating child safety events, encouraging innovative solutions and proven programs that positively impact crime, abuse and neglect that plague children in so many of our communities. He also counsels and advises numerous victim families and families of kidnapped children.

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