Project Safe Childhood is a Department of Justice initiative—launched in 2006—that creates a clearinghouse and online community for those working to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.
The threat of sexual predators soliciting children for sex is well known, and the danger of perpetrators who produce, distribute and possess child pornography is equally, if not more, dramatic and disturbing. There is often an international dimension to these crimes such as when offenders travel to victimize children outside of the United States or view live video streams (in addition to recorded still and video images) of children being abused in foreign countries.
The website is direct in its approach and features videos both as warning and educator. The video “Exploiting a Minor is a Major Offense” tells potential offenders they will be caught and sent to prison, while the video “Know Where They Go” seeks to direct parents to be vigilant about the websites their children visit.
Project Safe Childhood also lists resources and contacts to organizations that supply information and training to combat offenses involving children. Those contacts include the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Internet Crimes Against Children Training & Technical Assistance Program.
For using its website to create a clearing house and online community for those working to keep children safe, the DoJ’s Project Safe Childhood is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
Click here to access the website.