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Project Safe Childhood

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Nearly all American children have access to the internet at home, in school, or in public libraries. Therefore, children have access to infinite amounts of valuable information and endless sources of entertainment; however, the internet also exposes children to certain dangers.

In May 2006, in response to the increased dangers associated with internet use, the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched Project Safe Childhood to combat child sexual exploitation crimes. Through Project Safe Childhood, the DOJ and U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country have partnered with federal, state and local law enforcement officials to actively investigate and prosecute individuals who exploit children.

Because children are the most vulnerable members of society, and the dangers they face, on and off the internet, are real, communicating with children about the risks they might encounter online is the most important step in keeping them safe.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to using a three-part strategy to ensure children's safety: outreach, prevention and enforcement. Members of the U.S. Attorney's Office actively participate in effective community and school awareness campaigns that focus on the topics below.   


Child predators on the internet and their typical modus operandi

Protecting personal information from being shared on the internet

Sexting – taking sexually explicit pictures of oneself and sharing them via text or on-line messaging services (SMS, WhatsApp, Gchat, Facebook Messenger, etc.)

Texting while driving

Information for parents & schools who need additional resources

Acceptable use policies for schools




Updated April 20, 2017

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