Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Resources & Links

The following are resources that we have found helpful. Although this is not an exhaustive list of resources, we consider these to be leaders in promoting Internet safety.

  • NetSmartz — The NetSmartz Workshop was created by the National center for Missing & Exploited Children in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and uses computer-based, interactive games and activities to teach students ages 5-17 how to be safer when using the Internet.
  • Internet Keep Safe Coalition -- Governors and and first spouses formed this coalition in partnership with crime prevention organizations, law enforcement, foundation and corporate sponsors. It teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents.
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) — The private, nonprofit National Center for Missing & Exploited Children serves as a focal point in providing assistance to parents, children, law enforcement, schools, and the community in recovering missing children and raising public awareness about ways to help prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation. Report suspected exploitation of a child or contact from an online predator to NCMEC at: or 1-800-843-5678.
  • Internet and Your Child — This program was developed by a Seattle Police Detective who saw too many avoidable cases of children being victimized on line. She believed if parents were taught some basic computer navigation and savvy, they would better understand their children’s activities on line. This free class is a seven-hour lecture and hands-on program designed to deal with all aspects of computer use, ethics and crime. Classes are led by certified volunteer law enforcement officers and computer professionals. To request an Internet and Your Child class in your community click here.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) — The FBI and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children jointly published the Parents Guide to Online Safety. The guide was prepared from actual investigations involving child victims, as well as investigations where law enforcement officers posed as children. The site features a cyber tip line.
  • Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces — These task forces were created through grants provided by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency. The grants allow state and local law enforcement agencies to enhance, develop, and coordinate improved investigation and response to Internet Crimes Against Children. The Washington state task force is one of 29 that have been developed nationwide. It is housed within the Seattle Police Department.

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