Protecting Your Kids
Get advice and information to help protect your children from dangers lurking in both the online and offline worlds. Learn how to contact us and report child abductions and sexual exploitation.
The FBI has jurisdiction to immediately investigate any reported mysterious disappearance or kidnapping involving a child. Do not wait to report a missing child.
Call your local FBI field office or the closest international office. You can also contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.
To report online child sexual exploitation, use the electronic Cyber Tip Line or call 1-800-843-5678. The Cyber Tip Line is operated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in partnership with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.
If your child is being abducted internationally by a family member and is not yet abroad, contact the U.S. Department of State.
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The Child ID app allows you to store photos and vital information about your child so you can quickly share it with security or police. It also includes tips on keeping children safe and guidance on what to do in those first crucial hours after a child goes missing.
Data and photos are stored only on your mobile device. They are not shared until you choose to send the information to authorities.
You can download the app on:
The National Sex Offender website allows every citizen to search the latest information from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and numerous Indian tribes for the identity and location of known sex offenders.
Sextortion is a crime that involves adults coercing kids and teens into sending explicit images online. The FBI has several resources to help caregivers and young people better understand what sextortion is, how to protect against it, and how to talk about this growing and devastating threat.
The FBI's Safe Online Surfing (SOS) program teaches students in grades 3 to 8 how to navigate the web safely. The age-appropriate lessons and games cover topics like cyberbullying, protecting personal information, recognizing trustworthy and untrustworthy sites, and avoiding malware. The program is available in English or Spanish.
Anyone can complete the activities on the FBI SOS website. The testing and competition, however, are only open to students in grades 3-8 whose teachers have registered their public, private, or home schools through the SOS website.
Chasing the Dragon is a documentary released by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration to help young people understand the risks and dangers of opioids. Watch it with your children. Start the conversation.
If you suspect or know your child is using drugs, learn more and seek the help of professionals through the resources below.
If you believe a child is involved in a trafficking situation, submit a tip through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline or call 1-800-THE-LOST. FBI personnel assigned to NCMEC review information that is provided to the CyberTipline.
Visit the FBI’s human trafficking webpage for more information and resources.