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In response to the recent arrest of a Los Angeles man alleged to have used social media to lure 100 children to exchange lewd photographs, one of whom was just 11 years old, the Accident Attorneys Organization has created a downloadable Family Media and Technology Safety Agreement in an effort to help parents protect their children online.
(PRWEB) February 18, 2014
The agreement, available at http://www.accidentattorneys.org, sets online expectations and responsibilities for both parents and children.
Research shows that 1 in 25 youths have received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact, said injury attorney Richard Hastings of Hartford, Connecticut, national spokesman for the Accident Attorneys Organization. In the Los Angeles case, police said their suspect admitted to arranging a meeting with one juvenile, although that meeting never took place.
In 27 percent of the incidents solicitors asked youths for sexual photographs of themselves, Hastings added, citing research by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Hastings is a partner in the law firm Hastings, Cohan & Walsh.
The AccidentAttorneys.org guide includes the following promises:
All Family Members
The complete agreement includes many other promises that parents and children can make to each other in order to stay safe. There is also a place for each family member to sign and date the agreement.
Maintaining safe Internet practices as a family can help keep children safe from predators and cyber bullies, and can also protect the entire family from identity theft and other devastating financial scams, Hastings said.
AccidentAttorneys.org is a nationwide network of highly credentialed accident and injury attorneys with three missions: Help injured people find exceptional lawyers in their area; inform the public about personal safety issues, and support worthy charities involving those who have suffered life-altering injury in the communities we serve.
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