While exploring the Internet, children may be exposed to inappropriate material and conduct through the World Wide Web, e-mail, and chat rooms. Chat rooms pose a particularly serious threat. In chat rooms, remote users can carry on conversations anonymously, concealing their true identities. Taking advantage of this anonymity, child predators often make their first contact with victims through chat rooms and instant messages. The best defense against inappropriate material is to discuss family rules for Internet use. The following online agreement may be helpful in crafting such rules for your family:
To report online child exploitation, send an e-mail to: Illinois.firstname.lastname@example.org
To report child pornography, send an e-mail to: ReportChildPorn@ilag.gov.
To make an anonymous report click or call the CYBER TIPLINE