Missing Persons Clearinghouse
1-800-FIND-KID (1-800-346-3543)

Presentations, Videos & Case Stories

The Missing Persons Clearinghouse has created the following presentations to educate parents and children about Internet safety:

"Internet Safety for Middle and High School Students" features discussion about long-term and emerging online issues and advice about how to avoid becoming a victim. Making informed decisions, limiting risks and consequences is emphasized throughout the program. Issues discussed include: cyber bullying, "sexting," techniques used by online predators, disclosure of too much personal information and alternatives to running away. Discussion about actual cases and videos of children talking about experiences are used to compliment instruction. In addition to basic safety guidelines, information about Facebook privacy settings and use of strong passwords is also included. The program is about 40 minutes in length.

"Internet Safety – A Parent's Guide to the Internet" addresses long-term and emerging dangers that put children at risk every time they go online. These include: online enticement, access by children to pornography, child pornography, "sexting" and cyber bullying. Other issues discussed include: instant messaging, blogs and social networking sites (i.e., Facebook.com) and "Chatroulette." Safety tips and rules are offered, as well as a demonstration on setting parental controls. The presentation is about 60 minutes in length.

Questions about these presentations can be directed to the Clearinghouse: 1-800-346-3543 or missingpersons@dcjs.ny.gov.

Internet Safety - Presentations and Resources

"Internet Safety - A Parent's Guide to the Internet "

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PowerPoint Presentation - This presentation explains the potential perils of web surfing, instant messaging and other modern communications tools used by teenagers, outlines the danger signs parents should be on the alert for, and reviews the steps they can take to safeguard their children. This presentation is available below as a recorded live session, as a downloadable PowerPoint presentation, and in printable PDF format:

Internet Safety - A Parent's Guide to the Internet (PowerPoint 58 pages, 10.6MB)

Internet Safety - A Parent's Guide to the Internet (pdf 58 pages, 6.4 MB)

Note: When this presentation is given live, it includes the videos listed below (the slide number is at the left of each link). These videos are not embedded in the downloadable PowerPoint presentation, but can be viewed independently here. Captioned [captioned] versions are also available - see captioning requirements.

  1. Tracking Theresa [5:08] - [captioned]
  2. Online Sexual Predators: Adults Targeting Children (Dateline, Ann Curry) [4:08] - [captioned]
  3. Future Consequences [0:30] - [captioned]
  4. Chat Roulette [5:47] - [captioned]
  5. Dr. Sharon [1:47] - [captioned]
  6. Ryan Halligan's Story [2:05] - [captioned]
  7. Ryan Halligan's father speaks with teens [4:57] - [captioned]
  8. My BFF Jill [0:20] - Acronynms and Text Shortcuts - [captioned]

"Internet Safety - For Middle and High School"

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Internet Safety - For Middle and High School (PowerPoint 38 pgs, 10.5MB)

Internet Safety - For Middle and High School (PDF 38 pages, 3.4 MB)

Note: When this presentation is given live, it includes the videos listed below (the slide number is at the left of each link). These videos are not embedded in the downloadable PowerPoint presentation, but can be viewed independently here. Captioned [captioned] versions are also available - see captioning requirements.

  1. Tracking Theresa [5:00] - [captioned]
  2. Amy [4:00] - [captioned]
  3. Survivor Diaries [2:44] - [captioned]
  4. Future Consequences [0:30] - [captioned]
  5. Will sexting make someone like you more [0:42] - [captioned]
  6. Rachel's sext [0:31] - [captioned]
  7. Tattoo [0:36] - [captioned]
  8. Broken Friendships [1:45] - [captioned]