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Help protect children from predators
There is no greater risk to a child’s safety than an online predator who wishes to meet in person. Help teach your children to identify predators’ methods for online enticement.
- Your child should NEVER meet face-to-face with anyone they first met online without your permission and/or attendance.
- Take an interest in your child’s online activities and know with whom he or she is communicating.
- Teach your child to refrain from talking about sex with anyone they meet online.
- Do not hesitate to ask questions, especially if your child is acting suspiciously.
- Teach your child not to reveal personal information.
- Approve all photos and videos before your child posts them online. Make sure they do not reveal identifying information and are not sexually provocative or inappropriate.
- Look for warning signs. If you feel your child is in danger, make a report to www.cybertipline.com and contact your local law-enforcement agency immediately
Start a discussion with your child
Use these discussion starters to get an Internet safety conversation going with your children. The more often you talk to them about online safety, the easier it will get, so don’t get discouraged if they don’t respond immediately!
- What do you know about online predators?
- Have you ever met anyone online who asked you to meet face-to-face?
- What would/did you do if someone asked to meet you in person?
- Has anyone ever tried talking to you online about inappropriate or sexual things? What did you do?
- How might someone online try to gain your trust?
- Why might someone online want to gain your trust? What are the possible risks of trusting them?
- Why is it important that you come to me if someone makes you feel uncomfortable online?
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Mission Statement for the Denver Office of Child and Youth Protection
The Archdiocese of Denver is committed to promoting a safe environment for the children and young people in our care. The primary responsibilities of the director are to ensure compliance with the American Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, to serve as the victim assistance coordinator for the archdiocese, and to act as the archbishop's liaison to the Office of Child and Youth Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
To report incidents of sexual abuse
All incidents of sexual abuse of anyone under the age of 18 years of age, should be reported immediately to the civil authorities.
Further, if you wish to report an incident of sexual abuse involving a minor to the archdiocese, please contact the Director of the Office of Child & Youth Protection at 303-715-3226.
In addition, allegations of sexual misconduct against a priest, deacon or seminarian should be directed to the Vicar for Clergy at 303-715-3197.
Allegations of sexual misconduct involving adult lay staff should be directed to the Director of Human Resources at 303-715-3193.
Allegations of sexual misconduct or harassment that involve only lay adults in a Catholic school setting should be directed to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools at 303-715-3132.
Director of the Office of Child & Youth Protection
Christopher Pond, O.C.D.S.
Safe Environment Coordinator