It’s a brutal time to be a kid today and as a parent you might feel powerless, overwhelmed and confused about where to begin protecting your kids.
Our POP Program has resources to help you take tangible steps to protect your children.
Awareness is key in preventing abuse. Learn the signs of abuse and how to identify potential threats your children face.
STOP THE ABUSE
Watch the Student Course with your kids. You and your child will gain techniques you can apply for safety and success, potentially saving your child from abuse.
ENGAGE YOUR COMMUNITY
POP equips you to pass along safety information to extended family, neighbors, co-workers and friends. Do your part to move against child exploitation.
Watch our Did You Know? Parent Series
Our mission is to encourage and equip you to be the most powerful voice of truth for your kids
Hey Mom, Did You Know?
Many brave middle school and high school students have shared their stories of how they were exploited by predators. By sharing their stories, they hope to spare other kids from the pain and trauma they endured.
I Need Tools
FBI App: www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/protecting-your-kids/child-id-app
The Child ID app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and other vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand if you need it. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers ON THE SPOT. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily email the information to authorities with a few clicks.
Gabb Wireless: gabbwireless.com
The mission of Gabb Wireless is to protect children, connect families and encourage life outside the screen. Gabb Wireless is not just a phone or a phone network—we are a movement to protect kids by providing age-appropriate technology solutions.
Keep Kids Safer Online – Bark’s affordable, award-winning dashboard proactively monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 24 different social networks for potential safety concerns, so busy parents can save time and gain peace of mind.
Clean Browsing: cleanbrowsing.org
Browse the web without surprises – You get to decide what type of content is allowed in your home or network via our DNS-based content filtering service. Parents can protect their kids from adult content, schools can be CIPA compliant and businesses can block malicious domains and gain visibility into their network.
Family Time app: familytime.io
Reclaim your family moments by managing content and usage across all devices. Monitor and mange kid’s cell phone activities like location, internet, phone logs, app block, geofencing & much more.
I NEED RESOURCES
Common Sense Media: commonsencemedia.org
Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.
The Mama Bear Effect: themamabeareffect.org
The Mama Bear Effect seeks to empower adults to actively protect children from sexual abuse by raising awareness, and promoting conversations and behaviors that can prevent abuse.
Protect Young Minds: protectyoungminds.org
Protect Young Minds seeks to help parents “porn-proof” their kids before they come across highly addictive and easily accessible internet pornography. Additionally, PYM offers guidance for families whose children have already been hurt by pornography.
Covenant Eyes: covenanteyes.com
Experience the #1 App for quitting porn – Covenant Eyes helps you live porn free with confidence.
Fight the New Drug: fightthenewdrug.org
A non-religious, non-legislative, nonprofit, raising awareness and educating on the harmful effects of pornography.
I NEED READING MATERIAL
American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, by Nancy Jo Sales
Award-winning Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales crisscrossed the country talking to more than two hundred girls between the ages of thirteen and nineteen about their experiences online and off. They are coming of age online in a hypersexualized culture that has normalized extreme behavior, from pornography to the casual exchange of nude photographs; a culture rife with a virulent new strain of sexism; a culture in which teenagers are spending so much time on technology and social media that they are not developing basic communication skills. A must for those wanting to understand why our children are now so vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation. (Hint: they are abusing and exploiting each other.)
The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on Our Children, by James P. Steyer
There’s a stranger in your house.
Every day your children are bombarded by images of sex, commercialism, and violence — right in your own home. Kids spend more time each week with media than they do with their parents or teachers, and they learn about the adult world — through the influence of TV, the movies, music, computer games, and the Internet — long before they’re adults.
Your Teenager Is Not Crazy: Understanding Your Teen’s Brain Can Make You a Better Parent, by Dr. Jeramy Clark & Jerusha Clark
As God allows us to understand the mystery and marvel of brain science, we have the exciting opportunity to reexamine our assumptions about children–especially teenagers. Where parents often see a sweet boy or girl who has morphed into an incomprehensible bundle of hormones and angst, what we really ought to be seeing is an amazing young adult whose brain is under heavy construction. And changing the way we see our teens will revolutionize our relationships with them.
Dr. Jeramy and Jerusha Clark show that they can be an amazing season of cultivating creativity, self-awareness, and passion for the things that really matter.
SEDUCED: THE GROOMING OF AMERICA’S TEENAGERS, by Opal Singleton
Opal Singleton is President and CEO of Million Kids and Training and Outreach Coordinator for Riverside County Anti Human Trafficking Task Force. Opal trains thousands of government agencies, school administrators, corporations, civic groups and
faith-based organizations about how to prevent human trafficking. She sits with parents of missing kids and talks with teens who are being “Sextorted” with a naked photo.
Parents give kids devices that open the door to over a million predators that can influence a child’s thinking on morality, spirituality and sexuality while they are competing for approval in a fantasy world. Apps, social media and online gaming allow ACCESS, GROOMING, RECRUITMENT AND EXPLOITATION of our young people by total strangers.
Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse, by Steven R. Tracy
This book provides a well-researched biblical and scientific overview of abuse. A broad overview, it deals with the various types of abuse, the various effects of abuse, and the means of healing.
Just as surely as abusive relationships have tremendous power to wound the soul, so healthy relationships have tremendous power to nurture and heal the soul. Questions answered in the book include: – Why would someone abuse a child? – How can parents and childrens’ workers identify abusers? – How can abuse victims heal? – What does genuine healing look like? – Is anger appropriate or hurtful for abuse victims? – Where does forgiveness fit in?
Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse: Student Edition, by Steven R. Tracy
For teenagers who have experienced any kind of abuse or abandonment, it can often feel like hope is lost and they’re doomed to stay stuck in unhealthy habits and patterns. This teenage edition of Mending the Soul was written to show teens that by following a path of restoration and allowing God’s grace to touch their heart’s deepest wounds, they will find hope and healing as they work through their pain. It will help them navigate the emotional trauma of abuse and abandonment, as well as recognize signs of unhealthy families and dating relationships. Teens will be encouraged to face their brokenness, to heal and forgive and to look toward their hope-filled future.