The Step-By-Step Tactics Used By Criminals For Online Child Exploitation
Thirty-eight-year-old Christopher William Kuehner, of Bremerton, Washington, was convicted for engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, according to court records. Kuehner was a prominent member of a website, dedicated to, among other things, child sexual exploitation. He repeatedly persuaded and lured underaged girls to make child sexual abuse material for him and other members of the website.
Kuehner's co-conspirators, Jacob Royce Mullins, 20, of South Webster, Ohio; Kyle William Leishear, 43, of Bayonet Point, Florida; and Matthew Martin, 25, of Lancaster, Winston, pled guilty to their roles in the enterprise. Department of Justice "Four Men Convicted of Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise" https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/four-men-convicted-engaging-child-exploitation-enterprise (Jan. 25, 2023).
- Set boundaries for Internet use
- Require the child never provide personal identifiers or information of themselves, family, or friends, including name, address, email, phone, school, or employer to anyone online.
- Keep devices in public areas of the home and monitor online activity.
- Instruct what is personal information and never share it
- Require use of privacy settings on social media sites
- Encourage the child to show you inappropriate email, texts, and social media posts.
- Remind the child that anything posted on the Internet stays on the Internet forever.
- Advise a child to report online bullying, threats, or online sexual activity and never respond to it.
- Eliminate accounts and change phone numbers, if threats are made
- Instruct the child never to meet someone he or she met online unless a trusted adult is present
- Approve all images, videos, and blogs before the child posts them; and
- Look for signs and signals that something is wrong. Keep lines of communication open and encourage the child to share bad online experiences.
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