Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and it is impossible to completely clear your browser history. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 en Español.
Most of us use smartphones, hand-held devices and computers without thinking twice about safe internet browsing. But every online interaction leaves a trail of electronic breadcrumbs others can track.
If you feel that your partner is monitoring your online activity, you might be right. Today’s technology has allowed for new forms of domestic abuse, by increasing:
- Access to private information
- Control over online accounts
- Use of mobile devices to track a person’s whereabouts
Start practicing safe internet browsing today by following these 10 tips.
For more information regarding technology safety, you may wish to consult this compilation of tips and resources from the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Inclusion of this information does not imply endorsement of the National Network to End Domestic Violence by the Department of Defense.
For more resources and support for surviving domestic abuse, contact your local Family Advocacy Program Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate. For immediate support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.
Problematic sexual behavior in children and youth is defined as behavior initiated by children and youth under the age of 18 that involves using sexual body parts in a manner that is developmentally inappropriate or potentially harmful to the individual or individuals impacted by the behavior.
A new Department of Defense policy expands the responsibility of the Family Advocacy Program to address problematic sexual behavior in children and youth. This change in policy allows the program to support families whose children or adolescents have exhibited, or been impacted by, concerning or problematic sexual behavior. It also allows the program to convene a multidisciplinary team to manage the coordinated community response to these behaviors, and recommend a safe way forward for all involved.
For Parents – Understanding Child Sexual Development and Concerning Sexual Behaviors
Learn more about child sexual development
- What’s Normal? What’s Not? Fact Sheet
- Healthy Sexual Behaviors in Children
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Sexual Development and Behavior in Children
- Military Families Learning Network – Sexualized Behavior in Children and Youth Series
Find ways for parents and caregivers to cope and offer more support
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Understanding and Coping with Sexual Behavior Problems in Children
- National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth – A Guide for Parents/Caregivers Concerned About Children’s Sexual Behavior
- National Children’s Alliance Resources for Children’s Advocacy Centers, Partners and Caregivers
Talk with your children
Start early, and talk often with your children about healthy body boundaries to help them understand what safe and respectful interactions should look like.
Questions and Answers
Contact your Family Advocacy Program to assist your child and family with:
- Supportive counseling
- Specialized resources
FAQ and Resource Guide for Parents and Caregivers: Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth
Connect with support and resources for families impacted by problematic sexual behavior in children and youth.