Parents & Guardians: Traffickers will target children and youth who are disconnected, and/or feeling unloved. The primary tool for targeting children is the internet. Each week I will offer you tips to empower you with tools to prevent and/or intervene if your child is being targeted. I also provide you with the critical actions steps to take if your child does go missing.

  • Know how to do a Reverse Image Search: Traffickers commonly create fake online identities to contact and manipulate children. Part of this involves them pretending to be another teenager, or a pretty girl, high school football star, etc. The online term for this is “catfishing” The Trafficker will steal photos from the online account of a real youth or child to create their online fake identity. One way to screen for this is through Reverse Image Searches. If you search an image and two or more profiles with different names are found, then you have a catfishing situation. It is also good to do this for your child’s photos to see if their pictures are being misused by a predator.

Using your phone or tablet

  • Use the Chrome app to do a search.
  • Touch the image you want to search with to open a larger version of the image.
  • Press and hold the image. In the box that appears, touch Search Google for this image.

Using Google Image Search there are four ways to search by image.

  • Drag and drop an image from the web or your computer into the search box on images.google.com.
  • On images.google.com, click the camera icon, then select “Upload an image.”
  • Copy and paste the URL for an image.
  • Right-click an image on the web.

Using an iPad

  • Open Google Reverse Image Search for Phones and Tablets and tap ‘Select Image’.
  • Select an image from your camera roll, or from a cloud drive and tap ‘Reverse Search’.
  • A new tab will open with search results for the image you uploaded.
  • The app will work provided the image you uploaded comes from the internet.
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