Help for Completing the CyberTipline Reporting Form


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Fields marked * are required for submission.

Reporting Person Help

* Approx. Date and Time of Incident: Type in the date the incident occurred. Use the drop-down to complete the appropriate time of the incident. Be sure to specify AM or PM and select a time zone. To choose one of the entries, simply click on the text. This will close the drop-down box, and you will see your selection in the field. If you do not know the approximate date and time of the incident, please leave the date set at 01/01/1900 and time set at 1:00 AM, Atlantic.

* Type of Incident: To choose one of the entries, simply click on the text. This will close the drop-down box, and you will see your selection in the field. Read the statements below for clarification on the five types of incidents you can report on the CyberTipline.

  • Possession, Manufacture, and Distribution of Child Pornography
    Child pornography has been defined under federal statute as a visual depiction of a minor (child younger than 18) engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Sexually explicit conduct includes various forms of sexual activity such as intercourse, bestiality, masturbation, sadistic or masochistic abuse, and lascivious exhibition of the genitals (18 USC 2256). It is illegal to possess, distribute, or manufacture these images.

  • Online Enticement of Children for Sexual Acts
    The growth of the Internet in recent years has created a tool for child molesters to anonymously communicate with children. Online enticement involves adults traveling to or luring youth they first met on the Internet for criminal sexual activities.

  • Child Prostitution
    Child prostitutes are victims of sexual abuse. Many of them have run away from homes where they have been sexually or physically abused, and they turn to prostitution as a way to survive or to get the things they want or need.

  • Child Sex Tourism
    Child sex tourism is defined as traveling to a foreign country with the intent to engage in any sexual activity with a child younger than the age of 18. Individuals who partake in this illegal activity are subject to prosecution in the United States even if they committed the crime on foreign soil (18 USC 2423b).

  • Child Sexual Molestation (not in the family)
    Child sexual molestation (not in the family), also known as extra-familial child sexual abuse, includes sexual exploitation of a child by someone other than a family member. These cases most frequently occur when a child is in the care of someone he or she knows and trusts such as a neighbor, care provider, or friends parent.

Location of Incident: Please type in the city and state where the incident occurred. This field does not apply to online sexual exploitation (cyberspace).

Reporting Person's First Name: Please type your first name.

Reporting Person's Last Name: Please type your last name.

Address: Type your street address here. Be sure to include an apartment number, if applicable.

City: Type the name of the city in which you live.

State *If USA: If you are a resident of the USA, use this drop-down box to choose the state in which you live. To find a state, use the scroll bar on the right of the drop-down box. To choose one of the entries, simply click on the text. This will close the drop-down box and you will see your selection in the field. If you live in a US territory or do not reside in the USA, please enter the state or province (e.g., Ontario) in the *If Not USA field.

Postal Code: Type in your zip code or postal code in the field.

Country: Choose the country in which you live by using the drop-down box. To choose the appropriate country, you can use the scroll bar on the right of the drop-down box. To choose one of the entries, simply click on the text. This will close the drop-down box, and you will see your selection in the field.

E-mail Address: Please include your complete E-mail address.

Telephone #: Type in a telephone number where you can be contacted. Include the area code; telephone number; and any extension, if applicable. If you are reporting an incident from outside the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, please include your country code.

Additional Phone #: If applicable, please provide another number where you can be reached.

Time available for callback: Please enter a time when it is possible to contact you to obtain additional information.

Relationship to child: If you personally know the child who you suspect is a victim of child sexual exploitation, type in your relationship to the child (e.g., parent, brother, friend, teacher, babysitter, neighbor).

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Internet Information Help

The fields noted below apply only to child sexual exploitation occurring via the Internet (e.g., world wide web; chat rooms and Internet Relay Chat (IRC); Electronic mail (E-mail); listserves; and newsgroups).

Date and Time Accessed: Please provide the date and time you accessed the reported area of the Internet. Type in the date the incident occurred. Use the drop-down boxes to complete the appropriate time of the incident. Be sure to specify AM or PM.

Internet Location: Select the Internet location from the drop-down box. To choose one of the entries, simply click on the text. This will close the drop-down and you will see your selection in the field. Below is a list of incident location types with a brief explanation of each.

  • Web Site/URL
    A web site is a group of web pages that collectively represent a company, organization, or individual on the WWW. A group of web pages that have been developed together to present information on (a) specific subject(s) is also a web site.

  • Newsgroup
    Newsgroups are centered around a discussion topic (e.g., rec.sport.soccer). Within these newsgroups, several discussions or threads take place on themes within the discussion topic.

  • FTP
    File Transfer Protocol (ftp) is a standard for moving files from one computer to another.

  • IM/ICQ
    Instant Messenger programs like ICQ and AIM (AOL® Instant MessengerSM) allow you to communicate in real time, chat, and send files with another user.

  • Unknown
    Please select Unknown if you do not know where the incident occurred.

  • Chatroom/IRC
    An area of the Internet where users can discuss in real time a wide array of topics.

  • E-mail
    Electronic mail is a way of sending other people messages from a personal computer. It is a widely used facility on the Internet that basically sends addressed messages over a network.

Web Site/HTTP URL: Type in the address of the web site that displayed illegal material. In most browsers (e.g., Netscape, Microsoft® Internet Explorer) the address is located near the top of the screen. The address will begin with http or possibly ftp. DO NOT include the http:// or ftp:// extension. This has already been included on the report form. The extension is defaulted to http://. This can be changed by selecting another extension (ftp:// or nttp://) from the drop-down menu. Type the part of the address beginning immediately after //: (e.g., www.missingkids.com).

Chatroom: name or location if not IRC: Type in the name of the chatroom in this field. Include the chat room provider's name (e.g., AOL, Yahoo® ) and, if applicable, include the name of the general chat area (e.g., House Party may be the name of the specific chatroom located in general chat area called Town Square which is hosted by AOL).

IRC Channel Name: Please provide the name of the channel where the alleged activity occurred. There are tens of thousands of channels in IRC, so please be specific.

IRC Server Name: Please type in the server you used to connect to IRC (e.g., DALnet: CA, ON, Toronto).

FServe Trigger: Please type the name or trigger used to access the FServe. Also please provide the channel name and server used to access the FServe.

HTTP/FTP Login: Some web sites and/or FTP sites require a login and password. Please provide this information, if applicable.

HTTP/FTP Password: Some web sites and/or FTP sites require a login and password. Please provide this information, if applicable.

E-mail/Newsgroup Header: Include the header information of the E-mail/newsgroup message of the alleged incident (e.g., usually when a message is sent to a newsgroup it contains personal and identifying information of the posting person). Include the expanded or full header.

Logs of Conversation: Check this box if you have additional logs or E-mail messages regarding the reported incident.

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Reporting Spam

If you are reporting spam, please provide the expanded header information along with the body of the email (text and lines) in the Additional Information section of the report form.

Click here for more information about spam.

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Child Victim Help

Child's First Name: Type in the first name of the child victim in the field.

Child's Last Name: Type in the last name of the child victim in the field.

Address: Type the child's street address here. Be sure to include an apartment number, if applicable.

City: Type the name of the city in which the child lives.

State *If USA: If the child is a resident of the USA, use this drop-down box to choose the state in which the child lives. To find a state, use the scroll bar on the right of the drop-down box. To choose one of the entries, simply click on the text. This will close the drop-down box, and you will see your selection in the field. If the child lives in a US territory or does not reside in the USA, please enter the state (e.g., Ontario) in the *If Not USA field.

Postal Code: Type in the child's zip code or postal code in the field.

Country: Choose the country in which the child lives by using the drop-down box. To choose the appropriate country, you can use the scroll bar on the right of the drop-down box. To choose one of the entries, simply click on the text. This will close the drop-down box, and you will see your selection in the field.

E-mail Address: Type the child's E-mail, if applicable.

Date of Birth: Provide the child's date of birth, if known. The format should read mm/dd/yyyy.

Approximate Age: If possible, enter the approximate age of the child victim. There is no need to write the numbers (e.g., sixteen) simply use the digit keys (e.g., 16).

Other Children? Click on the box to indicate that there are other children involved in the incident. Please include detailed information (e.g., name, age, address) on other children in the Additional Information field at the bottom of the report.

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Suspect Help

Suspect's First Name: Type in the first name of the suspect.

Suspect's Last Name: Type in the last name of the suspect.

Address: Type the suspect's street address here. Be sure to include an apartment number, if applicable.

City: Type the name of the city in which the suspect resides.

State *If USA: If the suspect is a resident of the USA, use this drop-down box to choose the state in which the suspect lives. To find a state, use the scroll bar on the right of the drop-down box. To choose one of the entries, simply click on the text. This will close the drop-down box, and you will see your selection in the field. If the suspect lives in a US territory or does not reside in the USA, please enter the state (e.g., Ontario) in the *If Not USA field.

Postal Code: Type in the suspect's zip code or postal code in the field.

Country: Choose the country in which the suspect lives by using the drop-down box. To choose the appropriate country, you can use the scroll bar on the right of the drop-down box. To choose one of the entries, simply click on the text. This will close the drop-down box, and you will see your selection in the field.

Approximate Age: If possible, enter the approximate age of the suspect. There is no need to write the numbers (e.g., forty) simply use the digit keys (e.g., 40).

E-mail Address:Type in the address of the person you suspect of sexually exploiting or attempting to sexually exploit children. Even if you feel the E-mail address is a fake one or is anonymous, you should include the address. An E-mail address has two parts. The first part is the person's user name (e.g., jdoe), and the second part is the domain name (e.g., @fakemail.com). Please include the entire address (e.g., jdoe@fakemail.com).

Suspect/User Name: Include the suspect's screen/user name if it differs from his/her E-mail address.

ICQ #: If you are submitting a report regarding an ICQ user, please include his or her ICQ (UIN) number.

IP Address: In some cases, you may have the IP Address for the suspect. If that information is available, please provide it here.

Other Suspects? Click on the box to indicate that there are other children involved in the incident. Please include detailed information (e.g., name, age, date of birth, address) on other suspects in the Additional Information field at the bottom of the report.

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Law Enforcement Information Help

Incident has been reported to law enforcement: Click on the box to indicate if law enforcement has been contacted. If you have contacted law enforcement, please fill out the remaining fields in this section.

Agency Name: Type in the name of the law-enforcement agency to whom you filed a police report.

Officer's First Name: Type in the first name of the law-enforcement officer who is handling your report.

Officer's Last Name: Type in the last name of the law-enforcement officer who is handling your report.

Officer Phone #: Type in the phone number for the law-enforcement officer who is handling your report.

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Additional Information Help

Additional Information:Type in information not included above, specifically descriptive information about the incident, the suspect(s) and/or child(ren). If there are other child victims or suspects, you should include information about each child or suspect here.

Report Exploitation: When you have finished the report, you may want to review it for accuracy. When you are satisfied that the report is complete, push the Submit button.

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