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School Closings Due to COVID-19 Present Potential for Increased Risk of Child Exploitation

Guidance
Infectious Diseases and Public Health

Department of Justice, March 2020

Summary

Due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence and/or be in a position that puts them at an inadvertent risk. Due to this newly developing environment, the FBI is seeking to warn parents, educators, caregivers, and children about the dangers of online sexual exploitation and signs of child abuse.

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