Please join us in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2021 on February 9, specifically focusing on making the internet safer and more positive for youth in our area.
Sexting is the ICAC Task Force program’s theme this year. There is a list of tips for parents, guardians and youth that we are forwarding. This resource can also be viewed in:
In a one-year period, between 2018 and 2019, tech companies reported more than 45 million online photos and videos of children being sexually abused were being shared online. The level and speed of growth of cyber threats to our children has been exponential since the passage of the Protect Our Children Act in October 2008. This Act, viewed by almost everyone as a “Landmark Legislation” was specifically enacted to combat online exploitation of children but has done little to slow the proliferation of these threats. On the home front, EPD has been looking into starting up an effort to investigate Internet Crimes Against Children, Luring, Online Exploitation and Human Trafficking. While this will take time and funding to put into place, EPD will share resources as they become available with the community, such as the materials from Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is recognized by more than 140 countries.
Please join us in supporting OJJDP and the ICAC Task Force Programming on February 9th to recognize Safer Internet Day in the U.S. and learn how we can all work together for a safer Internet.
More information https://www.icactaskforce.org/Pages/SIDResources.aspx
If you’d like to help spread the word about Safer Internet Day on social media, use the hashtags #SaferInternetDay/ICAC2021 #SID/ICAC2021
Also, The Child Rescue Coalition is a good reference to use when looking at, or combatting, worldwide exploitation of children. Here’s a link to their “issues” page with stats: