A coalition of law enforcement agencies, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, child advocacy groups and private organizations participated in the 7th annual Cyber Crime Prevention Symposium on Oct. 29. More than 300 educators, parents and middle and high school students attended the symposium held at the California Endowment, located in downtown Los Angeles.
The symposium offered information on the importance of Internet security and safety. Speakers discussed child exploitation, cyber bullying, digital reputation, social media, Internet dangers, sextortion and other concerns. Celebrity guests from Disney also helped reinforce the symposium’s cyber safety message.
“Children who are growing up in this high-tech age are being targeted by online predators at an alarmingly high rate,” said Deanne Tilton Durfee, executive director for the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Students from the Department of Theatre at California State University, Northridge performed a “cyber skit” written by a Federal Bureau of Investigation child/adolescent forensic specialist and a special agent with the FBI’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team. The skit highlighted teen social media dilemmas, guidance and solutions, and was followed by discussions and workshops.
Students were also invited to participate in the Fifth annual Cyber Crime Challenge to develop a cyber safety program at their schools. Each school entry will be judged by a panel on its creativity, implementation and impact of its program on its school’s student body. For information, visit www.ican4kids.org.