Internet safety for children and parents

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WBAY) – Internet Safety Month is coming to an end, but not before a major event takes place next week — a virtual event — “Protect our youth online† It will be held next Tuesday, with experts from around the world. Parents, educators and professionals in childcare are requested to participate.

They include an instructor at Fox Valley Technical College’s National Criminal Justice Center. Joe Laramie has more than 30 years of experience in child protection, investigation and law enforcement training. He spent 9 years as commander of the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Laramie explains why parents want to participate in the virtual event and what to expect. CLICK HERE for the Protect Our Youth Online website

In 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children saw the number of reports of suspected sexual exploitation of children increase by as much as 97.5%: 21.7 million reports. The following year, there were 29.3 million reports – 29.1 million of which were from electronic service providers, and more specifically, more than 22 million were reported by Facebook and more than 3.3 million by Instagram.

Laramie talks about how kids and parents can do to make using those social media platforms safer.

And he discusses the challenges of training professionals at the National Criminal Justice Training Center when technology and choice of platforms change so quickly.

Watch his full interview with Action 2 News at 4:30 p.m. anchor Chris Roth above.

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