Words by Jenny Lynn Davis | Images by Justin Hunter and Ryan McGill
In an era where technology is an integral part of our daily lives, ensuring the safety of children online has become a paramount concern. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Walker County and The Child Trafficking Solutions Project are joining forces to present a webinar titled “Protecting Children and Youth from Online Predators – What Every Parent, Grandparent, Those Working with Children/Youth Need To Know” on Tuesday, November 21, 2023.
With sessions scheduled at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., these one-hour live Zoom webinars aim to provide parents, grandparents, and those working with children and youth the essential knowledge to safeguard the well-being of the younger generation in the digital age.
“Protecting our kids online can seem overwhelming, especially with new apps, games and websites popping up daily. Law enforcement, parents and schools are seeing a huge increase in children and teens sending explicit images online, being unknowingly groomed by predators, and becoming victims of sextortion. This live webinar will equip you to better protect your child, to understand the signs of potential danger, talk with your child or teen about on-line safety, and understand what to do if you suspect something,” says Jan Bell, Executive Director of the Child Trafficking Solutions Project.
Designed to be interactive, the webinars will incorporate a question-and-answer format, allowing participants to engage directly with the presenters and gain insights tailored to their concerns. Additionally, the sessions will provide links to additional resources and materials, ensuring that attendees leave with practical information and tools to implement in their households.
“By far, one of the most common questions guardians ask us is ‘How can I keep my child (or grandchild) safe online?’ As children spend more and more time online, we have to be increasingly active in ensuring their safety in those spaces. We are excited to have this opportunity to work with subject-matter experts to provide real-world ideas that will help caregivers protect children and give clear steps to follow in the event something the child is solicited or victimized,” says Rachel Davis Karr, Community Educator at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Walker County.
To register for the noon session, visit: https://www.childrensaid.org/news_events/events/events_calendar.html/event/2023/11/21/protecting-children-and-youth-from-online-predators/457021
To register for the 6:00 session, visit: https://www.childrensaid.org/news_events/events/events_calendar.html/event/2023/11/21/internet-safety-protecting-children-and-youth-from-online-predators/459103
For any questions, please call 205-719-0471 WL