Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, AG webinar

The “Digital Dangers: Helping Idaho Adults Protect Children Online” program will air live on the Attorney General’s Office YouTube channel at 7 p.m.

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC) are hosting a statewide seminar for parents and educators Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT to discuss digital dangers.

The virtual webinar will be streamed live on the Idaho State Attorney General’s Office Youtube channel and is expected to last until 8:15 PM MT.

In an effort to raise awareness of the risks children may face in the digitally dominated world, presenters will inform adult attendees of the risks their children may face while on the web.

The “Digital Dangers: Helping Idaho Adults Protect Children Online” program will also include a presentation on the impacts of the digital world on mental health and the impact of unhealthy digital habits on mental health.

ICAC investigators opened 815 investigations and made 53 arrests in 2021, according to a press release from the Office of the Attorney General (AG). The AG’s office said the number of cyber tips sent to the ICAC continues to increase.

Kassandra McGrady — a federal attorney who prosecutes sexual predators with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho — is one of four presenters at the event.

Other presenters for Wednesday’s webinar are Chris McCormick, Idaho ICAC Commander; Mark Dalton, ICAC Investigator; and Dr. Noreen Womack, pediatrician at St. Luke’s Clinic – Family Medicine and Pediatrics: Meridian.

“Protecting children from sexual predators is my office’s most important job,” Wasden said. “Part of the solution to this problem is to educate adults in Idaho about the dangers our children and grandchildren face. Our goal with this event is to arm parents and educators with the information they need. need to help protect children to stem the tide of these heinous crimes.”

Wednesday’s Digital Dangers Seminar will be recorded and archived to monitor those unable to attend the live event. The AG office said presenters will respond to questions emailed to [email protected] during the seminar.

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