In order to keep our kids safe we need to understand the threats. This presentation by Detective Justin Messman from the Vancouver Sheriff’s Department was simultaneously eye-opening, sobering, and heart-breaking as we learned about how cyber-bullying, sextortion, and predators are threatening those most vulnerable.
These are some tough topics, but they’re ones that we need to hit head on with our kids and make sure they that know that they have the support they need to navigate these important issues.
Det. Messman is over Internet Crimes Against Children(ICAC). The big three threats that he deals with regularly are are child pornography, adults engaging children and talking about sex on the internet, and the sexual exploitation of a minor, or sexploitoin/sextortion. Beyond the “big three” there are a number of other threats that he goes into more detail on such as cyber-bullying, some ways that social media are used innapropriately, and other forms of abuse online.