Protect our children from internet stalkers

   The Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (MICACTF) will be providing community education regarding the prevention of internet crimes against children when Earl Campbell  comes to the Plevna School gymnasium Wednesday, March 2, at 6 p.m.

By Sherry Vogel

   This informational presentation is for all adults in the community who are interested in protecting our youth against pedophiles and child predators that are using the internet to stalk their victims.

   The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program is a nationwide initiative started in 1998 under the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Delinquency Prevention. By 2007, every state in the union had a funded ICAC task force program. the Montana ICAC is currently comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies who work closely with other forces established nationally and internationally to target those offenders that sexually exploit children.

  The ICAC program helps state and local law enforcement officials work together to educate the public, investigate cases and arrest those who use computers to prey upon and exploit children. ICAC also encourages law enforcement agencies to work with prosecutors on holding these criminals responsible for their actions.

   This informative presentation coming to Plevna discusses safety measures for children and parents regarding the internet, gives children and parents an idea of things they may encounter on the internet, information on how to report suspicious internet activity, and internet links for children and parents to access for further information.

   Parents are encouraged to educate themselves so they are aware of the potential dangers imposed by cyber-space predators. A Missoula police detective, Chris Shermer, has this advice, “Be diligent when your children are online.” He added, “We don’t allow our children to go run on the highway, so we should be paying just as much attention when our children are on the information superhighway.”

   This Wednesday, March 2, evening event begins with a free supper which will be served at 5 p.m. Due to the subject matter, no children will be allowed into the presentation. The Plevna School will offer free child care and supervised activities during the program.