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Committee on Missing and Abused Children to Hold Workshop on the Internet Safety and the Gaming Culture

A Predator’s New Hunting Ground

(West Deptford, NJ) – Gloucester County’s Committee on Missing and Abused Children will host a free workshop led by Homeland Security Investigations specialists about Gamer Culture and Online Safety on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Rowan College at Gloucester County, Fine Art Center from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Freeholder Adam J. Taliaferro said, “Predators are using gaming to lure children and we need to protect them by learning their culture and warning signs that raise red flags.  This workshop will address other adolescent online safety issues so people who are working with kids can help educate them about safety and potential risks.” 

Freeholder Barnes said, “The internet is a place where predators can easily access children and teens.  Computers, smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and anything else with internet access can pose a risk to our children and we need to become educated in order to set rules and guidelines for internet use.  Staying current with internet threats is key to protecting our children online.”

The two- part workshop is for educators, school personnel including social workers, counselors, and psychologists, and those providing services to children and their families.  CUE’s can be applied for.
Part 1: - Gamers culture - A predator’s new hunting Ground
This presentation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Lynne Wilson-Bruchet, Victim Assistance Specialist with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Newark, New Jersey field office will address predators' use of online gaming to groom and lure children into meeting for the purpose of exploitation.  It will include: online communications and social engineering; gamer culture and language; grooming in the gamer world; warning signs of grooming and intervention strategies.

Part II: - Online Safety:
This presentation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) David M. Fallon, Special Agent U.S. DHS ICE Homeland Security Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit Group will address adolescent online safety issues including: Cyberbullying; Privacy and identity protection; Safer posting, and Sexting. Included will be discussions of groups at higher risk, warning signs, intervention and reporting strategies as well as trends and lessons learned from law enforcement investigations.

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