The United States Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and a coalition of law enforcement agencies and community groups will host the 8th Annual Cyber Crime Prevention Symposium tomorrow. The day-long seminar for more than 400 educators, parents, and middle and high school students is being held at the California Endowment in Los Angeles.
The Symposium will address a wide range of Internet-related security and safety issues with speakers conducting discussions on topics that include child exploitation, cyber bullying, the implications of digital communication on health, digital reputation, navigating peer pressure, social media, cyber abuse, Internet dangers and sextortion, among other topics. This year features a youth presentation on Snapchat and special celebrity guests from Disney television programs will make a special surprise appearance during the lunch break.
Student teams from each of the schools attending this year’s Symposium will also be invited to participate in the 6th Annual Cyber Safety Challenge. This contest asks attending students to develop a cyber safety program at their respective schools in order to educate the entire student body on the various risks associated with cyber crime. The contest promotes good cyber etiquette by challenging students to engage in creating the cyber safety programs. Students participating in this challenge will have their contest entries judged by a panel of experts, and the winning school will be publicized in May 2017.
Organized under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN), law enforcement agencies participating in tomorrow’s conference include the United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Los Angeles Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).The Cyber Crime Prevention Symposium is hosted this year by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the planning committee also includes participation by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, the Anti-Defamation League, Fox Entertainment Group, the Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.