Feds reach out to kids over online predators

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Federal agents are reaching out to children to get them to use street smarts online in a nationwide push to prevent sexual exploitation cases.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement will send agents to school auditoriums and community centers across the country to teach teens and tweens -- and their parents -- how to be safer online and steer clear of Internet predators amid a rise in cases involving the sexual exploitation of children.

Authorities hope the effort being launched on Tuesday will educate the young, savvy Internet users and encourage them to turn to law enforcement since it only takes one child stepping forward to unravel a network of predators that could be preying on scores of victims in a so-called sextortion case.

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