HSI is committed to combatting the sexual exploitation of children; as such, investigations of child sexual exploitation are among HSI's primary investigative priorities. The sexual abuse of children impacts the most vulnerable segment of our society.
HSI recognizes the importance of education and community awareness regarding the dangers of online activity. Project iGuardian aims to counter a disturbing fact: many online child predators are able to find victims online because children are not aware of how dangerous online environments can be.
HSI believes that providing children, teens, parents and teachers with information regarding the dangers of online environments and how to stay safe online can help prevent many instances of this crime. That is why HSI has partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's NetSmartz and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces to develop Project iGuardian.
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There are lots of ways to enjoy the Internet and stay safe, and we have some friends over at Netsmartzkids.org that can help. Stop by and meet our friends Clickie, Webster, Nettie and the gang. They have some fun games to play online! Visit netsmartzkids.org!
Below are some great tips to keep in mind while surfing the Web:
There's a lot to deal with on the Internet – cyberbullies, privacy settings, gossip, and even creeps. These resources from Netsmartz.org can help you navigate the Internet while guarding your reputation. From watching real-life stories to hearing what other teens are saying about issues like cyberbullying and social networking, these resources can help you make the right decisions online. Check them out now.
Tips to be safe online:
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is one of the leading federal law enforcement agencies that investigates crimes involving child pornography and the sexual exploitation of minors. HSI special agents work throughout the country, along with state, local and other federal law enforcement partners, as well as with criminal investigators around the world, to conduct investigations leading to the prosecution of child predators and the rescue and identification of victims. Read about some of our most recent cases here.
The internet is a great way for people to stay in touch with friends and family, and meet new people as well. Predators know this and they actively stalk online meeting places such as chat rooms and social media sites. They are adept at targeting children and luring them into dangerous or inappropriate behavior. This process is known as "grooming."
Signs of grooming:
HSI's Child Exploitation Investigations Unit wants you to know how to prevent and report instances of child exploitation. Our partners at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have created the NetSmartz educational outreach program to do just that. Visit one of the topics below to learn more.