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Free program on cyber crimes against children set at Kaneland High School

Cyber crime expert to aid parents in monitoring devices, apps

MAPLE PARK – Democratic candidate for Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain is hosting and sponsoring a free presentation on cyber crimes against children at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Kaneland High School’s auditorium, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, Hain announced in a news release.

Retired detective and technology crime expert, Rich Wistocki, will present a program for parents on how to be aware of their children’s activity on their phones and gaming devices.

“Cyber crimes against children are one of the greatest threats to our community and we do very little to address it currently,” Hain stated in the release.

Wistocki will present proactive strategies, insight and resources designed to empower families to combat cyber-bullying and sexting – which is sending sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone, the release stated.

Topics include how to monitor a child’s devices remotely, understanding that no one is anonymous online, how to respond to cyber-bullying, sexting or sextortion – sexual exploitation using non-physical forms of coercion to extort sexual favors – and how to report criminal cyber-bullying.

Other topics include understanding apps such as Snapchat, for sharing photos, videos, and messages; Houseparty, a social networking service that enables group video chatting; Google Hangouts, which allows members to initiate and participate in text, voice or video chats, either one-on-one or in a group; Instagram, a free, online photo-sharing application and social network platform; and Musical.ly, to watch user-generated lip-sync video and create video themselves lip-syncing or dancing to music.

The presentation will also include how internet investigations are conducted with subpoenas and search warrants; understanding laws that cover social media harassment, cyber-stalking and false personation – which is the crime of falsely assuming the identity of another person to gain a benefit or to cause harm to another person.

Other topics include empowering parents to be responsible for their child’s technology and how to empower students not to be victims and to protect their digital footprint, the release stated.

Hain is running against incumbent Sheriff Donald Kramer in the Nov. 6 congressional election.

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