'iGuardian' program teaches web safety skills to youths

Updated: 08/28/2014 10:21 PM | Created: 08/28/2014 9:37 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- Some local law enforcement agencies and school districts in New Mexico are getting involved in the fight to end cyber bullying and internet crimes against children.

Albuquerque Public Schools has web safety courses for elementary grades. APS also has a newly updates social media policy that includes information about what students should and shouldn’t share.

This year, the Department of Homeland Security started a program called “iGuardian,” in which they teach web safety skills to groups that request it, like youth sports teams or interest groups.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is also actively combatting internet crimes against children through its GHOST unit. The unit, among other responsibilities, patrols for online safety issues and notifies parents if they think a kid may be in trouble.

Dozens of agencies are part of New Mexico’s “Internet Crimes Against Children” task force. They work together to prosecute people victimizing kids on line, but also work to show families how to prevent problems.

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