BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Child Exploitation Investigations Unit at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is reminding families of its iGuardian webpage to keep children safe while using the internet.
“Currently, thousands of children around the world are experiencing a new form of education with greater internet usage, as the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted traditional classroom settings to virtual instruction,” said Matt Wright, chief of HSI’s Child Exploitation Investigations Unit in a release. “Increased presence online means children are at an even greater risk of encountering cyber predators who know how to exploit their vulnerabilities.”
Project iGuardian is focused on keeping children and teens safe from online predators through education and awareness. The project is an outreach effort to share information about the dangers of online environments, how to stay safe online, and how to report abuse and suspicious activity, according to a news release by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
DHS shares tips for parents and guardians to help educate and protect children online by doing the following: