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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Teams Up with Facebook to Share Internet Safety Message for National Missing Children's Day

 

May 25 is National Missing Children’s Day

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is urging Wisconsin families to remember this Saturday, May 25, as National Missing Children's Day. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th National Missing Children's Day in 1983.

 

As part of recognizing this important day, Attorney General Van Hollen has teamed up with Facebook to educate young people about how to protect their privacy online. See the two-minute announcement – “What You Can Do to Control Your Information” – taped with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg by visiting the Wisconsin Department of Justice website, or this link: Video Message from AG Van Hollen and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg

 

“This information is as useful for parents as it is for young people,” Van Hollen said. “I encourage families to listen to the brief message, check out the privacy and safety tips, and then have an honest discussion about the value of the Internet and its networking opportunities as well as the potential dangers.”

 

The initiative with Facebook, which was formally unveiled last month at the National Association of Attorneys General’s Presidential Initiative Summit on “Privacy in the Digital Age,” provides kids and parents with tips and resources to better manage what information they share – and with whom they share it -- both on Facebook and more broadly on the Internet. The privacy tipsheet is available at the following link: Facebook Privacy Tips

 

Wisconsin’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force at the Wisconsin Department of Justice is a national leader, with nearly 200 local law enforcement agencies and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office as partners, and the task force counts more than 130 arrests last year alone. Wisconsin ICAC Task Force Commander, Special Agent in Charge Jenniffer Price says parents need to keep up with the constantly evolving social media landscape.

 

“Nowadays children are using all types of mobile devices, and downloading social networking apps on those devices that can connect them with strangers,” ICAC Commander Jenniffer Price says. “I recommend parents talk with their kids, track their child’s usage and in some cases, explore monitoring software to ensure kids aren’t connecting with potentially dangerous individuals.” Click the following link to sign up for monthly email updates with tips to keeping your kids safe online. www.netsmartz.org

 

The team effort with Facebook also includes an “Ask the Safety Team” video series in which Facebook answers consumers’ questions. It can be found at www.facebook.com/fbsafety.

 

The Department of Justice operates the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults, the state's AMBER Alert Program and the annual Missing Children’s Day poster contest for 5th graders. Since 2003, when it was established, Wisconsin's AMBER Alert program has been activated 23 times. As we approach May 25 in Wisconsin, we remember the more than 900 children reported missing from our state.

 

For an interview related to any of these topics, please contact Dana Brueck at 608-266-1221.