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June Is Internet Safety Month

June Is Internet Safety Month
Mark Salling leaves a courtroom in Los Angeles. (AP)

By Monday, 04 July 2016 09:39 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Operation Broken Heart may have prevented quite a bit of future breakage recently. The Los Angeles Daily News reports the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 238 suspects in a sweep conducted in Southern California.

Those cuffed “included a 26-year-old Buddhist monk from Riverside and an Australian man who came to Los Angeles specifically to buy a 6-year-old boy who was being sold on the Internet.” And the really good news is this isn’t the only series of arrests in connection with these despicable crimes.

There are a total of 61 task forces throughout the nation that also conducted busts between the months of April and May. Officials report 1,368 arrests were made during the two–month period.

The received wisdom is the march of technology has only made life better, but that doesn’t apply if you’re an exploited child. As John Reynolds, special agent in charge in Los Angeles for Homeland Security Investigations, observed the one common denominator of all the California arrests is the Internet.

It provides the cloak of anonymity while vastly increasing the potential for distribution and temptation — a word you seldom hear outside of religious circles.

Internet child exploitation is so pervasive it’s difficult to spot those involved. A man running down the sidewalk wearing a mask and carrying a bag of money is likely to be a bandit of some kind. Child porn suspects, besides filling up the sidewalk if they were known, come from all walks of life.

Roberts explains, “Those figures make clear the incidents of child sexual exploitation have reached staggering proportions. What’s more, the stereotypes about the kinds of people who commit child sexual exploitation crime simply (do) not dovetail with reality. Perpetrators in these cases include entertainers, community leaders, white collar professionals, and members of the clergy.”

Case in point is Mark Salling an actor on the TV show “Glee” who pleaded not guilty to two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography.

The timing of the arrests in this sweep was important. June is Internet Safety Month, so designated because school children will be at home and often unsupervised. A computer in the child’s room can be harmful in two ways.

First, risky online behavior can leave the child open to grooming and eventual exploitation by sexual predators. And two, children can start watching pornography on their own and be one of the unfortunates that develops an addition at an early age.

LAPD Deputy Chief Matt Blake sums the summer up nicely for parents, “This is a time when we need to be ever more vigilant for our children’s safety,” and that includes when they are inside the house.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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June is Internet Safety Month, so designated because school children will be at home and often unsupervised. A computer in the child’s room can be harmful in two ways.
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