Special Agent Jonathan Hendrix of the United States Department of Homeland Security who handles cyber crimes and child exploitation spoke to the faculty of the Chester County School District at the Chester County In-Service 2019 program.
He brought awareness to the faculty about how technology of all sorts from a cell phone to gaming devices could potentially lead to child exploitation.
The internet poses a new environment in comparison to the past as we “have more technology in our pockets than when we first went to the moon.”
His key messages include: “You can’t trust people you meet online” and “Once you hit send, (send a message or post something online) you can never get it back; it’s permanent.”
He advises the faculty to teach their students and children netiquette (the appropriate and safe way of communicating and interacting on the internet.) Since reacting to child exploitation can’t take back the damage to individuals’ lives already done, he informs the faculty that they should start here in order to prevent child exploitation the best they can.