April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, if you weren't aware, and a recently announced course and opportunity in Nampa is a timely benefit to any parent or person who deals with kids!

It's easy for adult to chalk up a "kids these days" statement--when referring to how childhood is so different from year ago. With advancements in technology, these statements could be no further from a lie--it's reality. Instead of wishing that kids would go outside and play more and "put the phone down" or "stay off of the computer", a more mature approach would be to help kids navigate what it is they have access to.

In a world where the internet is a need and not just a luxury or a new-found technology, kids are going to be online. But what are the risks?

Everything from safety from sex crimes to protection of personal data are important for any minor using the internet and that is why the City of Nampa, the Nampa Police Department, the Nampa Family Justice Center, and the Network of Children's Advocacy Centers are teaming up to provide a massive resource.

A one day training is going to be offered, for free, to any parent, educator, or person wanting to learn more about internet safety for children. It will be held in-person at the Nampa Police Department and online via Zoom.

The groups write:

This presentation will assist in understanding what Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) and the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children (NCMEC) are and how they can help. We will identify the different types of ICAC cases, including Cyberbullying, and discuss some current trends in these cases. Lastly, we will discuss options that community members and parents can do to help prevent or minimize these cases.


If you're interested in signing up for the course--seats are limited for in-person and unlimited for Zoom. You can sign up for both in the same place, HERE.

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