Keeping Kids Safe Symposium (AM session)

March 20, 2018

The Conference and Training Center at IU13

  • There will be two identical sessions: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Times have changed. Technology has become a monster that many parents and educators are struggling to keep up with. Kids (and adults) of all ages are glued to their mobile devices. Most communication has become digital. So how do we actually know who our kids are interacting with? Are they giving out too much information such as their names, schools, friends, and, more importantly, their location? Predators are lurking around every corner and have become very skilled in the use of social media and mobile applications, such as Snapchat, to reach out and communicate with kids.


Join us on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, for the 2018 Keeping Kids Safe Symposium. This is a Free Cyber Security Forum on Social Media & the Internet, which will be held at the The Conference and Training Center at IU13 (1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601).  

Everyone is welcome to attend this event, specifically parents, educators, and community members.


Michele Stuart

Featured speaker Michele Stuart, from JAG Investigations, Inc., will be addressing five areas of concern:

  • Child victims/human trafficking
  • Cell phones/app security issues
  • Cyberbullying
  • Acronyms/The Children’s Internet Language
  • Basic internet safety

She is a licensed private investigator with 20 years of experience. She is an adjunct professor with the University of Virginia and an instructor at Quantico for multi-country training programs. She provides seminars and private training on her specialized investigative techniques for both federal and state levels of law enforcement agencies and military intelligence throughout the U.S. including attendees of Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals, FBI, DOJ, Border Patrol, Indian Tribal Nations, and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country.

Workshop Topics

This class will cover numerous applications and social media platforms commonly used by kids. It is important to know that apps come and go almost daily. Parents need to stay proactive in trying to keep educated on new apps coming out.

Objectives: Discuss bullying, sexual harassment, predatory behavior, pornography exposure

  • Learn how to set mobile privacy settings
  • Discover the most current apps being used for social media
  • Find out what current apps being used for "secret" communications/sexting
  • Hear how bullying happens and can ruin lives

Potential Risk of Online Predators

  • 71% of teens have online profiles (including Facebook, Friendster, and Xanga), up from 61% from the previous year.
  • 69% of teens regularly receive personal messages online from people they do not know and most of them do not tell a trusted adult about it.
  • Teens readily post personal info online. 64% post photos or videos of themselves, while 58% post info about where they live. Females are far more likely than male teens to post personal photos or videos of themselves (70% vs. 58%).
  • One in 10 teens has posted their cell phone number online.
  • Overall, 19% of teens report they have been harassed or bullied online, and the incidence of online harassment is higher (23%) among 16- and 17-year-olds. Girls are more likely to be harassed or bullied than boys (21% vs. 17%).

To Register

Register online below. Please note that there will be two identical sessions on Tuesday 3/20/18: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

For more information about the program, please contact Kristin Daniels, Outreach Coordinator & CIP Specialist for the Office of Homeland Security, at 717-346-4461 or, or Shannan Guthrie, Lancaster-Lebanon IU13, at 717-606-1655 or Unfortunately, IU13 is unable to process registrations for this event; please use the event links above for online registration.


Act 48 Credits:

2.5 Act 48 Credits will be granted to educators for attending the event.  To receive the Act 48 credits, educators must:

  1. Register to attend the event (via the Department of Homeland Security’s event link).
  2. Sign the roster at the event.
  3. Attend the event.

Following the event, the Department of Homeland Security will work with the Department of Education to administer the 2.5 credits.  (IU13 and MyLearningPlan should not be used for this process.) 

Sponsored by the PA Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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