Feds reach out to kids over online predators

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Updated: 3/25 5:38 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Federal agents are reaching out to children to get them to use street smarts online in a nationwide push to prevent sexual exploitation cases.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement will send agents to schools and community centers across the country to teach teens and tweens — and their parents — how to be safer online and steer clear of Internet predators amid a rise in cases involving the sexual exploitation of children.

Authorities hope the effort being launched Tuesday will educate young Internet users and encourage them to turn to law enforcement if they run into trouble online.

It is the agency's first concerted push to reach out to kids nationwide to promote cybersafety. The effort is a partnership between the agents and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

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