The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Detective Superintendent Ken Heslop May 6, 2009 My Experience Prostitution and drug investigations Organized crime projects Homicide and robbery investigations Sexual assault and child abuse cases Internet child pornography and child exploitation cases Currently in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division for the London Police Service Today’s Presentation 1. Child Pornography 2. Child Luring 3. Internet Predators 4. Social Networking Sites 5. Cyber Bullying 6. How to Keep YOU safe Child Pornography Child Pornography – any written material, visual representation, film, or video, by any means that: Shows or depicts a person who is or appears to be under the age of 18 years Engaged in explicit sexual activity or the dominant characteristic is the sexual organs or anal region of a person under 18 years Child Pornography Cases Cyber Crime Unit established on April 1, 2007 59 People Arrested 56 Search Warrants Executed 183 Child Pornography Charges 47 Child Luring Charges London Headlines Retiree's online luring nets 21 months in jail Man guilty of Internet luring Boy, girl saved in raids CHILD PORNOGRAPHY: Thirty-one people, including four Londoners, are charged in the biggest porn bust in Ontario history COURTS: Gary Collins thought he was talking to a 13-year-old girl Woman faces porn charges A 45-year-old is the first-ever London woman charged with possessing child pornography. Randall Bergeron, 58 of London, charged with Internet luring and distributing child pornography Project Salvo: Canadian police arrest more than 50 individuals for Internet- facilitated child sexual abuse London man faces child-porn charges Child porn charges a shock ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2008, the London Police Cyber Crime Unit arrested a London man after an Internet luring investigation that began last September. London Case While talking on-line John told a friend he was sexually active with his step daughters aged 17 and 18 – also chats with young boys and girls on the Internet Police investigated and John was arrested for making child pornography available Images of his step daughters when they were 12 and 14 were located Two children from London were rescued John plead guilty and is serving 7 years Luring Luring of Children on the Internet: Electronic communication with a person under the age of 18 years or someone the suspect believes is under 18 years for the purpose of facilitating the commission of sexual offences Three different age categories, under 18, under 16 and under 14 London Luring Case In London, 47 luring investigations and arrests in the last two years Some investigations are quick, this was a four month investigation Officer was posing as a 13 year old girl Gary sent adult pornographic pictures and began suggesting they meet Conversations from Gary started as suggestive and became explicit sexual conversations Gary drove from out of town to London to meet the 13 year old girl and was arrested Gary has plead guilty and will be sentenced this month London Predators Internet Predators Predators are searching the Internet for victims on: Social Networking Sites Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter Chatrooms, weblogs and Instant Messaging Internet Predators & Social Networking Sites Have you met everyone on your Friends List? Are their people on your list you don’t know? How many times have you chatted with people you didn’t know? Have you ever agreed to meet someone you have never met? You could be chatting or going to meet an Internet Predator Always think Safety First! Emily’s Story Cyber Bullying Cyber bullying is using technology to threaten, insult or harass Can quickly spread rumors, threats, hate mail, embarrassing picture through text messages, emails and instant messages Statistic – 34% of Canadian students have been bullied over the Internet Bullying is an emerging problem for students, parents and the community What Can Be Done? Threats or hate mail report to the police 90% of Internet use or abuse takes place at home – tell your parents If bullying occurs at school – tell your teachers Tell someone – no one has to endure cyber bullying If criminal the police will investigate What Can Be Done? If at school – educators will take action What if the bullying is not criminal and doesn’t happen at school? Don’t open or respond to emails from bullies Block messages from cyber bullies Save or print all bullying messages Show the messages to an adult you trust – and ask them for help What Can Be Done? Never agree to meet someone who is bullying you online Tell someone and ask for help Call Crime Stoppers Email Cybertip.ca Change the laws How to Keep YOU Safe? Don’t share your personal information – name, address, phone number, or school with anyone you meet on the Internet Don’t share your passwords with anyone Personally know everyone within your contact list on instant messaging or social networking sites Be careful about posting pictures – once posted you have lost control of its use How to Keep YOU Safe? Do not participate in unmonitored adult chat rooms Never arrange a face to face meeting with someone you met on the Internet unless your parents consent and they go with you Don’t accept any free offers of money or presents from someone on the Internet Be careful about posting comments on blogs and sites – they are forever What parents need to know! What can my child do online? How do I teach them to be critical of online information? What are the risks? How do I keep my child safe? How do I report suspicious activity? Where do I get more information? What are they doing online? Children use technology without thinking about it Exploring the Internet’s amazing possibilities Share videos and pictures Keep in touch with friends Play games Online chats, blogging, downloading music Creating personal websites How do we keep them safe? Talk to your kids Know their online friends Trust your instincts – they may be secretive Look at the computer history log and temporary files If concerned, disconnect the internet – be ready for the back lash Report offences immediately Facts about Offenders Appear friendly, intelligent and likeable Lead normal lives – have families May victimize boys or girls May make first online contact posing as a person the same age of the boy or girl The grooming process may be quick or done over time Will travel a great distance to meet their victims Possible Signs Change in behavior – lose interests Withdrawal or reluctance with regular activity Excessive use of online activities Unwilling to identify online friends Issues at school or with friends Secretive behavior – minimizes screen when you approach Suggestions for Parents Talk to your child and think about navigating the Internet together Educate yourself about the Internet Learn the Instant Messaging language – POS, PAW, F2T Supervise and monitor the use of the Internet Set time limits for use, install child-proof software and site-blockers Suggestions for Parents Talk to other parents Move the computer out of their bedroom and into a common visible area in the house Privacy versus safety – Safety ALWAYS comes first! 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