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Protect Us Kids Foundation Protect Us Kids Foundation serves to protect youth from online child s*xual exploitation. We fight t

Criminals that prey on youth from disadvantaged and rural communities online tend to operate under the radar because they employ methods that exploit cultural, behavioral and societal traits that are unique to such victims, but outside of the mainstream, and are therefore not highlighted by most cybersecurity awareness programs. In support of our mission, Protect Us Kids Foundation has the followi

Criminals that prey on youth from disadvantaged and rural communities online tend to operate under the radar because they employ methods that exploit cultural, behavioral and societal traits that are unique to such victims, but outside of the mainstream, and are therefore not highlighted by most cybersecurity awareness programs. In support of our mission, Protect Us Kids Foundation has the followi

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We Are So Thankful To Have A Community Like You!  ✨🙏✨
11/25/2022

We Are So Thankful To Have A Community Like You! ✨🙏✨

Hosted by , join PUK and .caribbean in this fun, free, informative webinar for youth in middle and high school!!Youth wi...
11/17/2022

Hosted by , join PUK and .caribbean in this fun, free, informative webinar for youth in middle and high school!!

Youth will learn about:

-Human Trafficking
-Grooming
-Online Safety

We encourage young people who want to learn more to register for this free webinar today via the following link! - https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7ZBZCY_nSmeL3YQtXGaa4A




Hosted by , join PUK and Choices Career & Education Advice in this fun, free, informative webinar for youth in middle an...
11/17/2022

Hosted by , join PUK and Choices Career & Education Advice in this fun, free, informative webinar for youth in middle and high school!! 🍎✏️

Youth will learn about:

-Human Trafficking
-Grooming
-Online Safety

We encourage young people who want to learn more to register for this free webinar today via the following link! - https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7ZBZCY_nSmeL3YQtXGaa4A




Champions for change! California’s new Age-Appropriate Design Code Act requires that the highest privacy settings be the...
09/24/2022

Champions for change! California’s new Age-Appropriate Design Code Act requires that the highest privacy settings be the default for young users, and that companies “provide an obvious signal” to let children know when their location is being tracked.

“If a conflict arises between commercial interests and the best interests of children, companies should prioritize the privacy, safety, and well-being of children over commercial interests.” Jim Steyer of Common Sense Media

Read the story

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/california-law-protect-kids-online_l_6324bec6e4b027aa40660b96/amp

It was incredible to participate at the 34th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, U.S., this week. Our f...
08/12/2022

It was incredible to participate at the 34th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, U.S., this week.

Our founder Veda Woods and global protection expert Caroline Humer joined more than 5,500 participants from 26 countries, to discuss efforts in fighting crimes against youth - connecting with leaders and advocates from law enforcement, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, therapy and medicine.

During the conference speakers shared insights on children and unexpected digital connections; internet safety trends and prevention strategies; using facial recognition, AI and open source Intelligence; TikTok and minor safety; and much more.

Every session offered insights and data - so much of which aligns with the work we are doing at PUK. Some highlights:

In the US almost 40% of missing children between 14 and 17 years old are missing due to internet activity; 15% of teens are s*xting; and 88% of self made images are reposted without permission. Everyone has the right to say No! - especially when solicited

Baroness Joanna Shields shared, “Ending online child s*xual abuse must involve preventing harm before it happens”.

Every day kids assess whether to take the risk when posting content online, basing this decision on if they get affirmation of the post 👍, or not 👎

Use safety as a means to empower and protect children, instead of trying to create safer situations through consequences and fear.

Thank you to the organizers of the Crimes Against Children Conference. We are inspired by the people we met and the work we all have ahead!





Today is the UN World Day Against Trafficking People. The theme is ‘The Use and Abuse of Technology’, reminding everyone...
07/30/2022

Today is the UN World Day Against Trafficking People. The theme is ‘The Use and Abuse of Technology’, reminding everyone that while technology can enable human trafficking, technology can also be a critical tool in fighting it.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced: “As part of 2023’s Summit of the Future, I have proposed a Global Digital Compact to rally the world around the need to bring good governance to the digital space,” he said, calling on the everyone to “give this issue the attention and action it deserves and work to end the scourge of human trafficking once and for all”.

In her statement, Ghada Waly, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime shared “On this World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us commit to preventing online exploitation and promoting the power of tech to better protect children, women and men, and support victims”

Read the full statement: https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/07/1123602



A new study of more than 10,000 children in the U.S., aged between 10 and 13 has identified a link between being bullied...
06/29/2022

A new study of more than 10,000 children in the U.S., aged between 10 and 13 has identified a link between being bullied online, through texts or on social media, and thoughts of su***de that go above and beyond the link between suicidal thoughts and traditional offline bullying.

The study found, of the 10,414 participants:
822 children (7.9%) responded that they had experienced suicidal thoughts or acts,
926 children (8.9%) reported being targets of cyberbullying
93 children (0.9%) reported cyberbullying others

While being a target of cyberbullying was associated with suicidal thoughts, being a perpetrator of cyberbullying did not appear to be. That was different, the authors said, from with traditional bullying, where being a perpetrator is also linked with suicidal thinking

"At a time when young adolescents are spending more time online than ever before, this study underscores the negative impact that bullying in the virtual space can have on its targets” said senior author Ran Barzilay, MD PhD, an assistant professor at Lifespan Brain Institute.

“Given these results, it may be prudent for primary care providers to screen for cyberbullying routinely in the same way that they might screen for other su***de risk factors like depression. Educators and parents should also be aware of the substantial stress bullying in the cyberworld places on young adolescents"

Read here https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2022-06-28/more-cyberbullying-more-suicidal-thoughts-among-teens-study

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- University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

57% of U.S. human trafficking victims were minors in 2021.This is one of the key findings from a new assessment by the H...
06/20/2022

57% of U.S. human trafficking victims were minors in 2021.

This is one of the key findings from a new assessment by the Human Trafficking Institute that investigates how the U.S. federal system holds traffickers accountable for their exploitative conduct. The research also found:

Since 2000, 55% of s*x trafficking victims have been recruited online, typically through social media platforms, online chat rooms, messaging apps, dating apps or advertisements

85% of new trafficking cases found defendents used the internet as a primary m**hod of soliciting

The Districts that were charged the most defendants accused of trafficking minors for s*x in 2021 were, in order: southern Texas, South Carolina, southern Florida, eastern New York, southern Illinois, middle Florida, eastern Arkansas, eastern Texas, Nebraska, eastern Michigan and northern Illinois

“Prosecution is an essential component of the U.S. anti-human trafficking response. This data makes it easy to understand trends in prosecution between 2000 and 2021, providing valuable insights we can use to ensure traffickers are brought to justice for years to come." Lindsay Lane, senior legal counsel, Human Trafficking Institute

More here: https://lnkd.in/gJDq8wEq


Join our ‘Kickoff to Summer’ as we host two online safety awareness sessions for teens and kids. We will talk about how ...
05/01/2022

Join our ‘Kickoff to Summer’ as we host two online safety awareness sessions for teens and kids. We will talk about how to deal with s*xting, s*xtortion, and the threat of online enticement from gaming and social media.

Session 1: Saturday, May 14, 2022
12-1pm EDT, for 12-14 year olds
Topics we will cover: Online Enticement, S*xting, S*xtortion

Session 2: Sunday, May 15, 2022
12-1pm EDT, for 9-11 year olds
Topics we will cover: Gaming, Social Media, and Online Enticement

If you would like to join this conversation and learn more about how to stay safe online you can register for the event by emailing us at: [email protected]

03/27/2022

It may be cold but we couldn’t be happier to be at the Spring Into Health fair at National Harbor, Washington DC/MD. We are participating with many other organizations to shine a spotlight on good physical, mental and digital health.

If you are in the area - stop by and see us, along with and more.

Thank you to for organizing this event!

Make sure you have a strong password! A new study finds:🚫 An 8-character password can be cracked within 8 hours by the a...
03/22/2022

Make sure you have a strong password! A new study finds:

🚫 An 8-character password can be cracked within 8 hours by the average hacker

✅ An 18-character password could take up to 438 trillion years

While an 18-character password that includes a mix of numbers, symbols, uppercase and lowercase letters can be difficult to remember - the study also finds even an 11-character password (with the same healthy mix) could still take 34 years to hack.

Learn more about the password study via

AI-powered learning tools and approaches are often critical drivers of innovation - but we also need to prioritize child...
01/29/2022

AI-powered learning tools and approaches are often critical drivers of innovation - but we also need to prioritize children's rights and well-being when designing and developing AI systems.

Children's information including sensitive and biometric data is captured and processed by intelligent devices including virtual assistants and smart toys. In the wrong hands, such data could put children's safety at risk.

It is our responsibility to ensure that this change becomes a force for good.

Full story here: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/01/artificial-intelligence-children-technology/

~ World Economic Forum

Narcotic cartel recruiters are playing Grand Theft Auto Online and using it to recruit players for real-life work.Comput...
01/24/2022
How Mexico’s Cartels Recruit Drug Mules On Grand Theft Auto Online

Narcotic cartel recruiters are playing Grand Theft Auto Online and using it to recruit players for real-life work.

Computer games have proven increasingly popular for other kinds of grooming - and with the explosion in popularity of online gaming, this has led to platforms like Minecraft, XBox Live, or games like GTA Online and Fortnite becoming spots where many children spend time with existing friends and make new ones. The anonymity of an online gaming handle has, however, attracted predators, and the U.S. Justice Department has prosecuted multiple men who tried to hide behind online personas to coerce minors.

Read the full article:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2022/01/24/mexican-cartels-recruit-drug-mules-on-grand-theft-auto-online/?sh=6ed94b0469f6

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Mexico’s drug mafias are finding m**h mules inside one of the world’s most popular games, as indicated by a previously unreported case in Arizona.

Heading into the weekend like ….Why? In the last 10 days:✅ U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Congresswoman A...
01/21/2022

Heading into the weekend like ….

Why? In the last 10 days:

✅ U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Congresswoman Ann Wagner introduced the S*x Trafficking Demand Reduction Act, that would hold accountable countries who fail to take action to reduce the demand for this criminal trade.

🔒 President Biden issued a memo that places new cybersecurity requirements for reporting and preventing security incidents involving sensitive national security systems.

⛔️ U.S. Senator James Lankford and Senator Joni Ernst introduced the ‘End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act of 2022’ in a move to prohibit the U.S. government from funding or participating in human trafficking, and help end this practice for good.

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In an move to secure national security systems, President Biden has issued a 17-page memo that places new cybersecurity ...
01/20/2022

In an move to secure national security systems, President Biden has issued a 17-page memo that places new cybersecurity requirements for reporting and preventing security incidents involving sensitive national security systems.

The memo addresses four areas:
1. Cyber hygiene and protective measures
2. Cyber incident reporting
3. Binding operational directives
4. Cross-domain solutions inventories

Read more: www-csoonline-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.csoonline.com/article/3647988/biden-memo-aims-to-bolster-cybersecurity-in-national-security-systems.amp.html

Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose powerful words taught and inspired justice, equa...
01/17/2022

Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose powerful words taught and inspired justice, equality, unity, love, courage and hope.

As he famously said “the time is always right to do what is right” and as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day we are reminded to speak up - and spark positive and important change.

Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Raise your voice and help spread a message of prevention by wearing som**hing ...
01/11/2022

Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Raise your voice and help spread a message of prevention by wearing som**hing blue and sharing this with friends, family, and colleagues on social media. Whether it is a sweater, t-shirt or a wrist band, we can shine a spotlight on this global crime.

To stay connected on news about human trafficking and all the work we are doing to protect children from the threat of online predators operating in cyber space, sign up for our newsletter: https://www.protect-us-kids.org/countries/

Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Raise your voice and help spread a message of awareness and prevention.   by w...
01/11/2022

Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Raise your voice and help spread a message of awareness and prevention. by wearing som**hing blue and sharing this with friends, family, and colleagues on social media. Whether it is a sweater, t-shirt or a wrist band, we can shine a spotlight on this global crime.

To stay connected on news about human trafficking and all the work we are doing to protect children from the threat of online predators operating in cyber space, sign up for our newsletter. Link in bio.

January is 'National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month' in the U.S. - and with an estimated 24.9 million pe...
01/04/2022

January is 'National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month' in the U.S. - and with an estimated 24.9 million people trapped in some form of human trafficking around the world, there is much work to be done!

The good news:
▶ The Biden Administration recently updated the 'National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking' to invest and “link anti-trafficking initiatives to better detect trafficking crimes that are often hidden in plain sight, bring perpetrators to justice, and improve our prevention efforts".
▶ And at PUK we are working with partners to leverage technologies to identify human trafficking m**hods, while also researching the mental and behavioral risk factors that inform a child's susceptibility to becoming a victim of online commercial s*x trafficking.

You can help too - report a tip or ask for help via:
🆘 US: Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) SMS/Text: 233733 (Text "HELP " or "INFO ")
🆘 International: Contact the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Internet Watch Foundation https://lnkd.in/e3THanrt

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