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Join us on Thursday, March 22, 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 Inn at Reading (1040 Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610). There will be two identical sessions: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, specifically parents, educators, and community members.

Educators can earn 2.5 ACT 48 hours for the session. To earn the 2.5 Act 48 credits, educators will need to sign the roster at the event.

Featured speaker, Michele Stuart, from JAG Investigations, Inc. will be addressing five areas of concern: basic internet safety, cell phones / app security issues, cyberbullying, child victims / human trafficking, and acronyms / The Children’s Internet Language. 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.


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%).


Berks County District Attorney’s Office
Detectives Office 610-478-7171

Berks County Intermediate Unit
610-987-BCIU (2248)

PA Governor’s Office of Homeland Security

Pennsylvania State Police


The event has past.

For more information, please contact Dan Richards, BCIU Director of Professional Development and Curriculum, at 610-987-8370 or; or Kristin Daniels, Outreach Coordinator & CIP Specialist for the Office of Homeland Security, at 717-346-4461 or

Sponsored by the PA Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, the Berks County District Attorney, the Berks County Intermediate Unit, and the Pennsylvania State Police.Keeping Kids Safe Info