National Internet crimes against children Mission Statement

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The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program  (ICAC) helps state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to technology-facilitated child  sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education.  Read        

The PROTECT Our Children Act ​of 2008.​​             

internet crimes against children

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Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)

 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) detectives protect children from sexual predators by investigating crimes involving child exploitation on the internet, and pursue those involved with manufacturing and distributing child pornography.


The ICAC Task Force works to protect children from sexual predators.  They investigate crimes involving child exploitation on the internet.  These crimes include:


  • Online child enticement                                       
  • Child exploitation                   
  • Manufacturing and /or possession of child pornography  
  • Distribution of child pornography        
  • Travelers (adults meeting children for sex)   
  •  Sexually explicit conversations (text /application based programs / through the internet) 

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Cybertip Reporting

Cybertips are a way to report suspicious activity you may see or experience online involving children.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) helps keep children safe and assists law enforcement in catching predators and identifying victims.      



   

CLICK IMAGE ON THE RIGHT TO FILE A TIP

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Internet Safety

ICAC detectives are involved in educating children, teens, and parents of the dangers that exist online.  Please see our safety tips located near the bottom of this web page.  There are more links to resources located at the bottom of the “Parents Corner” page to help you and your family safely navigate the internet and social media.


California state icac map

Sacramento Area ICAC AREA

The dark blue area of the map represents the 30 counties listed in the Sacramento Area ICAC.  The Sacramento ICAC covers the the largest geographic area.   


These counties include:   Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra,  Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba.

 

There are a total of five different ICAC areas in California.



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Four Other CALIFORNIA ICAC Regions

San Diego ICAC

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San Jose ICAC

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Los Angeles ICAC

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Fresno ICAC

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internet safety tips

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Revealing Too Much Information:

  1. Parents / Children - remember what you post can affect jobs, scholarships, college.
  2. What is in the background in your photos? (See below link).  https://www.google.com/amp/s/wnep.com/2018/04/16/teen-girls-in-dozens-of-states-get-lewd-letters-from-pennsylvania-man/amp/ 
  3. Are you posting photos with shirts that reflect child's school, sports teams, in front of homes, in your home, and vehicles?
  4. Do not Post photos of children in diapers, swimsuits and while taking baths.


                 

Resources

  1. Educate children as young as 2nd grade.  Make education age-appropriate for the audience. 
  2. Communicate with your child and allow for a safe environment for your child to come to you. Remember, we are all learning how to handle social media and electronics.
  3.  https://www.netsmartz.org/Home 


Security Features

  1. Check all social media security settings for privacy & recheck regularly as security features change.
  2. Turn off geo location on devices and apps.
  3. Have a password for your home wifi.
  4. Do not give your home wifi password to anyone.
  5. Remember iPads, inactive phones, or anything that has wifi capabilities can be used to gain access to the internet or apps.

Gaming

  1. Are your kids chatting on gaming devices? Turn off that feature.
  2. Typically, kids meet strangers chatting on a game - then move to an app or text messages trying to establish a relationship.

What can you do?

  1. (Children) have a trusted adult to confide in if you get into a sticky situation. 
  2. (Parents) allow your child a safe place to talk.
  3. Kids often think the bad guy will go away if they do what they are asked, like sending inappropriate photos or video chatting but, the extortion will continue. Tell a trusted adult before you get in over your head.
  4. Don't talk to people you do not know face to face. People aren't always who they say they are. Adults pose as children. Also, if you video chat and think someone is real, bad guys can make it look like that.
  5. When you are feeling down and out and find someone to talk to on the internet or an app, remember they will say things to make you feel good. They will compliment you and share common interests, and try to alienate you from family/friends - which is call  is called grooming. You are not the only person they are talking to.  Additionally, they may offer to buy things for you.

Other things to Think About

  1. Creating a fake Social Media account of a real minor is a crime.  For example, if someone creates a fake Social Media account of a real child with identifying information of a real child that is a crime. 
  2. Parents can be held civilly liable if their actions result in a minor harming themselves.

Be CAreful what you share online -Video

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (Sextortiion PSA)

Child sexual EXPLOITATION Video

Check out this video on Human Trafficking produced by A21.

Julie's story

Internet Safety Video from NetSmartz/NCMEC