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New website aims at protecting children online


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- In an ongoing effort to protect children from online predators the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force unveiled a new website. The purpose of the site is to give parents, teachers, and community leaders a central resource to find information about staying safe online.

"You talk about things that happen in Texas and New York, what about Iowa? Well ladies and gentlemen I'm here to tell you that Iowa is no different then that part of the country. This problem is here and this problem is here in a big way," said criminal investigator Mike Ferjak.

Ferjak demonstrated the new website at the Cedar Rapids Police Station. The site provides internet safety tips, internet crime resources, and even ways to report an internet crime.

"Our kids don't understand the threat the way they need to understand it. Our job is to help them get to that point," said Ferjak.

This DCI task force is comprised of law enforcement, social service organizations and child protection centers across the state. Each year this task force supports communities across Iowa through educational presentations and programs, forensic examination of digital evidence, execution of search warrants, and arrests and prosecution of online predators. 

"This is very important thing that government does is protect the people in their homes and on their streets and in that area the most important thing that we do is protect our children," said Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

In 2009 the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force issued 80 search warrants and made 25 arrests.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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