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Free cyber security workshop to be held Tuesday to help protect children against online predators

Posted at 8:13 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 09:15:50-04

BIXBY, Okla. — About 95% of teenagers, ages 13 to 17, use a smartphone or have access to one, while nine of ten of teens report going online at least multiple times a day. This is according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

With so many young adults using the Internet, cyber security experts warn about the risks this medium poses, especially with online predators.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has reviewed more than 775,000 complaints of child exploitation since 1998, which have resulted in the arrest of 83,000 individuals.

This National Cyber Security Awareness Month, some organizations and agencies are raising awareness about the online dangers and providing parents with helpful tools to keep their children safe.

The Demand Project, a local nonprofit organization that started in 2013, will be hosting a free cyber security workshop Tuesday night at Bixby Public Schools.

Jason Weis, one of the creators of the organization and former Jenks police detective, will be heading the workshop.

Parents will have access to important information about social media trends and apps and sites they should be concerned about.

The workshop will take place at 109 N. Armstrong in Bixby from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Also happening tonight, a different cyber security workshop will be held at 36 Degrees North starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for non-members.

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