Biden administration launches campaign to educate children about sexual exploitation online

The Biden administration has launched a first-of-its-kind national public awareness campaign to educate children, teenagers, and parents about the proliferation of child sexual exploitation and abuse online.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced Wednesday in New York City that the department’s investigative arm, Homeland Security Investigations, was launching the Know2Protect campaign in an attempt to teach minors what kind of online behavior is unsafe and how to respond.

“The web is growing darker and darker,” Mayorkas said during the announcement in Manhattan. “The cruelty and prevalence of this horrific crime are unimaginable.”

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received 36 million reports of suspected online child sexual exploitation and abuse in 2023, a 360% increase from a decade ago.

The new initiative will bring together major technology companies, sports leagues, and youth-serving organizations to teach minors and adults
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