To Catch a Predator: Protecting Children from Cybercrimes

Protecting children from cybercrimes is a major concern for the Maryland Counties.

The evolution of the internet has given criminals greater opportunities to entrap new victims, including children. New technologies make it easier for criminals to contact children in ways that were not previously possible. At this years MACo Summer Conference, you can learn strategies for protecting children from cybercrimes directly from experts in the field.

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Title: To Catch a Predator: Protecting Children from Cybercrimes

Description: Expanded internet connections and the wide-spread use of smart phones and tablets has made accessing the internet easier than ever – especially for teens. A Pew Research Report found that 92% of teens report going online daily. There are a lot of positives to youth internet access and fun to be had on social networking sites and online apps. However dangers including child pornography, online predators, sexting, the dark web, and cyberbullying lurk around the web. Through facilitated discussion, video, and practical demonstrations, participants will learn more about how officials are taking action to promote online safety and protect children from technology facilitated crimes.


  • Krista Trahan, LCSW-C, Baltimore County DSS, Program Manager of the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program & Co-Director of the Baltimore County Child Advocacy Center
  • Detective Dana KaczynskiBaltimore County PoliceInternet Crimes Against Children


  • The Honorable J.B. Jennings, Maryland Senate

Date/Time: Thursday, August 18, 2016; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The MACo summer conference will be held August 17-20, 2016 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “Cyber Solutions: Counties in the Digital Age.”

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