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Alvarez, Madigan attempt to stop Internet sex crimes against children

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Some kids spend more time on the internet then they do watching television. That's why two of Illinois' top law enforcement officers want to make sure parents know how to protect their children from online sexual predators.

Often times, parents don't know what sites their children are clicking on---and worse yet---who may be on the other end.

"We've gone just from the internet to cell phones to Instagram to all sorts of social media where contact takes place between kids and adults who are also surfing the internet looking for targets," Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy says.

McCarthy hosted a four day training session for Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and other law enforcement officers. Their mission is to identify, track, and arrest online sexual predators.

Different sites pop up daily on the internet and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez says child predators know all about them.

"Recently, investigators and prosecutors in my office have noticed a disturbing increase in sexual predators targeting children online---particularly cases where predators are using social media sites such as Facebook," Alvarez explains.

To make sure children in Cook County are safe while surfing the web, the state's attorney's office will be handing out copies of computer cop--software that can detect, manage and block people, pictures, videos and words you don't want your children using on the internet.

"The internet, the technology that has sprung up allows this to continue and therefore we have to do an enormous amount of work to educate parents, teachers and children about how to be safe on the internet," Attorney General Lisa Madigan says.

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