Kamala Harris, San Francisco’s district attorney and a candidate for state attorney general spoke with genConnect at the Aspen Ideas Festival about the importance of protecting children from online predators.
“Issues that impact children have been marginalized far too long,” said Harris, who specialized in child sexual assault cases and has created a child assault unit in her office. The stereotype has been that “you care about children’s issues if you’re a woman, parent or care about cute, cuddly things.” Watch:open source video, online video platform, video streaming, video solutions
Harris firmly believes that by keeping our children safe, we are paving the way to brighter futures for them, and hence, society at large. She’s focusing on safeguarding children who are growing up in a home with domestic violence, who live in neighborhoods where gunshots are fired every night, and also dealing with cyber crimes. Harris encourages all parents to be educated on the Internet and the use of social networks (where sexual offenders try to “friend” children online) and to also, just as parents teach their children to be safe crossing the street …they should teach children to be “safe crossing the cyber street.”
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