The ninth annual Cyber Crime Prevention Symposium will be held Monday in downtown Los Angeles, bringing together educators, parents and students, according to the United States Attorney’s office.

The event will take place from 8:25 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities in Los Angeles, 1000 N. Alameda St., said Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney’s office. The Symposium will address a wide range of Internet-related security and safety issues, he said.

Speakers will address and lead discussions on topics that include child exploitation, cyberbullying, the implications of digital communication on teen health, digital reputation, navigating peer pressure, social media, sexting and sextortion.

And this year’s symposium will feature a youth panel presentation on social media, a SnapChat geotag and a surprise appearance during the lunch break by celebrity guests from Disney.

“The internet and social media are a core component of our everyday lives,” Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Brown said in a statement. “Because the internet is such an integral part of their relationships, young people must have tools to understand the online environment, the responsibilities they have to themselves and others, and the perils of reckless behavior.”

Hosting the event will be the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and a coalition of law enforcement and community organizations.

—City News Service

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