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Stateline Area Crime Stoppers sponsor day of presentations
Retired Detective Richard Wistocki will present information on protecting children from cybercrimes in February at three locations in Stephenson County. (Photo supplied)
FREEPORT - The Stateline Area Crime Stoppers will sponsor a day of presentations on the topic of protecting children from cybercrimes Feb. 13 at three locations in Stephenson County.

Presentations will be made to area students, parents and the general public.

While technology can be a great tool, without the proper precautions in place it also can be a great danger to children. We now live in a world where a few clicks could impact the rest of their lives. Support and guidance can help them make correct choices.

Detective Richard Wistocki, who recently retired from the Naperville Police Department after a career of more than 27 years, will be the featured speaker. He has spent the past 21 years in the area of internet crimes. He authored and updated the state of Illinois Sexting Statute, "SWATTING" legislation and the Sexual Exploitation of a Child law.

Wistocki also formed the Will County Illinois State Attorney's High Technology Crimes Unit that made more than 90 sexual predator arrests in its first 3.5 years. He is a regular guest on NBC and Fox News, educating the public on cybercrime, and is nationally known for his efforts in protecting children.

The presentations will begin with two morning sessions for students at Freeport High School. An afternoon session will be at Dakota High School. A presentation designed for parents will take place at 6 p.m. at Highland Community College. Student sessions will include discussions on cyber-bullying and how to report it. Dangers of posting photos on social media platforms and file sharing will be discussed, as well as cyber-stalking laws, harassment and false impersonation.

Topics of the parental class include how to protect children from cyberbullying, understanding what's on a child's phone, dangers of online gaming, sexting and sharing videos online. Parents will learn how to control and monitor what's on home computers and children's cellphones.

For more information, go to or call 815-235-8290.