Fortunately with every passing year, more and more internet discoveries are made and developments occur. Unfortunately, there are people out there with their mind in a totally separate place than most parents want their minds to be. Thankfully for every bad action, there is a good counter action that parents can utilize preferably before their children get in over their heads.
Katie LeClerc Greer, an internet/technology safety consultant, specifically focusses on parents and children and has done so for at least the past seven years. She is aware of sites and hot applications that parents should be aware of and ban their children from using; hot tech topics like YikTak and other anonymous sites like ask.fm.
Before you go listening to someone you have never heard of or feel as if they have your best intentions in mind, you should really take a look at Greer’s background to determine if she is someone that you want to trust or not. Her bio includes:
· KL • Greer Consulting
· Massachusetts State Police
o Former Intelligence Analyst
o Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
o Outreach Coordinator
· Office of the Attorney General
o Corruption, Fraud and Computer Crime Division
o Former Internet Safety Program Coordinator
Breaking down her vast experience, let’s start from the bottom and go to the top. In February, 2005, Katie began developing her Internet safety program while working with the Office of the Attorney General for Massachusetts students to benefit from and because the Corruption, Fraud and Computer Crime Division of the Attorney General’s Office was inundated with requests for Internet safety presentations. She not only created a good program, but also has gone back and expanded upon that program as changes occur in the industry.
She moved on from that position to work for the Massachusetts State Police where she began working as a full-time Intelligence Analyst. There she was assigned to the Missing Children Clearinghouse.
At the same time, Katie continued her work on her internet safety education and technology for demands kept coming in. She built her programs into a private business, which included seven different presentations spanning grades K-12 and for college students, too. She tailored each program to accommodate the developmental and emotional differences for each age group. Additionally, Katie instructs parents, teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officials on Internet Safety and issues pertaining to technology. She travels the country speaking on issues of technology and Internet safety education, and was featured in USA Today, Vanity Fair Magazine and on CNN.
Katie has presented at hundreds of schools, organizations, and conferences (law enforcement and otherwise) in the past seven years. She is contracted with the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the United States Attorney’s Office (Burlington, Vermont) to create, deliver and manage outreach programs for the state. Katie has recently been named as an Advisory Board Member for The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), a nonprofit international alliance of policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates that creates positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.
She recently obtained her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Salem State College, graduating at the top of her class, and is currently working towards a second Master’s Degree in Digital Investigations Management. As a college student, Katie graduated as Valedictorian of Salem State College in May of 2004, with a focus on Early Childhood Education, a B.S. in Sociology, and a Minor in Psychology.
Katie LeClerc Greer is the type of individual that parents can trust. Look for more information to follow as this prevalent woman leads parents on a journey of discovery on the methods to protect their children from predators on the internet.