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Protect Kids Online

The Protect Kids Online (PKO) Podcast is brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. This podcast is designed for parents, grandparents, guardians, or caregivers of children. Get information about the trends and updates on the latest apps, websites, and online activity of children 17 yrs and younger. Topics include: activities of the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force; App of the Week; tips & methods for combating online child exploitation and sextortion; Internet safety laws; cyberbullying; healthy online habits; protecting your child from strangers online; safe sharing tips; and responses to listener questions! Stay informed, and keep your children safe.

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PKO 26: ICAC Investigators - What Do They Want Parents to Know?

In this episode, Carl and Dana welcome an experienced Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator from the state of Wisconsin to discuss some common questions that they receive when chatting with parents or community members about online safety. What does the Investigator think is the most important piece of safety advice for parents? What red flags do they notice that tend to indicate grooming or manipulative behaviors? Don't miss PKO 26 or the upcoming PKO 27 to get perspectives from multiple different ICAC investigators on these, and other, ICAC questions!


9 May 2017

Rank #1

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PKO 15: Your Kids Are Using YouTube….So What?

We’ve all utilized YouTube videos to help us solve a problem, right? And our kids use them for educational videos through school….so what’s the issue? Dana & Carl chat in Episode 15 about some of the things to be aware of when posting video to the internet, things to consider when your child is using (or interested in using) YouTube, and other safety considerations and suggestions surrounding posting & viewing videos online.


3 Jan 2017

Rank #2

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PKO 62: Instagram Re-Up!

With schools starting all over again, photo's will be uploading everywhere, and it's been a while since we've chatted about Instagram, as it continues to grow in popularity. Carl and Dana are joined in this episode by an avid user of Instagram to help explain some of the workings of the app to Carl, a beginner, and Dana, who is totally new to Instagram. They also talk about some of the new features and functions available through the app, including live streaming.


4 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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PKO 77: YouTube - Accounts, Channels, and Safety Information

Dana and Carl welcome their safety co-worker, Amanda, to this episode to revisit YouTube.  YouTube is such a popular resource and spare time entertainment site for kids and adults alike that we thought it was worthy of another episode!  Listen in for the new updates and additional thoughts on this very popular app and website.


2 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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PKO 64: It's Internet Safety month!

It's October, and there is more going on than Halloween! It's Internet Safety month and once again Dana checks in with Chad from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to see what exciting offerings DPI will have this year on their website! Remember Internet Safety should be observed more than just one month a year! If you have any questions or concerns let us know at protectkidsonlinewi.gov.


2 Oct 2018

Rank #5

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PKO 68: Sextortion - Yep, it's a thing.

It's been a while since we discussed sextortion on the podcast, and it's a dangerous "trend" we are seeing more of.  Listen as Carl and Dana talk about results of a survey done by Thorn, tips to remember when talking with your kids about his, and resources & information to learn more or get help.


27 Nov 2018

Rank #6

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PKO 76: Have you read it or have you Reddit?

PKO 76:  In this episode Carl and Dana dig into the information overload that is the website/app Reddit.  Whether you are looking for news, weather, chat or meme's, Reddit is your one stop shop.  However, is that all Reddit has to offer?  


19 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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PKO 70: Happy Holidays! Let's Tik Tok Around the Clock Tonight!

In this episode, Dana and Carl download Tik Tok.  Carl gets distracted by the many features and users, and shows us how easy it is for our kids to get caught up in hours of screen time on some of these apps.  This has become a very popular app - check out this episode to learn about what it is, different features that are involved, and some of the safety aspects to be aware of when talking to your children about it.


25 Dec 2018

Rank #8

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PKO 59: Great Educational Apps for Teens

Are your teens suffering from "summer brain"? in this episode, Carl and Dana chat over a few educational apps or brain game apps to help with spatial or other skills! If you have a teen that is a mind-less scroll-er, these (or apps like them) might be a few good options to consider encouraging. Listen to Carl check out a few of the brain games, while Dana shares a bit of information about each and the different types of skills these apps might help us develop.


24 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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PKO 96: Tech Time, Screen Limits, & Holiday Cookies?

It's that time of yeeeear.....when new devices and toys are common in the house!  Did your household get some new tech this holiday season?  We know it's exciting, but try to take the time to set up screen limits, privacy settings, and safety information right away.  It's best to get into good habits early!  Carl and Dana review some information about screen time, the importance of screen limits and sleep, and a possible connection to sugary drinks and caffeine!  


24 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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PKO 34: A Tale of Two Teens, Part 2!

In this episode Dana and Carl continue their conversation with two teenagers discussing peer pressure, how teens communicate, and other interesting perspectives that parents may want to know!


29 Aug 2017

Rank #11

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PKO 86: What Teens Want Parents to Know

Dana and Carl share information from a survey done of teens in a Wall Street Journal article.  Teens shared what they wish their parents knew about their tech use and things they wished their parents would do or talk about - what valuable information!  Check it out, it might guide some of those safety discussions with your teen.  


6 Aug 2019

Rank #12

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PKO 78: Online Gaming Continued – A Cashless Culture?

We flipped the part 1 and part 2 of these episodes, but it is great information either way!  Online gaming is so popular, we thought the episode deserved a Part Two. In this one, Carl, Dana, and Jeff talk about in-app and in-game purchases, and the importance of setting  approvals on gaming systems so you don’t have some unexpected charges from these popular video games.  Interested in the financial responsibility discussion? Keep an eye out for future episodes….


16 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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PKO 91: Hop in with us as we look into Rabbit!

In this episode Dana and Carl hop into the newer social networking application Rabbit.  If your teen wants to share a streaming TV show, movie or YouTube channel have then jump into Rabbit where they can watch together with their friends.  However, like always, Dana and Carl will discuss the holes that Rabbit can dig into and expose your teen to something less hoppy.  


15 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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PKO 19 - BONUS Episode! Parental Control & Monitoring Software

Could I, should I, would I, monitor my kids devices? Check out this bonus episode for Safer Internet Day on February 7, 2017! Carl & Dana share information on three parental monitoring apps discussed recently on the Today show, and discuss some pros and cons of parental monitoring. They also focus on the fact that, even if you use supplemental internet safety methods, remember to have those internet safety discussions with your kids. Happy Safer Internet Day!


7 Feb 2017

Rank #15

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PKO 90: Keeping Kids Safe Online Month! Check Out the Updated Resources

This month celebrates 3 years of online safety resource collaboration between WI Department of Justice and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction!  Check out the updated resources available, hear about future plans for additional resources, and send in your thoughts for what you'd like to learn more about!


1 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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PKO 95: Be Internet Awesome! Check out Google Safety Resources

Go along with Dana and Carl on an Internet Safety Adventure!  Hear about Google's great Be Internet Awesome program, including a quick run-through of their interactive online game, Interland!  Help your kids use tech to reinforce positive behavior, and grab some great info and resources along the way.


10 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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PKO 93: Sextortion - Hitting Close to Home

There's never a mistake too big - we can always ask for help.  Hear some of the new stats (and resources) offered to victims of sextortion from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Thorns Stopsextortion.com


12 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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PKO 88: Back to School - Tech Considerations & Tools!

It's that time of year...Carl and Dana know that tech is a very big part of our kids' lives, and that includes schoolwork and homework!  Check out a few tips and app ideas that could become great resources for them (or you) as homework questions pop up.


4 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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PKO 92: Up up and away..INTO THE CLOUD! New K-3 Safety Resources

Carl and Dana are joined by Ben, an Outreach Manager from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  Hear about NCMEC's new into the Cloud program, geared toward younger kids, with episodes, activities, and an online game!


29 Oct 2019

Rank #20