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Feb 28, 2022

Now more than ever we need to protect our kids as they have more exposure online than ever before. Children’s Online Safety is a priority that we are taking very seriously.  We’re living in a hyperconnected age and we’ve got the Metaverse bearing down on us, so online safety for our children needs to be the first priority. 

Today's guest is Dana Miller, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Commander, with the Wisconsin Department of Justice. She joins Joe to talk about her career, some more tips on how to interact with your kids to protect them online, and what kinds of issues policymakers should be paying attention to as the internet evolves.

Dana has worked in ICAC since 2014 and manages the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force Program, including oversight of Wisconsin CyberTips from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the ICAC Victim Services Program. Prior to joining the ICAC Task Force, Dana worked for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Criminal Justice program, teaching courses in classroom, online and hybrid formats and managing the online undergraduate Criminal Justice program. Throughout her career, Dana has provided online safety outreach through numerous media outlets, including live presentations and training, television and radio appearances, live and recorded webinars, and streamed social media appearances.

Dana is creator and co-creator of multiple safety programs for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, including their online safety interact! e-course and the Protect Kids Online (PKO) podcast.

Online Safety Day 

It’s hard to know where to focus efforts to keep your children safe online, and that’s something that Dana understands. In a post-pandemic and Metaverse world - kids will be more exposed online than ever before, so it’s important to understand both the threats and the vulnerabilities our kids face.

Recently, Dana hosted Online Safety Day to try to bring awareness to the issue.

Non-Profit and Sexual Assault Support Background

Dana started out working for a local non-profit in Wisconsin and part of her role was to work with victims of sexual assualt. Early in her career, she was doing talks about online safety, but its evolved into much more in recent years.

Even though much of the threats remain the same, what we're seeing currently is more of a focus on that recovery of a victim centered approach to things and recognizing that we have to really focus on their needs as we're responding in a law enforcement world. And so that's a really great perspective that is coming into play with our work everyday.