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Embrace Families’ Diversity Action Team is committed to be the change we want to see for our kids, in our community, and in the world. The bias we aim to address and change is particularly difficult as so much of it is based on unconscious beliefs, associations or attitudes. Taking time to understand how this implicit bias colors our perceptions of those around is a critical first step. This training is designed to help us understand and address implicit bias, especially in the context of how it impacts the children and families we serve.
Since the onset of the pandemic especially, social media is increasingly being exploited to contact, recruit, and sell children and youth for sex. Some traffickers use online ads to target victims, or they will send friend/follow requests to young people in their region, proceed to strike up a conversation, and develop online friendships. These conversations may start off friendly and innocent, but then the traffickers will begin to use manipulation to charm their potential victims. The online friendship quickly evolves to a romantic relationship, and this is where the sextortion techniques are used to lure their victims into human trafficking. During this session, attendees will learn to recognize signs of social media recruitment, and how traffickers lure their victims on the internet. Attendees will learn about the dangers of popular social media dating sites and apps. This session will also discuss popular emojis and their hidden meaning used to communicate sexual gesture when texting or communicating on internet sites and social media apps.