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Our History

Leanne Shirey is a sergeant with the Seattle Police Department with over 27 years of experience. She has been a member of the Northwest Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which investigates the sexual exploitation of minors via the Internet. In her work she began seeing a trend. Because of the lack of Internet safety education for adults, these children were violated. She frequently heard the phrase "if only I had known". She knew that most of these cases were preventable if better education was available.

Because of this, she began to look for information she could provide to parents in her community. She found three things available: simple brochures with 5 to 6 safety tips; directions to access web sites for further information; and one hour PTA talks. These did not provide the concrete and comprehensive information that she felt was needed. Many of the parents had limited computer skills, lack of time, or lack of access to the information. From these frustrations, The Internet and Your Child programs and organization were born.

The Internet and Your Child Organization is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Instructors are volunteer law enforcement, educators and computer specialists from the community. Our trainers undergo criminal history checks and extensive training is provided to them trainers to make sure they are the most skilled and knowledgeable instructors possible. Non-law enforcement instructors undergo annual criminal history checks.

Our goal is to provide comprehensive training to a community, as well as being a resource to assist with other technology-related issues.