Parent CONNECT Child Safety Discussion
Billy Joe watches along and comments through the discussion. This is a great place for parents to begin their understanding of gaming and live streaming and how they can start conversations with their children. If you have a kid, they’re already using social media. Get educated.
Gaming has increasingly become more interactive with in-game live chat, third party apps, and live streaming trends. Find out who is gaming, what are the risks to children and teens, safety strategies and reporting options. This session is hosted by Belinda Swan of NCMEC and she will be joined by Callahan Walsh of NCMEC and Jeff Haynes of Common Sense Media.
Belinda Swan (Moderator)
Outreach Manager, Host of Gaming and Live Streaming
Belinda serves as an Outreach Manager for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Austin, Texas office where she focuses her efforts on presenting NCMEC’s NetSmartz curriculum and implementing NCMEC’s Community Education Partner Program. She brings over 20 years of experience to NCMEC, including her work with the Texas Attorney General’s Office Law Enforcement Division and the Council on At-Risk Youth. She received a B.A. in government and Mexican-American studies as well as a certificate in project management from the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, she completed a fellowship in the Texas Governor’s Office and is currently studying toward a master’s degree in public affairs at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley. Belinda is an avid reader, and enjoys fishing and barbecuing with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
Executive Director, Florida Regional Office- Speaker for Gaming and Live Streaming
Callahan Walsh is a child advocate for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and co-host of In Pursuit with John Walsh on Investigation Discovery. At the National Center, Callahan works together with law enforcement, including USMS, to further NCMEC’s mission and to help change laws in favor of child victims. He is the son of John and Revé Walsh, who co-founded NCMEC in 1984 after the kidnapping and murder of their first son, Adam. In addition to co-hosting In Pursuit, Callahan can also regularly be seen on various media outlets such as Good Morning America, ABC, NBC, CNN, and HLN promoting NCMEC’s programs. Prior to joining the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Callahan served as the Supervising Producer for America’s Most Wanted on FOX and helped co-create The Hunt with John Walsh on CNN/HLN. Following in his parent’s footsteps, Callahan has focused his energy on fighting crime, helping find missing children, reducing child sexual exploitation and preventing child victimization.
Senior Editor, Web & Video Games- Speaker for Gaming and Live Streaming
Jeff Haynes has covered gaming and technology professionally for more than 21 years across a variety of magazines and websites. He’s spoken around the world at conferences on a number of gaming topics, and also contributed to the FTC’s Workshop on Consumer issues surrounding Loot Boxes two years ago. His thoughts and comments have also been used in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Huffington Post, and other news sources.