- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Homeland Security Investigations is launching a new effort aimed at educating New Mexico children to avoid sexual predators online.

The agency is scheduled Tuesday to announce its Project iGuardian, a national cyber safety campaign sending agents to school and youth groups.

The campaign will use hero-style characters and trading cards to warn students about the dangers of online predators. Officials say agents will soon pass out educational materials around Albuquerque.

The campaign also will encourage parents to talk to children about child predators and how predators use the Internet to sexually exploit minors.

Kevin Abar, assistant special agent in charge in New Mexico, said iGuardian is one of many tools Homeland Security Investigations has to stop predators.

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