Join AOL Chat With Cyber-Experts

Find Out How To Protect Your Kids

Check out the special 48 Hours chat on AOL following the Thursday, March 30 program at 11 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

AOL is hosting these online chats immediately after the East and West coast broadcasts with cyberstalking experts from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Find out how to protect your children and yourself from online predators.

The chats are open to all AOL members. Log onto AOL and go to keyword "Live."


Below is more background about the two chat participants:

Ernie Allen will participate in the East Coast chat.

Ernie Allen is president and chief executive officer of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He was co-founder of the private, nonprofit center, which has helped recover 50,000 children.

Allen has brought technology and innovation to the center, including computerized age progressions of long-term missing children; an award-winning Web site that handles 3 million hits per day; a CyberTipline called the 911 for the Internet; and a new international center to expand services worldwide.

Under his leadership, the center has grown from a $3 million organization in 1989 to a $38 million organization today with offices in six states and the United Kingdom.

To publicize the cause, Allen has made numerous TV appearances.

Ruben Rodriguez, also of the National Center for Missing & Exploited, will participate in the West Coast chat.

Rodriguez has been with the center since 1990, first as the supervisor of the case analysis unit, then as director of the exploited child unit in November 1996.

Prior to this, Rodriguez served as detective with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., where he was assigned to the intelligence division. From March 1985 to June 1990, he was assigned to the FBI as an intelligence liaison officer working on organized crime.

Rodriguez has served a guest lecturer at several national and international law enforcement conferences speaking on the issues of missing and abducted children and child sexual victimization.

He is a member of the Interpol's Standing Working Group on Offenses Against Minors.

He is also currently speaking at several National Child Pornography/Child Sexual Exploitation regional symposia, hosted by the FBI thoughout the United States as well as the Department of Justices training initiatives.