When we were young, we could go out and play for hours without a care in the world. Our parents never had to worry about where we were. I'm afraid that we can't say the same thing today.

I know when Tara takes a bike ride or goes to the playground with her friend. I make sure she has her cell phone with her and I want her to check in with me every so often. If I don't hear from her, I go looking for them.

It's a reality that we all seem to face. We don't want our children out of our sight. We've seen or heard the stories of missing children and human trafficking. We may not think that it could happen in our area but it can.

What can we do? The Southern Tier Human Trafficking Task Force and Calvary's Love Church have the answer. This Friday night, January 24th they present "It Takes a Village, Protecting our Community from Predators" event.

It''s about protecting ourselves, our children, and our community from predators. The speakers are from the FBI and The Center for Missing and Exploited Children, along with a panel discussion with the speakers.

There'll be a presentation by the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force and from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. They'll have a discussion about Pornography and Trafficking

Tools and tips to protect our youth given by law enforcement, foster care, CVAC, and more. There will be several local agencies with tables at the event too. This is recommended for audiences over 13 years of age.

Doors open at 5:30 and the program goes from 6-9 p.m. at Calvary's Love, 1315 Reynolds Road in Johnson City. The entire event is completely FREE and includes free pizza and drinks. Get all the details you'll need here.