Episode 199: John Iannarelli – Keeping Teens Safe Online

Retired agent John Iannarelli served in the FBI for more than 20 years. During his Bureau career, he was the FBI’s National Spokesperson, on the FBI Cyber Division executive staff, an FBI SWAT team member, and the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Phoenix Division, where he oversaw all Criminal, Cyber, and Counter Intelligence Investigations throughout Arizona. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, John reviews safety tips on how parents can keep teens safe online and on social media. He talks about predators, scams, identity theft, cyber bullying, and sextortion.

During his FBI tenure, John was the recipient of the FBI Director’s Distinguished Service Award. John is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Computer Science in recognition of his contributions to the field of cyber investigations. He has participated in many extensive investigations, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 9/11 attack, the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and the Sony hack.

A frequent on-air law enforcement contributor for national television news programs, John Iannarelli is a highly sought-after speaker and the coauthor of WTF: Why Teens Fail and What to Fix,  a parents’ guide to protecting their children from Internet predators and other dangers. Learn more about John on his website, FBIJohn.com.

Special Agent (Retired)

John Iannarelli

April 1995—May 2015







“Inevitably, a parent will ask. ‘What about privacy issues? Don’t you trust your children?’ And the answer is, ‘Of course I don’t.’ I know what it’s like to be a kid. They’re going to stretch the boundaries every chance they get.”—John Ianarelli

The following links are for a news article and teaching guides from the FBI website regarding teen online safety methods:

FBI.Gov – September 3, 2019:  Stop Sextortion – FBI Launches Sextortion Awareness Campaign in Schools 

FBI.gov – VIDEO – Sextortion Targets Youth Online

FBI encourages safety precautions as use of mobile apps by kids, teens grows 

Cyber Safety for Young Americans – Step-by-step guide for teachers and student in 3rd to 8th grade.

The goal of the FBI Stop Sextortion campaign is to alert young people to one of the risks that they can encounter online.








John is a coauthor of WTF: Why Teens Fail and What to Fix, a parents’ guide to protecting their children from Internet predators and other dangers.















Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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