SHEEPSHEAD BAY - The growing number of missing children cases with Internet ties prompted officials to join forces Tuesday to help keep Brooklyn youths safe from predators.

Representatives from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the FBI and other organizations held a conference in Manhattan on the issue. Some suggestions for parents included keeping computers out of kids' rooms, monitoring Internet usage and encouraging children to play outdoors.

Experts say online child predator cases have increased more than 400 percent over the past four years.

Related Information:National Center for Missing & Exploited Children