Senate Says June National Internet Safety Month

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With social networking sites such as MySpace and LiveJournal coming under criticism for not doing enough to protect children online, the United States Senate has passed a resolution making June "National Internet Safety Month."

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said, "Cyber criminal behavior has taken many forms, including sexual predation, intellectual property theft, cyber terrorism, plagiary, viruses and cyber-bullying. As the Internet continues to expand and reach more people, especially youth and the elderly, awareness and prevention of these crimes is paramount."

"National statistics show that 35 million children from kindergarten to grade 12 have Internet access. One in seven youth ages 10 to 17 received a sexual solicitation or approach over the Internet."

National statistics reveal that 61 percent of students admit to using the Internet in an unsafe manner. Thirty-four percent of kids ages 10-17 had unwanted exposure to sexual material, while only 27 percent ever told a parent or guardian.

Senator Crapo added, "While the Internet is becoming almost invaluable for many communication, business and research functions, it’s imperative that children, teens and parents realize and prepare for the dangers that exist online."

Senate Says June National Internet Safety Month
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  • DCGolfer

    I think its a great idea to have a national internet safety month to help promote internet safety and ways to keep our kids safer online. It’s scary how dangerous it can be for young children on the ‘net these days. Hopefully raising awareness about online dangers will help the internet be a safer place for our kids in the future. I know there are sites out there already that try and promote safey online. MySpace has a safety site of their own. There is also NetSmartz411.org which is a site that provides parents with tips to monitor their kids online. Hopefully with all the press, steps will be made to make the millions of kids on the web these days a little safer.

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