They are troubling statistics. The Attorney General's office says nationally one of every seven youths between 10 and 17 years old report receiving unwanted sexual solicitations online. Only 25-percent are reported to adults or law enforcement.
In our THV Working for You segment, Carol Robinson with the Attorney General's office sits down with THV's Liz Massey to talk about Cyber Safety.
CYBER SAFETY A FOCUS FOR AG'S OFFICE
The Arkansas Attorney General's office is committed to keeping children safe and, with June being Internet Safety Month, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants to remind Arkansans of the tools provided by his office to help citizens stay safe while online.
"We want to make sure that children know to be careful while they are on the Internet and that their parents and teachers have to tools to help them be safe," McDaniel said. "This has been a focus of our office for many years."
Therefore, McDaniel issued today's consumer alert to ensure that the public is aware of the Office of the Attorney General's Keys to Safety Program and the Cyber Safety section on its website, which can be found at www.ArkansasAG.gov/CyberSafety
Some troubling national statistics illustrate the need for children and teens to learn basic precautions regarding online activity:
One of every seven youths between the ages of ten and 17 years old report receiving unwanted sexual solicitations online, and only 25 percent of those solicitations are reported to adults or to law enforcement.
Fourteen percent of tenth graders say they have agreed to meet an online stranger in person.
Eleven percent of second- and third-grade students reported that they have been asked to describe private things about their body to someone online.
Clearly, education is needed. The Attorney General's Office has an active Community Relations Division that teaches Keys to Safety, a program that focuses on Internet safety. The curriculum also touches on the related issues of run-away and abducted children and has separate modules geared to children, teens, parents and educators.
During the 2010-2011 school year, the Community Relations Division made 468 Keys to Safety presentations in 69 counties and hopes to make many more next year. If you would like to have one of these educational programs at your school or office, please contact the Community Relations Division to come to your school or organization with this valuable program via www.ArkansasAG.gov or by calling (501) 682-1020.
To provide further access to information, the Attorney General's Office also created the Cyber Safety section on the office's website.
On the site you will find safety tips targeted to different age groups, information about Keys to Safety outreach educational program and PDFs of many of the handouts they use.
Also posted on the site is the toll-free phone number for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Cyber Tipline - (800) 843-5678. The Cyber Tipline is the phone number that should be called to report online predators or suspicious activity. This national clearinghouse works closely with the Arkansas Attorney General's office and other state and local law enforcement to ensure these tips are pursued immediately and efficiently.