Illinois ranks #16 safest state in U.S. for kids online

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PEORIA, Ill. — A new report shows that Illinois is the sixteenth safest state in the U.S. for kids when it comes to using internet and social media.

The report, by CenturyLinkQuote, looked at internet crime rates, cyberbullying and sexting laws, and malware infection rates to determine each state’s rankings.

Louisiana was ranked the safest, best state for kids to be online. It was in the top five for fewest internet crime victims per 100,000 kids and for the number of cyberbullying/sexting laws; it was also in the top 10 states for lowest malware infection rate.

On the contrary, Alaska was ranked the most dangerous state for kids. This is due to the state only having five cyberbullying laws, and that there are no requirements for schools to implement cyberbullying policies. Additionally, the report notes there is “nothing to protect children from sexting.”

The safest state in the Midwest is Kansas, coming in at #6.

Collectively across all state reports, there were a reported 7,893 victims of internet crime under the age of 20.

To read the full report, click here.

For more information on Illinois’ laws regarding cyberbullying, click here.

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