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The nation faces an evolving array of cyber-based threats arising from a variety of sources. Intentional threats can be targeted and untargeted attacks from criminal groups, hackers, terrorists, organization insiders, and foreign nations engaged in crime, political activism, and espionage and information warfare (Cybersecurity: Threats Impacting the Nation, U.S. Government Accountability Office, 2012). The Internet can give identity thieves, hackers, and scammers online access to your computer, financial and personal information and more (Stop.Think.Click: 7 Practices for Safer Computing, OnGuard Online, 2007).

For youths, communicating online has become a way of life, but it comes with risks associated with inappropriate conduct, inappropriate contacts, and inappropriate content (Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, Federal Trade Commission, 2014). According to a National Institute of Justice-funded survey of teens, 26% of youth in a relationship said they experienced some form of cyber dating abuse victimization in the prior year. With regard to other findings on bullying experiences, the study showed that 17% reported being victims of cyber bullying (Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying, Urban Institute, July 2013).

Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCJRS presents this compilation of resources on topics associated with Internet safety. Please select a page from the listing below or from the box at the right under the "Internet Safety" heading to see more: