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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, 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). However, being prepared, responding quickly, and managing a cyber incident effectively can both minimize damage and expedite your return to normalcy (Best Practices for Victim Response and Reporting of Cyber Incidents, U.S. Department of Justice, April 2015).

Communicating online has become a way of life for many kids, but it comes with risks associated with inappropriate conduct, contacts, and content (Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, Federal Trade Commission, 2014). Sex offenders could be evaluating children they come in contact with online for future face-to-face contact and victimization (A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety, Federal Bureau of Investigation). And teens could also face Internet threats from their peers. A National Institute of Justice-funded survey of teens found that 26% of youth in a relationship said they experienced some form of cyber dating abuse victimization in the prior year, and 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), and June is widely observed as Internet Safety Month. 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: