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In Focus: Internet Safety

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Cyber-enabled attacks take an enormous toll on American businesses, government agencies, and families. Criminals have been able to exploit the popularity of social networking and online commerce to commit a variety of crimes, including internet fraud, child exploitation, identity theft, and elder financial exploitation.

In 2017, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received more than 300,000 complaints, with reported losses exceeding $1.4 billion.

While technology has greatly enhanced our ability to connect with others around the world and conduct business regardless of our location, it has also exposed us to a variety of scams. Each time we connect to the internet, we make decisions affecting our cybersecurity.

Access the Internet Safety Special Feature for topical information and resources from OJP and other federal sources.

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Publications and Resources

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program
Funded by OJJDP, the ICAC Task Force Program was created to help law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to individuals who use the internet, online communication systems, or other computer technology to sexually exploit children.

Law Enforcement Cyber Center
With support from BJA, the Law Enforcement Cyber Center serves as a central online resource to meet the specific and practical needs of law enforcement personnel working to combat cyber threats and crimes.

Using Research to Understand Cyberbullying
In this video, Dr. Megan Moreno, Center for Child Health, Behavioral and Human Development at Seattle Children's, discusses how important it is to have a common definition of cyberbullying in order to develop effective prevention and intervention programs.

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Date Created: August 17, 2020

Did You Know?

How do I report internet crime? See the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) site and the Report a Crime section of ...Read More

Where can I locate information on cyberstalking? Information on cyberstalking is available on the Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking section of ...Read More

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Cyber Threat Landscape Update
October 16, 2018 | 1 p.m. ET

2018 Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces Training Symposium
December 10–12, 2018 | Orlando, FL

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