It's amazing what the internet has become. With smartphones, it's always with you. Anything you want or need is one click away. Good or bad, for best or worse, the internet is a way of life for adults and children.

How safe is the internet for our children?  The dark web has to be one of the most scariest issues facing parents today. With online dating and social media, the web has become one of the scariest forms of technology for any child and parent.

Just how safe is the internet for today's youth in North Dakota?

Centurylink released the results of a study including data analysts from Internet Service Partners who researched youth statistics and cybercrime reports to determine which states are the safest or the most dangerous states for kids activities on line.

IPS has created a list of the ten safest—and ten most dangerous—states for kids online and there is good news for North Dakota and most of the Midwest.

The safest states are ranked as-

  1. South Dakota
  2. Vermont
  3. North Dakota
  4. Iowa
  5. Connecticut
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Minnesota
  8. Kansas
  9. Maine
  10. Massachusetts

The least safest states include-

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Virginia
  • Texas
  • Indiana
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Wisconsin
  • Oregon

One theory for the safest states could be the states with lower property and violent crime also experience lower rates of online crimes like cyberbullying. In other words, a better quality of life and safest for families and children. The opposite could apply to the unsafe states for kids to be on line.

At the end of the day, it is always important for parents to monitor their children on line, either on their phone, tablet or desktop.

From more of the findings from the survey, you can click here.


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