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Internet Safety Month

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June is Internet Safety Month. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) joins our partners in raising awareness about Internet safety and providing resources to keep kids safe online.

This year, OJJDP brings a focus to the crime of sextortion. Sextortion is an online crime that exploits youth through coercion or blackmail to acquire sexual content, engage in sex, or obtain money. 

Partnering with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

OJJDP, in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), provides resources, technical assistance, and prevention services to victims and families, as well as support to law enforcement agencies in cases involving missing and exploited children. Visit the NCMEC's NetSmartz program's June is Internet Safety Month webpage to learn more.

Developed with funding support from OJJDP, the NCMEC Safety Pledge website provides free resources to help parents, educators, and caregivers learn more about the risks that children face online and how to respond safely. 

NCMEC's website also offers resources about digital safety for youth, parents, communities, and educators including: 

  • NetSmartz's "Internet Safety At Home" tip sheet.
  • NetSmartz's "Into the Cloud" toolkit.

OJJDP's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program

OJJDP created the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC program) under the authority of the fiscal year (FY) 1998 Justice Appropriations Act, Public Law 105–119. The ICAC program helps state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children. The ICAC program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing more than 4,700 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. 

Protect Our Youth Online: A Virtual Event to Start the Conversation

As part of Internet Safety Month in June 2022, OJJDP and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program presented “Protect Our Youth Online: A Virtual Event to Start the Conversation." This virtual event—comprising three webinars—featured presentations from technology safety experts with tips and resources to help inform and protect youth online.

Spotlight on Sextortion

Logo of ICAC: Internet Crimes Against Children

Sextortion is an online exploitation crime directed towards children in which coercion or blackmail is used to acquire sexual content, engage in sex, or obtain money. Access these resources to learn more. 

Sextortion Awareness Video from San Jose Police Department

Sexting and Sextortion: Keeping Kids Safe Webinar

Internet Safety Resources

3 Questions for Parents to Ask Their Kids About Their Tech Use

Helping Youth Navigate Dangers in the Digital Age Webinar

Digital Safety Resources for Youth, Parents, Communities, and Educators

  • Clicky’s Internet Safety Month message 
  • NetSmartz’s “Internet Safety At Home” tip sheet 
  • NetSmartz’s "Into the Cloud” tool kit 
Date Created: May 31, 2022