Safest States for Kids Online: Indiana Ranks #3
Indiana’s cyberbullying laws have room for improvement, but the state boasts few malware victims and low rates of crime against children.
What Makes Indiana Safe for Kids Online?
Cyberbullying and Sexting Laws
With only eight out of 14 cyberbullying and sexting laws we searched for, Indiana had one of the lowest numbers of these laws of any state in the top 10.
Internet Crimes Against Children
For every 100,000 people, Indiana’s rate of internet crimes against children is an incredibly impressive 0.45. The national average is almost seven times that rate.
Indiana also exhibits a low rate of malware victims—for every 100,000 people, this state has less than 1 victim.
We analyzed all states in the United States including the District of Columbia and adjusted our data to reflect the state population under 20 years old. To achieve our final ranking, we created a weighted score based on the number of internet crime victims (25%), internet crimes against children (40%), malware victims (10%), and cyberbullying and sexting laws (25%). The data for each category came from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, United State Census, and the Cyberbullying Research Center’s Bullying Laws database.