Safest States for Kids Online: Pennsylvania Ranks #2
What Makes Pennsylvania Safe for Kids Online?
Cyberbullying and Sexting Laws
Pennsylvania has 12 out of 14 possible cyberbullying and sexting laws on our list—one more than the state ranked #1, Colorado.
Internet Crimes Against Children
The number of internet crimes against children bumped Pennsylvania to second place, but Pennsylvania’s rate of victims per 100,000 people (2.59) was still below the national average of 3.35.
With only 1.9 victims per 100,000 people, The Keystone State is just above the national average number of victims in each state (1.75).
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.