Safest States for Kids Online: South Dakota Ranks #10
What Makes South Dakota Safe for Kids Online?
Cyberbullying and Sexting Laws
Of the 14 laws we looked at related to cyberbullying and sexting, South Dakota has enacted 11—far above the national average of 7.9.
Internet Crimes Against Children
For every 100,000 people, South Dakota had 2.52 victims of internet crimes against children. While not an ideal number, it still falls under the national rate of 3.35.
The rate of malware victims is where South Dakota excels—there were only 0.42 victims of malware per 100,000 people in The Mount Rushmore State.
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.