The advancement and proliferation of technology has altered our lives in many ways. Certain technologies, such as the Internet and email, have dramatically enhanced our ability to communicate and conduct business. However, they also have their drawbacks. Perhaps most alarming is that these technologies have made us vulnerable to a new realm of criminal activity. The anonymity of the Internet, as well as the ability to search out victims quickly and effectively, has created incredible challenges for law enforcement who are on the front lines attempting to deter predators.
According to statistics provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, approximately one in five children ages 10-17 who use the Internet frequently have received a sexual solicitation or approach over the Internet.
As more people gain access to the Internet, the numbers of victims increases exponentially. To ensure that Coloradoans are protected online, I have made Internet safety a priority and have partnered with groups including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help bring awareness to Internet safety and encourage safe surfing.
The Attorney General's Safe Surfing Initiative helps give parents the tools they need to protect their children from predators and inappropriate content online. Please use the resources on this site to help educate yourself and your children on Internet safety.