Internet service partners have released a new report breaking down the safest and most dangerous states for kids online.
Texas is ranked the 4th most dangerous state in the report.
The study looked into the following factors:
-Malware infection rates
-Youth victims of internet crime
-Youth mental illness
According to Charlie Breck, a PR specialist for CenturyLink, Texas ranked poorly in all categories except for education. Out of all 50 states, Texas ranked 48 in terms of cyberbullying, with some of the fewest cyberbullying laws in place. Additionally, Texas ranked 44th for malware infections, 49th for youth internet crime victim reports and 43rd for youth mental illness rates.
The only promising results were for education, where Texas ranked 19th in the country.
KTSM also spoke with UTEP Assistant Professor of Psychology Daniel Jones, who said cyberbullying in particular is a major concern.
“I hate it. I think it’s an ugly side of human nature we’ll have to deal with more and more as time goes on,” Jones said.
Jones also said it’s important for parents to talk with their children about how to handle cyber bullies. He said the best defense is to ignore the instigation and not engage in any arguments, because an argument can just make the situation worse and lead to more hurtful things being said.
“If your posting, if your putting yourself out there, people are going to try to psychologically mess with you. That’s the nature of the beast we’re dealing with here. While I don’t think we’re doing enough, I think it’s a problem that will never be fully solved,” Jones explained.
You can see the full report here: https://www.centurylinkquote.com/resources/safest-states-kids-online/