Internet Safety for Teens - tips regarding chat rooms Internet Safety Game - an interactive game that is great for kids ages 3-7 Kids Pledge - a contract you sign with your parents regarding what you can and can't do online Mc Gruff's Internet Safety Game - play Mc Gruff's matching game Net Smart Teens - comics and videos on cyberbullying and social networking Online Safety Tips for Teens - from IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan's website PBS Kid's Internet License - Kids can get their certificate to surf by passing a short quiz Think Before You Post - great resource for all internet-related activities I Keep Safe - teachers can find information for elementary and middle/high school activities Net Smartz - activities are divided by K-2, 3-4, 5-6, MS, and HS and are designed for whole group or individual use; students earn a certificate of completion once all programs are completed Web Wise Kids - the educator section offers classroom resources for grades K-6 and programs for grades 6-12 Net Cetera - A brochure regarding chatting with kids about being online.
On Guard Online - On Guard Online provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology community to help you guard against internet fraud, secure your computers, and protect your privacy.
The Court reversed and remanded a trial court’s dismissal of an indictment against defendant Mark Minnis for his failure to disclose a Facebook photograph after he was previously convicted of criminal sexual abuse. The Minnis Court, for example, referenced the defendant’s argument that juveniles have “continuing brain development,” and thus, potential for rehabilitation.
Additionally, the Court required Minnis to report as a “sex offender” and to disclose his use of the Internet, including his “identity” and “websites.” Minnis has significant legal implications for: (1) the First Amendment rights of convicted sex offenders and their disclosure obligations under the Registration Act and Notification Law; (2) the public policy underlying free speech under the First Amendment and its application to the Internet (including social media, such as blogs and Facebook); (3) the Illinois Supreme Court’s future interpretation of the First Amendment rights of sex offenders and future sex offender criminal statutes enacted or amended by the Illinois General Assembly; (4) the Illinois criminal justice system, in general, and sex offender cases specifically, how prosecutors charge sexual assault and abuse cases, and how lawyers defend sex offender cases, particularly for juvenile offenders, knowing the “stigma” attached to such registration status; and (5) the potential resolution of split decisions by some federal and state courts regarding the constitutionality of registration and notification statutes. Interestingly, in the post-Minnis oral argument discussion, numerous high-school students asked questions to the lawyers that suggested a potential dislike for government regulation of the Internet, especially their Facebook accounts.
A 47-year-old, self-employed landscaper arranged a hookup with a 13-year-old Cicero girl for sex at his Burbank apartment, prosecutors said in court on Friday.
Matthew Smith appeared before Cook County Judge Peter Felice in Bridgeview where he was charged with felony aggravated criminal sexual assault of a child.
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The statute mandates that Section 3(a) of the Registration Act information be disclosed to counties and other entities, such as institutions of higher learning, public school boards, child care facilities, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, social service agencies providing services to minors, and volunteer organizations providing services to minors. After reviewing the language of the Registration Act and its legislative history, the Court concluded that the legislature intended to protect the public in two ways: (1) by providing crucial information to law enforcement officials who monitor the movements of sex offenders; and (2) by disseminating the information to the public. The Court rejected this argument, stating: “[a]lthough the public availability of the website information may have a lasting and painful impact on sex offenders, these consequences flow not from the statutory registration and notification scheme but from the fact of conviction, which is already a matter of public record.” Additionally, Minnis argued: (1) a “strict scrutiny” First Amendment analysis should be applied because the disclosure requirements against sex offenders are “content-based laws” (i.e., laws applicable to particular speech because of the topic discussed or the idea or message conveyed), and are presumptively unconstitutional unless a restriction is narrowly tailored to serve a compelling governmental interest (which Minnis claimed did not occur); and (2) the Registration Act and Notification Law “chills substantially more speech than is necessary to further the governmental interest.” The Court rejected these arguments, engaged in a comparative analysis, adopted an “intermediate scrutiny” constitutional standard, and concluded that: (1) Illinois sex offender laws are “content-neutral,” (i.e., they “impose burdens on speech without reference to the ideas or views expressed”); and (2) the remedy of sex offender disclosures laws enacted by the legislature “advances the substantial governmental interest of protecting sex offenses against children and protecting the public from the dangers against recidivist sex offenders,” outweighing any “chilling effect.” Minnis also argued that, in addition to the unfavorable treatment of juveniles as sex offenders, the disclosure obligation applied to “too many people” and the courts should undertake an “individualized risk assessment” of each offender as part of its “independent duty” to review these policy issues. In July 2015, the circuit court granted Minnis’ motion to dismiss the indictment; specifically ruling that the entire Registration Act’s Internet disclosure requirement was unconstitutional on its “face” and “as applied” to Minnis, and it was “based solely on the first amendment.” If Minnis “knowingly or wilfully” provided “false” information under the Registration Act (including incomplete information regarding his Facebook account), he can be found guilty of a Class 3 felony, which carries a sentence of up to five years imprisonment. Registration Act and Notification Law “The Registration Act and the Notification Law ‘operate in tandem, providing a comprehensive scheme for the registration of Illinois sex offenders and the dissemination of information about these offenders to the public.’” all e-mail addresses, instant messaging identities, chat room identities, and other Internet communications identities that the sex offender uses or plans to use, all Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) registered or used by the sex offender, all blogs and other Internet sites maintained by the sex offender or to which the sex offender has uploaded any content or posted any messages or information. In addition, Section 3(a) mandates that a sex offender submit other information, including a current photograph and his/her current address, place of employment, telephone numbers, vehicle license numbers, and distinguishing marks on the body. [as] [t]he content on the Internet is as diverse as human thought.’” The Illinois Supreme Court rejected the defendant’s “as applied” challenge, holding that since the circuit court did not hold an evidentiary hearing and make findings of fact, any such challenge was “premature.” As to Minnis’ facial challenge to the Registration Act as overbroad, the Court stated that a statute can only be invalidated “if a substantial number of its applications to protected speech are unconstitutional, judged in relation to the statute’s plainly legitimate sweep,” a burden not met by defendant. Unfortunately the same advances in computer and telecommunication technology that allow our children to reach out to new sources of knowledge and cultural experiences are also leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and harm by computer-sex offenders.We hope that this pamphlet helps you to begin to understand the complexities of on-line child exploitation.