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ACR-66 Internet Crimes Against Children Awareness Month.(2013-2014)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 66
CHAPTER 141

Relative to Internet crimes.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 27, 2013. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 66, Waldron. Internet Crimes Against Children Awareness Month.
This measure would designate October 2013 as Internet Crimes Against Children Awareness Month and state that the Legislature supports increased funding for the Internet Crimes Against Children task forces, online communications systems, or computer technology to help detect the sexual exploitation of children, updating reporting laws, and strengthening disclosure laws.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Computers and the Internet have become prevalent in California homes, schools, and libraries; and
WHEREAS, In 2010, 85 percent of children 3 to 17 years of age had access to a computer at home, and almost 57 percent used the Internet at home; and
WHEREAS, Children and adolescents commonly use computers for playing games, completing school assignments, word processing, email, and connecting to the Internet; and
WHEREAS, Education is the single most common motivation parents cite for their children to use the Internet from home; and
WHEREAS, While the Internet has helped to make education, entertainment, and socialization more accessible for youth, it has also made child victimization easier for predators; and
WHEREAS, Physical contact between the child and the perpetrator does not need to occur for a child to become a victim or for a crime to be committed; and
WHEREAS, Many victims of Internet crimes do not disclose their victimization or even realize that they have been victims of a crime; and
WHEREAS, Predators contact children over the Internet and victimize them by enticing them through online contact for the purpose of engaging them in sexual acts, using the Internet for the production, manufacture, and distribution of child pornography, using the Internet to expose youth to child pornography and encourage them to exchange pornography, and enticing and exploiting children for the purpose of sexual tourism (travel with the intent to engage in sexual behavior) for commercial gain or personal gratification; and
WHEREAS, Pornography is often used in the sexual victimization of children. About 25 percent of children have been exposed to unwanted pornographic material online; and
WHEREAS, One in seven children have received a sexual solicitation online; and
WHEREAS, In the 2009 fiscal year, task forces participating in the federal Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program reported nearly 28,000 complaints, including child pornography, enticement or obscenity directed to minors, and child prostitution. These complaints resulted in more than 13,000 investigations; and
WHEREAS, Parents, school officials, law enforcement officers, and other adults can prevent Internet crimes against children by taking various measures, including keeping computers in open areas, monitoring the amount of time a child spends online, and educating children about the dangers of Internet crimes; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature designates October 2013 as Internet Crimes Against Children Awareness Month to educate parents, children, and the general public about the critical issue of Internet crimes against children statewide in order to protect children against unspeakable crimes; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature supports increased funding for ICAC task forces, online communications systems, or computer technology to help detect the sexual exploitation of children, updating reporting laws, and strengthening disclosure laws; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.