The State of Virginia is reportedly mandating that Internet safety classes be offered in all public schools in all levels. This is the first in the US as a measure to protect young web users especially those in the primary levels. Since there are a great number of children getting victimized by perverts and sex offenders, this particular concern caused an alarm resulting to the recent mandate released by the Virginia government.
A study by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2006 revealed that almost 13% of 10-17 years old Internet users receive sexual solicitations from unknown preys. Just recently in Virginia, a 31-year old convict who had already abused 11 children online was discovered to be using a social network profile posing as a 15-year old. The convict was shown in a high school meeting in Richmond by attorney general Gene Fishel to present that such Internet abuse is already rampant, thus, the need for Internet safety classes.