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  • Don’t give out personal information about yourself, your family situation, your school, your telephone number, or your address on the Internet. Criminals look for victims on the Internet because it is an unsupervised environment where they can hide their identity and be anyone they want.
  • When communicating with someone you meet online, remember not everyone may be who they say they are.For example a person who says “she” is a 13-year-old girl from California may really be a 50-year-old man from New York.
  • Because not everyone on the Internet may be who they say they are, a friend you meet online may not be the best person to talk to if you are having problems at home, with your friends, or at school, or if you are thinking about running away. Find an adult in your school, church, club, or neighborhood to talk to, or contact the Crisis Call Center: 1-800-992-5757 or
  • If someone sexually solicits or harasses you online, says anything inappropriate, or does anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at 775-328-3320.
  • If you become aware of the sharing, use or viewing of child pornography online, immediately report this to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at 775-328-3320 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or

Is It Ever Against the Law to Download Information Off of the Internet?
It is illegal to download certain information, pictures and music. The creation, possession or distribution of child pornography (any image portraying sexual conduct by minors) is a crime. NRS 200.710-.730. The unauthorized use or duplication of copyrighted materials by downloading them off the Internet can also carry criminal and civil penalties. 17 U.S.C. § 1 et seq.

This guide is an introduction to narrow topics of Nevada law. Keep in mind that federal, state and local laws are constantly subject to change. If you have a legal question or problem, you should consult an attorney.