Sumter, SC (WLTX) -- Attorney General Alan Wilson tells News19 his office has made it a priority to focus on internet crimes against minors.
Since July, the internet crimes against children task force has made 28 arrests leading to 45 convictions. Of those 21 were convicted of criminal solicitation of a minor, 19 for sexual exploitation of a minor, and five plead guilty to other charges.
Thursday morning Lakewood High School's auditorium played home to an Internet Safety road show, a discussion for parents, teachers, and students to learn more about protecting yourself on the internet.
"I've learned first hand at the attorney general's office of the dangers that are out there," Attorney General Alan Wilson is holding the forums at five high school, teaching the implications of online predators, sexting, and cyber-bulling.
"We want people to be cognisant that when you put a photo on facebook, when you make a post on facebook, that you could be putting something out there that could be accessible by someone who wants to hurt you," said Wilson.
Since 2004, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has made 372 arrests, leading to 244 convictions, with 95 pending cases.
For the past two years Brooke Oberwetter, a Facebook spokesperson, has been working with elected officials, school groups, community groups all over the US.
Facebook says for teens, the most important thing to remember is the audience with whom they choose to share their personal information.
"We make very good tools at facebook that allow you to share with the people with who you only want to share with, what's important is that people use them and actually trust the people they are choosing to share with," said Oberwetter.
Facebook recommends everyone checking their privacy and security settings. Oberwetter says the picture and posts you make can even prevent you from getting into that school or job you want.
"Those instances are very real. I don't think they are the norm, but it is defiantly something young people need to be aware of as they start to look at colleges and apply for jobs," said Oberwetter.
Safety information Wilson says is invaluable.
"The internet is here to stay. Technology is only going to proliferate it's only going to snowball and get bigger," said Wilson.
Friday the internet safety road show will make two stops at schools in the upstate.