Internet Safety Resources for Parents and Kids


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GetNetWise.org

This is a public service website operated by the non-profit Internet Education Foundation and supported by a wide array of Internet and computer companies as well as a host of public interest organizations and child / family activists. The GetNetWise website offers a comprehensive Online Safety Guide— stating that "keeping children safe on the Internet is everyone's job" and a comprehensive inventory of Tools for Families that can be custom-tailored to the needs and values of individual families.

NetLingo: Top 20 Online Acronyms Every Parent Needs to Know

From the great Internet Dictionary project, this site states: "our kids love technology, they're expressing themselves and bettering their computer skills, but you need to keep up with them. Let us help you educate yourself because there are some alarming statistics."

NetSmartz Workshop

Net Smartz Workshop is produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. This comprehensive website contains web safety tips and educational materials for parents, kids, teens, educators and law enforcement officials. They also sponsor a site devoted to younger children which features interactive online safety games and videos, and a Teen Site (NSTeens), as well as the NetSmartz Internet Safety Helpdesk, which is sponsored by the Qwest Foundation.

NetFamilyNews NetFamilyNews is unique in three ways:


Its daily and weekly frequencies and multi-format approach provide maximum online accessibility to parents .

The site is parent-driven and grass-roots, filtering tech news for fellow parents and, with permission, publishing the tech stories and issues they send in. Having covered this field for nearly a decade, we're a clearinghouse for tech-parenting expertise in all directions - that of our readers themselves, as well as researchers, policy makers, children's advocates, and business people providing products and services for kids and families.

It's a "community newspaper" of the Digital Age—the information source for and communications node of a vibrant, worldwide interest community: grownups with young tech users' best interests in mind.
  • Dealing with Cyberbullies: Tips for Kids

  • Safe Blogging: Tips for Teens

  • Social Networking: Tips for Parents

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OnGuardOnline.gov: A Survey of Tools and Methods

OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government's website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. Major sections cover Avoiding Scams, How to Secure Your Computer, Protect Kids Online, Be Smart Online, and others.

Online Social Networks

Sponsored by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom , this site offers a number of documents on Social Networking and its impact on parents and teens that are of real value.

Parental Controls and Online Child Protection: A Survey of Tools and Methods

A major, in-depth look at available options for parents, and frequently updated online.

Pew Internet and American Life Project:

The Pew Internet and American Life Project is a highly-respected source of information. These reports have special significance for parents and kids, and right up-to-the-minute.

Safe & Smart: Research and Guidelines for Children's Use of the Internet

This informative 2-page pamphlet is produced by the National School Boards Foundation in association with the Children's Television Workshop..

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Social Networking Web Sites and Teens: An Overview.

This Memo from the Pew Internet and American Life Project explains that a social networking site is an online place where a user can create a profile and build a personal network that connects him or her to other users. In the past five years, such sites have rocketed from a niche activity into a phenomenon that engages tens of millions of internet users. More than half (55%) of all online American youths ages 12-17 use online social networking sites, according to a new national survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

The survey also finds that older teens, particularly girls, are more likely to use these sites. For girls, social networking sites are primarily places to reinforce pre-existing friendships; for boys, the networks also provide opportunities for flirting and making new friends.

StaySafe.org

An educational web site sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation "intended to help consumers understand both the positive aspects of the Internet as well as how to manage a variety of safety and security issues that exist online." The site contains specific sections for teenagers, parents, senior citizens, and educators with tips and tools tailored to each group.

StopBullying.gov

StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

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Teens, Privacy, & Social Networking: How Teens manage Their Online Identities and Personal Information in the Age of MySpace

Another fine report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The majority of teens actively manage their online profiles to keep the information they believe is most sensitive away from the unwanted gaze of strangers, parents and other adults. While many teens post their first name and photos on their profiles, they rarely post information on public profiles they believe would help strangers actually locate them such as their full name, home phone number or cell phone number.

At the same time, nearly two-thirds of teens with profiles (63%) believe that a motivated person could eventually identify them from the information they publicly provide on their profiles.

A new report, based on a survey and a series of focus groups conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project examine how teens, particularly those with profiles online, make decisions about disclosing or shielding personal information.

Some 55% of online teens have profiles and most of them restrict access to their profile in some way. Of those with profiles, 66% say their profile is not visible to all internet users. Of those whose profile can be accessed by anyone online, nearly half (46%) say they give at least some false information. Teens post fake information to protect themselves and also to be playful or silly.

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WiredSaftey.org

WiredSafety.org says it is the largest and oldest online safety, education, and help group in the world. Originating in 1995 as a group of volunteers rating websites, it now provides one-to-one help, extensive information, and education to cyberspace users of all ages on a myriad of Internet and interactive technology safety issues. These services are offered through a worldwide organization comprised entirely of volunteers who administer specialized websites and programs. WiredSafety.org volunteers range in age from 18 to 80 and run the gamut from TV personalities, teachers, law enforcement officers, PhD's, writers and librarians to stay-at-home moms, retired persons, and students. WiredSafety.org’s founder and Executive Director, cyberlawyer Parry Aftab, is also an unpaid volunteer. With the exception of its TeenAngels, outreach, law enforcement training and speaking programs, all work and help is provided online and free of charge.

WiredSafety.org’s work falls into four major areas:
  • Assistance for online victims of cybercrime and harassment

  • Advice, Training and Help for law enforcement worldwide on preventing, spotting and investigating cybercrimes

  • Education for children, parents, communities, law enforcement, and educators Information and Awareness on all aspects of online safety, privacy, responsible use and security

Wired Safety also runs or works with several other affiliated online safety sites, such as: CyberLawEnforcement.org, Wired Kids, and Teen Angels as well as Net Bullies

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