Internet Safety Resources for Parents and Teachers

Visit our online video based curriculum resource page for grades 9-12!

Please view our Spanish resources as well!

 


BEST SITE KNOW IT ALL Video Based Interactive Tutorials for Parents Concerned About Child and Teen Safety Online

http://www.childnet-int.org/kia/parents/cd/  (multilingual - five or six languages and sign)

 

The State of Online Safety Report 2008

this document is an international snapshot of the incredibly diverse and innovative attempts to keep kids safe online, while also respecting free expression.
Source site:  http://www.fosi.org/downloads/policy/online_safety_report08.pdf

 

NetLingo.com - Dictionary of Internet Terms - Text Messaging Terms
Are your kids IMing or e-mailing using acronyms or shorthand that leaves you baffled? Use this site to learn the abbreviations people use when they communicate online, with PDAs, through text messaging, etc.
http://www.netlingo.com/emailsh.cfm

 

HOW-TO Video Tutorials for Parents (setting up privacy settings, preferences, filters, etc.)
http://www.getnetwise.org/videotutorials/

A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety from the FBI.  It was prepared from actual investigations involving child victims, as well as investigations where law enforcement officers posed as children.
http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm
 

Wired Safety for Educators, Parents

Educators need to understand that the greatest risk our children face online is being denied access. The Internet is essential to our children's education, future careers and lives. But even the most experienced Internet user doesn't understand how children use the Internet and how to help them have a safer and more enjoyable surfing experience.

http://www.wiredsafety.org/  Main Site

http://www.wiredsafety.org/educators.html  For Educators

http://www.wiredsafety.org/parent.html  For Parents

 

iLearn Online program (video based & free)

i-SAFE has partnered with Microsoft to create an ‘On Demand’ system for Internet safety education. All through the click of a mouse you now have the ability to empower yourself, and your family, on the true meaning of “Internet Safety”.

http://ilearn.isafe.org/


Parenting - Online Safety Booklet   

http://www.wiredkids.org/parents/parentingonline/parentingonline.pdf

 

Internet safety Guide for Parents from the Arizona Attorney General
http://www.azag.gov/children_family/InternetSafety_ParentsWeb.pdf
 

Web Aware provides advice for parents organized by age group.  It also offers profiles of children at each age level.

http://www.bewebaware.ca/english/default.aspx

Cyberbullying: What Adults Can Do
http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/adults/default.aspx


Brochure About Chat Rooms and Online Chatting for Parents
http://www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk/managed/File/chatguide_parents_booklet.pdf

i-SAFE America is a government funded, non-profit organization dedicated to keeping children safe on the Internet. Our mission is to educate and empower youth to safely and responsibly take control of their Internet experience.
http://www.isafe.org/

The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.
http://www.netsmartz.org/

WiredSafety, Is A 501(c)(3) Program and the largest online safety, education and help group in the world. We are a cyber-neighborhood watch and operate worldwide in cyberspace through our more than 9,000 volunteers worldwide.
http://www.wiredsafety.org/

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the go-to resource for cyber security awareness and education for home user, small business, and education audiences. A public-private partnership, NCSA sponsors include the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Trade Commission, and many private-sector corporations and organizations.
http://www.staysafeonline.info/

The Police Notebook on Internet Safety from the University of Oklahoma offers tips regarding online safety.
http://www.ou.edu/oupd/kidsafe/start.htm

All about child safety at Microsoft (videos, tips, guides)
http://www.microsoft.com/protect/familysafety/default.aspx

Parents - Online Safety Guide
http://www.wiredsafety.org/safety/parry_guide.html

All about Music, Downloading, peer 2 peer and Social Networking from Childnet
http://www.childnet-int.org/music/advice_p.html

Spam
GetNetWise offers tips, tools, and suggestions for action if you're bothered by unwanted email. The tips help you avoid spam, and the tools and actions give you ideas about filtering mail that comes to your computer and reporting email offenders to agencies who can do something about this problem.
http://spam.getnetwise.org

Power To Learn for Parents

Designed to provide parents with timely and relevant information related to children’s digital media safety these interactive units provide in-depth, practical and "how to" information.  The site prvides a comprehensive overview regarding social networking, gaming, instant messaging, etc..
http://www.powertolearn.com/internet_smarts/parents_need_to_know/index.shtml


First-of-its-kind K-8 Curriculum originally co-published with Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and available free to educators. Original standards-based lesson plans. Student activity sheets. Non-sequential for flexible implementation by technology teachers, librarians, media specialists and classroom teachers.
http://www.cybersmart.org/home/

"Who's Afraid Of The Internet?" from the New York Public Library.  What Parents Should Know from the NY Public Library.
http://www.nypl.org/help/computers-internet-and-wireless-access/a-safety-net-for-the-internet

Parent-Child Internet Safety Contract
http://www.fosi.org/downloads/resources/familycontract_us.pdf

A Parents’ Guide to Internet Safety from the BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/life/you_and_school/helping_at_home/internet_safety.shtml

Parents Guide to the Internet from the U.S. Dept. of Education
The U.S. Department of Education developed this guide back in 1997, but its information couldn't be more pertinent today. Parents who are serious about making sure their children use the Internet wisely and effectively will appreciate this handy reference.
http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/parents/internet/index.html


Guidelines for Parents
Parents know that kids shouldn't be giving out personal information online, but just what information does this include? Should kids use pseudonyms when they are online? What about kids' online friends?
http://www.cyberbully.org/documents/cskparentguide_000.pdf

Be Net Savvy - Tools for Parents to Help Children Stay Safe
http://www.bnetsavvy.org/wp/

 

Common Sense Safety Guide (chapters and FREE book online)
http://www.commonsense.com/internet-safety-tips/tips-for-kids.php


Articles for Parents About TEEN online Issues (Sexting, Provacy, etc.)
http://www.surfnetkids.com/go/safety/category/teens/

 

Stop Bullying Now

http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/kids/default.aspx

 

Microsoft Safety Collection for Parents to Use with Kids
http://www.microsoft.com/protect/familysafety/childsafety.aspx

 

Internet Safety KITS and Plans fro Parents and Teachers from WebWiseKids

http://www.webwisekids.org/classroom_resources/teacher_resources/

 

Parent Guide to Facebook
http://www.safekids.com/2010/11/08/a-parents-guide-to-facebook-provides-hands-on-tools-for-teens-privacy-and-safety/

 

Internet Law Libraries
For brief summaries of court decisions related to Internet use, go to the Internet Library of Law and Court Decisions. You'll find case updates on MP3, DVD, audio files, and a host of others including privacy, shareware, email, and copyright.
http://www.internetlibrary.com/

http://www.gahtan.com/cyberlaw/


Peer to Peer Networks
NetSafe Utah tackles peer-to-peer networks with cautionary advice for parents.
http://www.netsafeutah.org/stayingsafe/P2P.htm

 

NPR:  Biggest threat online are peers (article)

http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2009/01/23/04/

 

BBC Webwise
http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/

 

Viruses/Hoaxes
You've probably gotten email warning you not to open attachments with certain names. Many of these are hoaxes, which are forwarded to you by innocent people. Paying attention to such messages is not a wise way to protect your computer.
http://www.wiredsafety.org/internet101/hoaxes.html
 

Teens and Talk: The Lure of Instant Messaging
Family Education calls Instant Messaging the "21st Century Pizza Parlor" and details information on the good and the bad of teen chatting. Suggestions for rules are provided.
http://familyeducation.com/article/0,1120,4-11432,00.html

 

Internet Content Rating Association
ICRA is an international content rating system for the Internet. Filtering categories include chat, language used on a site, nudity and sexual content of a site, violence depicted on a site, and others areas such as gambling, drugs, and alcohol.
http://256.com/gray/docs/pics/icra.html

 
GetNetWise
GetNetWise provides information about products that are designed to help online experiences be safe and rewarding. Finding software that filters and/or monitors what children are doing online is easy with GetNetWise's "Tools for Families" search.
http://kids.getnetwise.org/tools/index.php

 

Children's Privacy Rights from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs21-children.htm

Parental Control Software Basics
http://www.suite101.com/content/what-is-parental-control-software-a151112

 

Snooping on Your Kids
How do you know what your kids have been doing online? The answer: There are lots of ways, some of which you can do with your Web browser and others with monitoring software.
http://www.surfnetkids.com/go/safety/549/keeping-your-child-safe-online-by-spying/

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2272557,00.asp

 

Options to Limit Time Online
How do you monitor how much time your child spends online? There's software that can keep track of it for you.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/kimkomando/2003-10-27-komando_x.htm

 

Teenangels is a group of 13-18 year-old volunteers that have been especially trained by the local law enforcement, and many other leading safety experts in all aspects of online safety, privacy, and security. After completion of the required training, the Teenangels run unique programs in schools to spread the word about responsible and safe surfing to other teens and younger kids, parents, and teachers. At the urging of our Teenangel volunteers, a special group of volunteers will be able to continue as Teenangels after they become 18 years old, & a new group of Tweenangels has been formed for those between 9 & 12 years of age.

http://www.teenangels.org/


 

Additional Online Safety Information for Parents of  Elementary School Children
The City School District of New Rochelle would like to offer the web sites listed below as resources to help educate the parents on Internet Safety. These web sites are geared to teaching internet safety to parents and elementary age students.

Get Net Wise is a great web site that breaks down Internet safety information for parents by age groups. This site is easy to navigate and understand.
http://kids.getnetwise.org/safetyguide/

Power to Learn Internet Safety for Parents
This website is suited for Elementary parents learning about internet safety. The site offers examples of Social Networking, Gaming, Cell and SmartPhones, Wireless World, Filtering, Family Technology Rules and Emailing, IM'ing and chatting online.

http://www.powertolearn.com/internet_smarts/parents_need_to_know/index.shtml

Net Cetera Chatting with Kids about being Online
This is a PDF document that helps parents understand the lingo that related to Internet Safety. This is provided by OnGuard and the Federal Government.
http://www.onguardonline.gov/pdf/tec04.pdf

OnGuard Online
http://www.onguardonline.gov/default.aspx

 

 

 

Internet Safety Resources in Spanish

  ¿Qué es el software antivirus
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/comput...
  ¿Qué son las actualizaciones de sistema operativo?
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/comput...
  ¿Qué son los programas anti spyware?
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/comput...
  Cómo hacer que sus hijos usen los sitios web de redes sociales de forma más segura
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/family...
Tal vez ya sepa que la creación de blogs ("registros web" públicos o diarios personales en línea) es algo muy común entre los adolescentes e, incluso, entre niños más pequeños.
  Cuatro formas de hacer que sus hijos eviten la piratería de archivos en línea
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/family...
Por piratería en línea se entiende la copia y uso compartido ilegales de material protegido por copyright para el uso comercial o personal.
  Diez cosas que se pueden enseñar a los chicos para mejorar su seguridad en Internet
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/family...
  Directrices para el uso de Internet de los niños según su edad
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/family...
  Establezca reglas claras para el uso de Internet
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/family...
Uso de contratos familiares para proteger a los niños en Internet
  Los niños y el juego
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/family...
Sugerencias para los padres para que ayuden a sus hijos a jugar de manera segura
  Mejore la seguridad de Internet en el hogar con cuatro pasos
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/family...
Aunque no existe ninguna tecnología que pueda sustituir la implicación de los padres, hay formas de usar el software de Microsoft para ayudarle a proteger a sus hijos del contenido inapropiado.
  Sugerencias acerca de la seguridad en línea para niños de edades comprendidas entre 11 y 14 años
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/family...
 
  Sugerencias acerca de la seguridad en línea para niños de hasta 10 años
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/family...
 
  Sugerencias acerca de seguridad en línea para chicos de edades comprendidas entre 15 y 18 años
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/family...
 
  Supervisión de los padres y orientación basada en la edad
    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/family...
Ayudar a los niños a tratar el contenido que promueve el odio en Internet
 
12 sugerencias de seguridad para padres e hijos sobre blogs
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/spain/protect/family/activities/blogging.mspx
El uso de blogs (del inglés "Web log", registro web), se está extendiendo como un reguero de pólvora, sobre todo entre los adolescentes, que en ocasiones publican este tipo de diarios personales en línea sin que lo sepan sus padres o tutores.