Internet Safety Resources for Parents

  • Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today -- especially our children’s.  Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn.  Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant.

    Common Sense Education

    Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.  We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.  Find research-based tools to teach your students how to embrace the power of technology in school and in life:

    Blue Arrow Icon  The Common Sense Education Home Page

     

    NetSmartz Workshops

    Blue Arrow Icon  The NetSmartz Workshop Home Page

    NetSmartz Workshop, an interactive, educational safety resource for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.

     

    Español

    El NetSmartz Workshop (Taller NetSmartz) es un proyecto excitante del Centro Nacional para Menores Desaparecidos y Explotados (o NCMEC, sus signos en inglés) que enseña a los niños a estar más seguros cuando usan el Internet. NetSmartz ofrece actividades innovadoras de seguridad en el Internet mediante el uso de las más avanzadas tecnologías 3-D y del Internet.

     

    NetSmartz411.org

    NetSmartz411 is an extention of the NetSmartz Workshop.  It's a first-of-its-kind, online service providing a searchable database to answer questions about internet Safety, computers and the Web.  All research and answers provided by NetSmartz411 are prepared by highly skilled professionals who are rigorously trained to understand the Internet and all areas of emerging technologies, and are well-versed in the online techniques used by child predators.  There is an "Ask an Expert" button if you can't find what you're looking for.  They also provide a toll-free hotline:

    Blue Arrow Icon Internet Safety Helpdesk & Hotline: 1-888-Nets411

     

    Additional Resources

    • NetFamilyNews as an excellent source to obtain a weekly newsletter regarding Internet and Cyber Safety.
    • http://ikeepsafe.org/ offers a booklet that includes instructions to check for artifacts left behind on a computer running a Windows operating system.

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