Internet Safety

  • Common Sense Media

    From To help kids maximize the Internet's benefits -- while minimizing the risks -- we offer the latest research, tips, and tools on what really keeps kids safe. Which privacy settings should you use? What are the ins and outs of parental controls? Get tips on everything from the basics, such as smart usernames, to the big stuff, such as appropriate sharing.

    Internet Safety Resources SafeKids

    From is one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety.


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    From As a public service for parents, educators, and everyone interested in young people's use of technology, NetFamilyNews is the "community newspaper" of a vital interest community. Founded in 1999, it has become the journal-of-record on all aspects of youth and technology and is the only high-frequency news service of its kind in the English-speaking world, serving readers in more than 50 countries.


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    From Communication is an effective tool for parents and guardians when helping their children avoid the dangers that exist on the Internet. NetSmartz provides on- and offline learning activities for parents to facilitate discussions with their children and teens about Internet safety. Visit "Parent FAQ" to learn more about how and why parents should use NetSmartz.

    NetSmartz for Parents and Guardians NetSmartz Home

    Parent Tips

    1. Stay Educated
    2. Talk with your children often – things change everyday on the Internet
    3. Develop Safety guidelines for the family
    4. Create a Parent Contract and Child Contract
    5. Post contract and guidelines on each computer in the house
    6. Develop "Stop" Rules
      • Uncomfortable feeling about words or pictures
      • Keep screen on and tell a parent or adult
      • Parent or adult can then see and report abusers
    7. Setup Research Bookmark Folders
    8. Check History of browser, by day, week, month
    9. Set up parental controls

    Other resources

    Kids Click - a web search tool that librarians made for kids to use. I was surprised this one wasn't there! 

    Safety Tips - online safety tips for kids and parents; thought it might be good since kids go online so much

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