The Internet can be a great tool for teaching and learning as well as offering access to valuable resources for our children. However, there are also hidden dangers in which parents, educators and our students need to be aware. The links below may serve as a helpful guide to Internet Safety.
Tips for Parents
- Talk to your child and set clear guidelines for Internet use.
- Monitor your child's Internet use. Place the computer in a common area where the screen is visible.
- If your child belongs to a social forum such as MySpace.com or Facebook.com, check their posting to make sure it does not contain personal contact information or inappropriate content. Check the pages that are linked, since these pages may also contain inappropriate content or information that would identify your child.
- Make sure that your child understands that he or she should not provide personal information or give out a password except to a parent or trusted adult.
- Your child should let you know if anyone says, writes, or does something that makes them uncomfortable.
Learn how to better protect your children from online predators.
Information About Internet Safety
- The Children's Partnership: The Parents/ Guide to the Information Superhighway Rules and tools for families online
- Cyber Criminals Most Wanted Cyber crime awareness, prevention, and safety
- Cybertipline Reporting site from the National center for Missing and Exploited Children
- Don't Believe the Type Focuses on information for parents and guardians of teens
- Filter Review Information to help you find the right filtering solution
- Five Tips to Protect Children from Unsavory Content Tips for keeping kids safe online
- GetNetWise "Rules of the Road" for child safety online and some common-sense guidelines to avoid spam, malware, and protecting personal information.
- Joe Showker's Internet Safety Portaportal Lots of valuable links
- KidShield Tools and information for keeping your child safe online.
- Parent's Guide to Internet Safety Information from the FBI
- Online Safety Guide Information on the risks that children face online. Click on age-level on left side of screen for safety tips
- Parent's Guide to Online KidsProvides statistics on internet use, describes various programs that kids may be using online, discusses risks, and offers tips on internet safety
- Parenting Online Useful information for parents
- SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com Lots of information, printable resources, online safety quiz, and more
- StaySafe.org for Parents
Sites for Kids
Learn about online dangers and how to make the web a safer place to surf.
Keeping Your Identity Safe
Shopping online is convenient, and it is safe as long as you use some simple precautions. Legitimate sites use measures such as encryption to safeguard your personal information. Stop by Safeshopping.org for information to help you shop smarter.
Phishing is a way of tricking you into giving out personal information. Those emails that you receive from a bank, Paypal, Ebay, etc. asking you to update your account information are just ways of gathering your personal information. Even the annoying SPAM that you receive advertising Viagra and other drugs is more likely designed to collect information than sell you anything. The FDIC reports important information and tips on keeping your personal information safe in You can Fight Identity Theft
Spyware is becoming more and more prevalent. While some forms are benign and designed mainly to gather information for marketing, others are malicious and designed to gather personal information. Protect your yourself and your computer. Regularly run software designed to detect and remove spyware. Here are some free solutions that you can download.