Internet Safety

Resources for staying safe online

ConnectSafely -
Forum for parents, teens, educators, advocates - everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web. The site has tips for teens and parents, as well as other resources for safe blogging and social networking.

Internet Keep Safe Coalition -
The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors and/or first spouses, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement, and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online.

OnGuard Online -
Practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. Features Net Cetera which includes tips to help parents talk to kids about being online. View the tips in a PDF booklet.

Staysafe -
An educational site 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 guidance given on this site is focused on helping consumers understand those issues and how to take steps to prevent or repair their effects.

Wired Safety -
Provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages and they also help parents with issues, such as MySpace and cyberbullying.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children offers the following advice to share with your children regarding safe use of the Internet:

  • Do not give out personal information such as address, telephone number, parent's work address or telephone numbers, or the name and location of your school, without the permission of your parents.
  • Tell your parents right away if you come across any information on the Internet that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Never agree to get together with someone you "meet" on the Internet, without first checking with your parents. If your parents agree, take them with you and meet in a public place.
  • Never send anyone your picture or any other possessions, without first checking with your parents.
  • Do not respond to any messages that are mean, rude or make you feel uncomfortable in any way. If you do get a message that worries you, frightens you, or makes you feel uncomfortable, tell your parents about it right away.
  • Talk to your parents about the rules of your household concerning how you use the computer and the Internet. Decide on the time of day that you can go online, how long you can surf the 'Net, and what kinds of websites you can look at.