General Internet Safety Resources

Internet Safety Resources Open Source and Free Resources (.pdf) Web 2.0 and Ajax Resources
Social Networking and
Chat Resources Page
Internet Resources for
Young Children Page
Internet Filters
and Monitors Page

Programs for educators, parents, grandparents, and students, registration required.  Watch videos to become "certified" as having completing the training and become eligible to order free material.  Excellent Internet safety curriculum, monthly newsletter, and Internet Safety contests.

NetSmartz -
Real life stories, video streamed, activity cards and handouts.  Great cyberbullying videos and young children safety videos using cartoons. Activities designed for all ages and serve as wonderful starting points for discussing Internet safety with children. -
This is a clearing house of information including: Keeping Children Safe Online, Stopping Unwanted E-mail and Spam, Protecting Your Computer from Hackers and Viruses, Keeping Your Personal Info Private.  Includes links to child friendly search engines & filtering tools. -
Cute Faux Paw online video, safety tips which may be printed.  Excellent collection of parent videos.

Web Wise Kids and Wired with Wisdom- or
Interactive web and CD based activities for MS and HS students and parents.  Most are designed for classroom use.  Programs include Missing (cyber predators), AirDogs (software piracy), Mirror Image (cyber predators focused on teen girls), and Wired with Wisdom (parent training.) -
Great statistics, printable rules and tools, info on the harmful effects of pornography

Internet safety use agreements -

North Carolina Dept. of Justice -
Excellent video on a girl going online from a computer in the family room while her Dad reads the paper in the living room.  Then she leaves to meet someone she met online.  

Protect Mi Child Registry - 
Parents register electronic addresses/IM names/cell phone #s children use.   Once an address has been registered, senders of messages that advertise/link to prohibited products (tobacco, gambling, pornography…) are required to remove the address from their mailing list.

SBC/Yahoo Parental Controls -
Part of the free AT&T Yahoo! Online Protection suite, includes web filter controls, e-mail management, IM controls, and report cards.

Charter High Speed Security Suite -
A useful suite of security applications - available for no charge as part of Charter’s High Speed Internet package.

AOL Parent Controls -
One of the first and most comprehensive parent controls – however Internet access through AOL is required.

MySpace Safety -
Parent tips for guiding children to safely use MySpace and be aware of the dangers.  Includes monitor and filter software recommendations. 

Disney Surfs Well – Internet Safety -
Travel with Mickey and friends as gather jewels as they learn about sharing personal information online, viruses, and online etiquette.

K9 Web Protection -
The Parental ControlBar -  Free Internet filter programs.

Activity Monitors - monitors MySpace activity
Hoopa - records MSN Messenger Activities
KidLogger - keystroke logging program
P.O.K (Protect Our Kids) - monitors text phrases

Tuki -  
For young children using the Internet - specialized browsers which only go to kid friendly selected sites.

Media Awareness Network -  A Canadian site with some excellent resources including online flash based games for 8 - 12 year olds which address online privacy and the dangers of chat rooms.  This site takes a holistic approach to Internet education.

Net Safe of New Zealand -   Download “Hector Protector,” a dolphin button in a corner of the computer screen. If a child is upset about something on the screen, clicking Hector brings up a screen of an underwater scene, and a reassuring message to get adult help.

Blog Safety  A site discussing how parents and teens can use MySpace and other online blog sites in a safe manner.

IM Slang and Slan Quiz   Learn what Instant Messaging slang such as “PAW” means.  Quiz to test knowledge.

Kid Friendly starting points  

Internet Law, Ethics and Safety Links for a course - jammed packed with resources.  Great links for educators and parents.  It includes not only Internet safety, but copyright, plagiarism, viruses, and spyware links.

Books on MySpace
MySpace Unraveled: A Parents Guide to Social Networking
by Larry Magid and Anne Collier   2007   ISBN: 0-321-48018-X

Other sites to check out include:

Andy Mann - Educational Technology Consultant

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