Internet Resources for Young Children

 


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Interactive Online Internet Safety Activities
Disney Surfs Well – Internet Safety
- Travel with Mickey and friends to gather jewels and learn about sharing personal information online, viruses, and online etiquette.  http://disney.go.com/surfswell/

iKeep Safe - Faux Paw online video follows the adventures of a cat in cyberspace.  Includes safety tips which may be printed.  Excellent collection of parent videos.  www.ikeepsafe.org

Media Awareness Network - 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.
www.media-awareness.ca

Netsmartz Kids - A colorful collection of Internet safety games and activities to engage elementary children.  www.netsmartzkids.org

 

Kid Friendly Directories
ALA Great Web Site for Kids - American Library Association's hand selected sites for kids   www.ala.org/greatsites

Ask for Kids - Jeeves has retired and the updated site is better than ever.  Nicely organized with News Resources, Fun and Games, and References.  www.askforkids.com

Dib Dab Doo - A non-commercial directory of web sites designed for child-safe searching.  www.dibdabdoo.com

Fact Monster - from Information Please - reference site with kid focused facts and information.  www.factmonster.com

Google School Time Search Site - Safe starting point for kids and teens exploring the Internet.  Includes links to the most popular kid websites listed in order of popularity.  www.google.com/Top/Kids_and_Teens/School_Time/  

KidsClick! - Web directory and search tool for kids by librarians  www.kidsclick.org

Yahoo for Kids - includes a kid safe search engine but has an abundance of ads and a busy screen.   http://kids.yahoo.com

 

Multiple Search Sites for Kids
Kid's Search Page - A New York state library's collection of kid friendly search tools all on one page.  www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm

TekMom's Search Tools for Students  - a one stop search page for student research.  www.tekmom.com/search/

 

Other
Google Preferences - Set Safe Search Filtering preferences to strict filtering.  This setting records a preference to your computer for both text and image searches.  It will be in effect until you make a change.  www.google.com/preferences

FirstGov for Kids - Links to the federal government's kids' sites along with sites from other organizations, grouped by subject.  www.kids.gov

Michigan Electronic Library MiKids! - starting point for kids finding information about Michigan  www.michigan.gov/mikids

Protect Mi Child Registry - www.protectmichild.com 
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.

 

Internet Filters and Tools - Free
Hector Protector
-  If a child is upset about something on the screen, they click the dolphin and an an underwater scene comes up covering the screen with a reassuring message to get adult help.  From Net Safe of New Zealand  www.netsafe.org.nz

K9 Web Protection - The free Internet safety filter which works with Internet Explorer or FireFox.  Can be configured to monitor sites visited or bark with a blocked site is visited.  www.k9webprotection.com

We-Blocker Safe Families Software - Free Internet filtering software from the Christian Safe Families site.  www.safefamilies.org/download.php

The Parental ControlBar - http://parentalcontrolbar.org

 

Internet Filters and Tools - from Your Internet Service Provider

SBC/Yahoo Parental Controls - http://help.yahoo.com/sbc/tutorials/ypc/start_pc1.html
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 - www.charter.com/Visitors/NonProducts.aspx?NonProductItem=65
A useful suite of security applications - available for no charge as part of Charter’s High Speed Internet package.

AOL Parent Controls - http://daol.aol.com/safetycenter/parentalcontrols
One of the first and most comprehensive parent controls – however Internet access through AOL is required.

 

Alternative Browsers
Kidrocket - Browser which only allows access to preselected sites.  www.kidrocket.org

Tuki - More features and controls such as customized user accounts.  Many options are only available if you purchase the premium version.  www.noahsnet.com/noahfree.htm  
 

Andy Mann - Educational Technology Consultant
amann@techforschools.com

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