Internet Safety

Internet Safety

For many students, the Internet is an important part of their daily lives. Although it can be a useful tool to support learning, it can also be a source of temptation and potential trouble. Students need to be taught the rules about being serious and smart in cyberspace while still allowing them to have fun.

Three questions teens should ask themselves when deciding whether or not something should be posted on a site are:

    1.  Could I share this with my parents or a teacher?
    2.  Would I want a college recruiter or job interviewer to see this?
    3.  Could this allow someone to find me and put me in danger?

Listed below are several Internet safety resources for students and parents:

Be Net Savvy
This is a comprehensive Internet safety website that provides up-to-date information about online trends and behavior and offers practical cyber safety tools for use in the home and school. Their goal is to help parents and educators guide children towards the safe and savvy use of social technology.

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
The Center provides research and outreach services to address issues of the safe and responsible use of the Internet. They provide guidance to parents, educators, librarians, policy-makers, and others regarding effective strategies to assist young people in gaining the knowledge, skills, motivation, and self-control to use the Internet and other information technologies in a safe and responsible manner.

NetSmartz
The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children ages 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement. It uses age-appropriate activities such as videos, cartoons and real life stories to teach children and parents how to stay safe on the Internet.

Protect Kids.com
This is an Internet safety site to protect children in cyberspace. MOUSECLICK, made in the image of a computer mouse, is your friendly guide to help you navigate this website to find out about safe surfing and understanding the dark side of the Internet. MOUSECLICK can also be used as a tool by parents to guide their children throughout the maze to safety information, resources, big cheese sites and the other areas parents deem appropriate in their efforts to educate children about the importance of online safety.

Web Safety 4 Kids
Internet safety for children, parents, teachers, and community.

Web Wise Kids
This website is about empowering today’s youth to make wise choices online. Through state-of-the-art Internet Safety computer games (based on real-life scenarios) as well as Internet Safety tips for kids, teens and parents, Web Wise Kids creates a safer, friendlier internet experience.

Wired Kids
The ultimate online safety project for kids, tweens, and teens.

Wired Safety
This website is known as the world’s largest Internet safety, help and education resource.