Educating students, parents, teachers and all of the education community on the safety issues surrounding the use of technology, especially the Internet is very important. A list of good resources for online safety can be found at the links below.
- Illinois Library Association (ILA) – http://tinyurl.com/internet-safety-ila Sponsored by the Illinois Library Association. The NetSafe section has links to articles, events, and sites on Internet safety.
- Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) – http://tinyurl.com/internet-safety-YALSA-adults and http://tinyurl.com/internet-safety-YALSA-teens A division of the American Library Association. In the Professional Development section, there are links to helping adults and teens use social networking sites safely.
- Common Sense – http://www.commonsense.com This is part of commonsensemedia.org, a national organization of concerned parents and individuals experienced in child advocacy, public policy, education, media, and entertainment. Explains all aspects of social networking in simple, easy to understand terms. Uses video segments, so Flash Player is needed for viewing.
- ConnectSafely – http://www.ConnectSafely.org This is a project of Tech Parenting Group, a non-profit organization based in Palo Alto, Calif., and Salt Lake City, Utah. This site features an interactive blog forum for parents, teens, and educators to learn about blog safety and social networking. All aspects of online safety are featured, including cell phone safety. Articles featured include timely news stories and articles written by guest authorities. There is also an option for Spanish Language.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – http://www.fbi.gov/fbikids.htm A simple list of Internet safety rules can be found on the Kids’ Page under safety tips.
- GetNetWise – http://www.getnetwise.org This is a project of the Internet Education Foundation, a public service of several Internet industry corporations and organizations, including the American Library Association. The online safety for children section offers age-level categories. In addition, there are sections on privacy, and protecting your computer. Safety on social networking sites is also included.
- I Keep Safe – http://www.ikeepsafe.org Sponsored by the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, comprised of governors and/or first spouses in partnership with crime prevention organizations, law enforcement agencies, foundations, and corporate sponsors . This site is the home of the animated mascot, Faux Paw, the Techno Cat, who gives guidelines to teach children Internet safety. Includes educational games, worksheets, and tests for educators and parents.
- i-SAFE – http://xblock.isafe.org/ A non-profit foundation founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress. With a focus of Internet safety education, this site provides classroom curricula for gr. K-12. Through education, youth of all ages can have safe online experiences.
- National Cyber Security Alliance – http://www.staysafeonline.org Partners are the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Trade Commission, and private corporations. This site provides free and non-technical cyber security and safety resources so consumers, small businesses, and educators can avoid cyber crime. Includes the top eight cyber and security practices, cyber security basics, the latest news on cyber security issues, and a quiz to see how much you know about safety online.
- NetSmartz – http://www.netsmartz.org A cooperative venture with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This site includes sections for all ages.The NetSmartzKids andNSTeens interactive pages can both be accessed. There are sections for parents and guardians, educators, law enforcement, teens, and kids. Included are a safety pledge, safety cards, and tips for blogging safely.There is also an option for Spanish Language.
- OnGuardOnline – http://www.onguardonline.gov The Federal Trade Commission maintains the site, with contributions from several government agencies and technology-affiliated corporations and organizations. The Internet Education Foundation and Microsoft Corp. created some of the tutorials featured. This site provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help “guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.”
- Point Smart.Click Safe – http://www.pointsmartclicksafe.org A cooperative effort of the cable industry, American Association of School Librarians, Common Sense Media, Internet Keep Safe Coalition, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, National PTA, Public Library Association, and the State Educational Technology Directors Organization. This site exists to educate parents about online safety and appropriate use of the Internet by children. There is information about control, education, and choice in an easy to understand and use presentation. There are short videos to aide in discussing issues with children and teenagers. Flash player is needed to view site. There is also an option for Spanish Language.
- Safe Kids / Safe Teens – http://www.safekids.com and http://www.safeteens.com Sites are run by Larry Magid, technology journalist. These sites have individual addresses but are companion sites. Each can be accessed through the other. The information, which is mainly text, is geared toward adults and not interactive. Both sites offer a filtered web search through Google and tips for safe social networking. Included are family contracts for children and parents and links to current articles on Internet safety. A link to a “sister site,” ConnectSafely, is also there.
- Stop Cyberbullying – http://www.stopcyberbullying.org This is a program by Parry Aftab, cyber lawyer, and the Wired Safety Group. The introduction to this site features a PowerPoint presentation describing cyberbullying. The site is organized for students, parents, teachers, and law enforcement agencies. Included are a quiz for students about cyberbullying; detailed, understandable descriptions of the what, how, and why of cyberbullying; and prevention strategies and action tips geared toward each specific interest group.
- Wired Safety – http://www.wiredsafety.org Founded in 1995 by cyber lawyer Parry Aftab. This in-depth site is loaded with help, information, and education for Internet and mobile device users of all ages and levels of experience. Their focus is on assistance for victims of cyber crime; advice and training for preventing and spotting cyber crime; education for all ages, including law enforcement officers; and awareness of online privacy and security. One helpful feature, “New to the Net? Internet 101,” will help parents/caregivers get a better understanding of the Internet.
Disclaimer: All links listed above were carefully selected and reviewed for educational content prior to posting. The Middle Township School District has no control over remote sites and sources; therefore, the district is not responsible for content or availability.