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Internet Safety

Information and resources for staying safe online

Almost all children today have access to the Internet through schools, libraries, community centers, or their home. And most 8 to 18-year-olds, 74 percent, have Internet access from their home computers according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Not only do more children have access to the Internet than ever before, but they are using it more, too. Many schools incorporate the Internet into their curricula and encourage online research for projects. But that’s not all kids are doing online. They also email, chat with friends through instant messenger and in chat rooms, play games, create websites and web blogs, and just surf the ‘net.

Even as kids grow savvier in their use of the Internet, it can still be a dangerous place. The good news is that most dangers can be avoided if children and their parents learn about smart Internet use.

Information about Internet Safety

Mind What You Do Online
General Internet safety guides for adults and kids.

Cybercrimes Prevention Tips
A bulletin that explores the various types of cybercrimes along with prevention strategies that can limit the chances of victimization.

Tips for Parents
Social Networking Safety

Tips for Parents
A list of tips that parents should follow to keep kids safe online

Parents' Guide to Social Networking Websites
Advice for parents on protecting kids from threats on social networks

Cybersafe Girls
Advice for parents on keeping girls safe online

Advice for Kids on McGruff.org
See McGruff's advice for kids on staying safe online

Activities and Lesson Plans for Grades 4-5
These activities were created by teachers and reviewed by teachers, principals, law enforcement officers, and community members to ensure their quality and effectiveness.

Evolving With Technology
A comprehensive introduction to cybercrime with links to resources on the web

Products and Publications on Internet Safety

McGruff Safeguard
Web monitoring software that alerts parents to potentially dangerous online content

Preventing Fraud, Abuse, and Other Crime on the Internet
This report explains why the Internet is so attractive to criminals and con artists and how to protect yourself

Downloadable Resources on Internet Safety

Size Description Title
433.7 kB A 60 second audio public service announcement about internet safety in swf format File "All Pink" Public Service Announcement
864.1 kB A 60 second audio public service announcement about internet safety in swf format File "Arcade" Public Service Announcement
836.4 kB A 60 second audio public service announcement about internet safety in swf format File "Internet Safety Song" Public Service Announcement
463.6 kB A 30 second audio public service announcement about internet safety in swf format File "Meetup" Public Service Announcement
850.4 kB A 60 second audio public service announcement about internet safety in swf format File "Neat Stuff" Public Service Announcement
1.3 MB Informative brochure for families about using the internet safely File A Family Guide to Using the Internet
1.1 MB A reproducible brochure for parents on keeping kids safe online File Cybersafety for Kids Online: A Parents' Guide
75.2 kB A list of tips about how to avoid stalkers online File How To Avoid Being Stalked in Cyberspace (and What To Do If You Are)
1.1 MB McGruff and Scruff discuss internet safety in this color poster for kids File Internet Safety Poster
46.2 kB A list of tips for kids about how to stay safe online and have fun File Kids: Be a Good Cyber Citizen!
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