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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
22.3 kB Keep this pledge for kids by your computer so you'll always remember how to stay cyber-safe. File McGruff's Internet Safety Pledge
1.5 MB A short NewsUSA article for parents about keeping kids safe online File Newspaper Mat: Tips for Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet
1.5 MB A reproducible brochure about how online auction fraud occurs and how to prevent it File Online Auction Fraud
98.1 kB A reproducible handout for kids about online safety from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit. File Online Safety Tips for Kids
91.0 kB A reproducible handout for parents about online safety from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit. File Online Safety Tips for Parents
91.2 kB A reproducible handout for teens about online safety from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit. File Online Safety Tips for Teens
99.5 kB Information for parents on keeping kids safe online from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit. File Parents Must Keep Their Children Safe on the Internet
42.7 kB A one-page PDF about how to protect yourself from prescription drug scams File Protecting Yourself From Counterfeit Drugs
79.0 kB This one-page PDF tells you who to contact to report various criminal activities encountered online File Reporting Crime Online
95.0 kB A reproducible handout from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit about social networking safely online. File Safe Social Networking
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