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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
1.2 MB Informative brochure about staying safe online File Safe Surfing for Teens
88.3 kB A reproducible handout with information for parents on the dangerous practice of sexting. File Sexting: How Parents Can Keep Their Kids Safe
90.5 kB A reproducible handout with information for teens on the dangerous practice of sexting. File Sexting: How Teens Can Stay Safe
88.9 kB A reproducible brochure from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit File Shopping Online - Be Wary of Holiday Crime
77.0 kB A one-page PDF with tips about protecting yourself while shopping online File Shopping Safely Online
590.0 kB This presentation informs communities of the emerging trend of social networking and provides safety tips to help children and youth socialize safely online. File Smart and Safe in Cyberspace: Social Networking 101
1.0 MB Lead Scruff to McGruff.org without encountering any dangerous messages. File Surfing Safely Maze
672.4 kB A colorful McGruff poster for kids about internet safety File Take a Bite Out of Crime Online Poster
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