Keeping Safe in Cyberspace
Internet has changed the way students learn and communicate.
With the click of a mouse they can instantly message one another,
together on projects, download all kinds of multimedia files,
and post to blogs, Websites, and RSS feeds. Access to people and
enhances instruction, but what happens when the "dark side
of the Internet" sneaks around the corner and into the classroom
or home? You have seen the stories on television about chat rooms,
read about incidents in the newspaper where kids have been lured
to meet strangers, and read the research in magazines about social
networking and cyber bullying (See the articles from Multimedia
and Internet @Schools magazine, Social Networking: A New Tech
Tool and a New Security Concern for Teens and Schools May/June
2006 and Social Networking, Part 2: A Toolkit for Teachers July/August
2006). Keeping kids safe must be an ongoing effort through awareness,
education and supervision. Consider implementing an Internet
Safety program in your school or community.
The top three
safety solutions in 'Keeping Kids Safe in the World of Technology'
are Education, Supervision, and Software." (Uhrenholt, Linda.
(1998). Keeping Kids Safe!)
Many sites appear
to be good on the surface until you hit a link that goes somewhere
you don't want your students to visit. Organizations like the Internet
Content Rating Association and SafeSurf have developed rating systems
as a means to keep the Internet safe for kids and parents. However,
very few sites are using these rating systems.
Content Rating Association
ICRA, a non-profit
organization, allows content providers to add a free rating label
to their Website by filling out a questionnaire based on the Platform
for Internet Content Selection (PICS). For an additional fee, the
site is checked and added to a database as an ICRA trusted site.
Parents can use the free ICRAplus (Windows only) with other filtering
software to screen sites based on this rating system.
the Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS) that allows
parents to set passwords and levels for their children. The SafeSurf
Rating Standard gives content providers the ability to rate their
Website and place Metadata into their pages. PICS compliant software
then reads these settings to filter content.
U.S. Map of Filtering Laws
Find information that includes a state-by-state interactive map of the US internet filtering laws, that will allow parents to easily view if their child is protected on publicly funded schools and libraries in their state. They also include advice for how one can further protect their child once they are at home such as enabling their ISP parental control features, and blocking websites and keywords:
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Bullying in the U.S. - Rates, Tips and Resources
The page has some great information on Bullying in the U.S with links to other resources. It is also easy for students to read and comprehand.
Bullying Resources for Educators and Parents
Bullying is formally defined as unwanted aggressive behavior by another youth or group of youths (not siblings or dating partners), involving a perceived or observed balance of power. These behaviors are continuous and can inflict harm on communities, individuals, families and schools. Up to 90 percent of students report they have experienced bullyingExternal link:open_in_new by the time they reach eighth grade. Our comprehensive list of resources should serve as a guide for educators and parents to help put a stop to bullying in our schools and communities.cators and parents to help put a stop to bullying in our schools and communities.
Bullying Prevention Guide
a. Empower those who are bullied through education and information to protect themselves
b. Help implement anti-bullying initiatives at any school/organization/workplace
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected via the internet, new social and security issues are emerging. One such issue is the rise of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying can take many shapes and forms. This guide takes a dive into what cyberbullying is and how social workers are training to deal with the new field of digital health.
The Effects of Bullying on youth
Bullying online can often fly under the radar of adults. We created this guide to educate people on ways to help identify, and more importantly, prevent, bullying that may be occurring. Topics covered include:
- Facts about cyberbullying and bullying statistics
- Emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical effects and signs of cyberbullying to look for
- How to be proactive about cyberbullying and preventative tips
- Mental health resources for cyberbullying victims
You can explore the guide for yourself here
Kid's Health Cyberbullying Guide
In this guide for parents, advice is offered on how to see the signs of cyberbullying and suggestions are provided on how to intervene, Other topics covered include teaching kids how to be smart about social media and Internet safety.
Preventing Bullying in Schools: Teacher Guide
It is a sad fact that at some point most, if not all, teachers will have to manage instances of bullying in their classrooms. The statistics show students routinely experience bullying, but the question for teachers is how to best handle bullying in order to create a safe learning environment for all students.
Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.Include is infor,tion for parents and schools. This is a publication of the U.S. Government.
What Should You Do if Your Child Is a Bully?
Bullying is not normal, natural or necessary,” said Barbara ColorosoExternal link:, speaker and author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander. “You have to learn to be mean to someone else.”
like the Federal Trade Commission, the FBI, and National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children have created Web sites for kids
and their parents. These sites include safety tips for kids about
what information they should not provide to strangers and suggestions
for parents when talking with their child.
Have you seen the Common Sense Media television ads with the catchy jingle "Pause and Think Online"? It is certainly worth a look. Their motto is "We rate, educate, and advocate for kids, families, and schools." Among the many offerings, the one thing that caught our eye was the Digital Citizenship C urriculum. It is available free for the Mac and iPad as iBook texts that are extremely captivating and interactive. Don't have an Apple device? Then download the printable version and view the videos on the web. From Cyberbullying to responsible behavior using social media, this site is perfect for technology teachers.
What is Child IddentityTheftt?
Criminals are very clever and continually devising new ways to steal from you. One very disturbing method is child identity theft. Identity thieves use it to open up bank accounts and apply for lines of credit. By the time your child reaches adulthood, and they apply for student loans, they find out their credit is ruined, and they can’t get financing, all because of identity theft.
Apps Parents Should Be On the Lookout For
As our children find new apps and social media platforms, our job to keep them safe becomes even harder.
To help us on this journey, we have compiled apps parents should be aware of that should be on our radar.
- Amy WiIlliams is a free-lance journalist based in Southern California and mother of two. As a parent, she enjoys spreading the word on positive parenting techniques in the digital age and raising awareness on issues like cyberbullying and online safety.
Child Internet Safety
It should come as a surprise to no one that the Internet can be a dangerous place. Sure, the Internet allows you to access information at your leisure and connect with people in faraway places easily; however, you never know who may try to access you for harm. These dangers are magnified when children utilize the Internet, as they often are not aware of warning signs of danger. Children can easily stumble upon fake news, pornographic content, scams, and seedy individuals, even when their voyage into the cyber world began with an innocent search. Nowadays, the Internet is easily accessible to people of all ages, especially as smartphones and tablets continue to increase in popularity.
has recently published two resources that can help your community with protecting themselves from Cyber security threats.
- Phishing Attack Protection Guide - Phishing is a technique widely used by cyber threat actors to lure potential victims into unknowingly taking harmful actions. This popular attack vector is undoubtedly the most common form of social engineering—the art of manipulating people to give up confidential information— because phishing is simple and effective. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks every day, and they’re often successful. We have developed information that helps people not fall for these tricks. This guide can be found here - https://cybersecurityguide.org/resources/phishing/
Cyber Security: How Students can protect their data
As more information technologies are developed, students are turning to the Internet for their studies more often than ever. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online courses and e-learning have become even more commonplace. However, these factors have encouraged cybercriminals to double their efforts at extorting personal information. These days, teachers, students, and even parents are facing increased danger.
curriculum designed for teachers and parents is presented in an
easy to use format. Lessons and activities are designated by topic
and grade level. Content covers appropriate use of the Internet,
property rights, ethics, and Website evaluation. A professional
development component provides educators with the opportunity to
participate in the Pathways to Literacy course ($349) and interact
with nationally known experts on the subject. CyberSmart also has
a computer desktop toolbar in the works that will provide continuous
access to research tools. This site is a great starting point for
teachers who want to construct a unit on Internet Safety.
Parents Guide to Internet Safety
The Parents Guide
to Internet Safety is a handbook published by the FBI. Included
in the publication are signs to look for that might indicate a
child is at risk on the Internet and what to do to minimize this
a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations
and public interest organizations to help ensure that families
have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online
experiences. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be
just "one click away" from the resources they need to
make informed decisions about their family's use of the Internet.
GetNetWise is a project of the Internet Education Foundation. Features
include a standard safety guide, parental tools, Websites for kids,
and contact information for state police, national advocacy groups,
and federal law enforcement authorities.
These three guides are quite comprehensive with lots of information and suggestions for a safe experience aonline.
Watch the movie,
Faux Paw the Techno Cat and take a byte out of Internet crime.
View 5 tips in 5 Minutes - Protecting Your Kids Online with suggestions
from educators, parents, kids and law enforcement. Learn about
the Techno Cat program for schools or click on the D.A.R.E. button
for Internet Safety activities. Symantec also provides a tutorial
that illustrates how to check browser history and temporary files,
how to avoid spyware, and measures to take for computer security.
The Federal Trade
Commission created a Website for parents and kids to disseminate
information about government policies, privacy issues, and Internet
Safety. Although the site has not been revised since 2003, there
are many articles that remain current. They can be downloaded for
viewing or printing.
an educational resource for children, parents and teachers on how
to stay safer on the Internet. The NetSmartz Workshop features
age-appropriate, interactive games and activities that utilize
the latest web technologies to entertain while they educate. View
vignettes about real life experiences such as Cyberbullying, meeting
strangers, and peer-to-peer harassment. Watch clips hosted by Clicky,
Netty, and Webster who explain the dos and don’ts of the
Internet. Then, play games that reinforce the lessons. Netsmartz
is also rich with resources and links to other information that
supports a safe journey on the Internet.
ID Theft Faceoff,
Phishing Scams - Avoid the Bait, and Spam, Scam, Slam – Don’t
Be Fooled are examples of interactive modules that inform the user
about current Internet issues. Lots of practical tips will help
you guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect
your personal information.
Visit Larry Magid's
home page for articles about child safety on the Internet. Magid
is a syndicated journalist and author of Child Safety on the Information
Highway and Teen Safety on the Information Highway. Both are available
on the Website and from the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children. Other articles include Chat Room Safety, Cell Phone Safety,
and Blog Safety.
is a non-profit organization.On this website you will find a huge
amount of original materials and resources aimed at helping you
enjoy cyberspace safely
Tik Tok: What Parents Need to Know
With Tik Tok's popularity on the rise among teens, we wanted to give parents a resource to understand the app and how they can protect their children. Our in-depth resource provides parents and guardians with information on what Tik Tok is, how kids can be kept safe while using the app and how parents can monitor and track what their kids are doing on the app.
Ultimate Guide to Internet Safety
The internet has undoubtedly unlocked a whole new world for us. It's now possible to shop for goods in global marketplaces, talk to people from othe parts of the world, stream videos wherever you are, and share your thoughts and rfeelings with whoever is willing to listen However, while the internet has so many good things to offer, as with anything, there is a dark side as well. Recognizing there are threats, and that they are serious, is the first step but then it's equally as important that you put ourself in a position in which you're not overly exposed to the threats you can't control and not exposed to the ones you can.To help you do this, we've put together this ultimate internet safety guide. Includes all the information about the latest threats lurking out there on the internet, and it also details some simple but effective strategies that you can implement to keep you, and any children under your care, safe while on the web.
Ultimate Guide for Parents, Educators, and Communities
The Internet is the fastest communication platform. Kids, parents, teachers, and professionals use this facility for education, learning, and exploring the world around them. However, these benefits are associated with risks that compromise the safety of kids and teenagers. One of the most significant impacts of internet safety is cyberbullying, spreading widely through the internet and social media. Children can suffer from low self-esteem, social isolation, academic difficulties, and mental health issues.
Outdoor time for kids is an essential part of their development. Unfortunately, the average amount of unstructured outdoor playtime for most children has been four to seven minutes per day, pre-pandemic. Coronavirus lockdowns have made matters worse, forcing even the most active kids to stay indoors.
As a parent, guardian or childcare provider, you may have noticed that the abrupt change to children’s daily habits has made it challenging to curb device overload. In most cases, the best way to conquer hyper-reliance on screens and beat the indoor blues is by putting devices away and getting back outside.
It’s the perfect time to encourage kids to explore the outdoors. The weather is warming up, and COVID-19 restrictions are lifting. However, some kids (and adults) may be struggling with whether it’s safe to play outside again. There are plenty of reasons families need to step out of their comfort zones to reconnect with sunshine, sand, soil, and friends. With a bit of planning, the benefits for your child’s overall well-being and development far outweigh the drawbacks.