Annotated Links: Internet Child Safety

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There are a number of important laws that govern children's access to the Internet. A general familiarity with the law is always a good idea. More important than general awareness is to know where to go for specific information. If your administrator or a parent wants the 'letter of the law', you can refer them to these websites.

As part of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), many states have laws in place for filtering internet content in public schools and libraries. Explore the map below to learn more about the CIPA laws in your state.
SMVLC is an organization that is focusing on the damaging effects social media can have on lives, including cyberbullying--part of the reason why social media use is linked to lower self-esteem and depression. Information on cyberbullying in the article includes an introduction to the psychological effects of cyberbullying, tips for teens who fall victim to cyberbullying and ways for parents to talk to their teens about cyberbullying.
WikiHow's Guide features a concise glossary of terms and guidance on general digital safety with links to external resources for the following topics: cyberbullying (how to recognize and mitigate it), online predators, grooming and private message etiquette, online privacy, content exposure and boundaries, monitoring Internet exposure and filtering media, managing screen time and fostering healthy relationships.
Information provided includes: positive and negative impacts on mental health, warning signs, how to manage social media and mental health.
Children spend increasing amounts of time online where a growing number of contents/materials are available. This article describes many of the more popular ones.
Topics in this article include How technology use has changed, An insight into screen reliance in the UK, The impact of COVID-19, Responsible digital behaviours, How does your time online make you feel? Healthy habits to embrace, Understanding screen addictions, What to do about it, When to tackle digital use problems
An introduction to cyberbullying, gateway behaviors, harmful effects, intervention strategies for social workers.
Know what your teen is doing online: most popular apps with teens, online risks for teens and how to prevent them, further reading and resources.
An online guide for parents of kids of any age. These topics are addressed: What Is Internet Safety? – Having “The Talk” – Essential Basics – Ground Rules – Popular Platforms – Online Gaming – Cyberbullying – Check Your Tech
Infographic approach to the risks of using public wifi, types of data at risk, what happens to your data, common mistakes using public wifi, tips for staying safe and protecting data, about VPNs.
Includes the following key topics: Warning signs of fraud, identify theft, prevention measures, effects of identify theft on mental health.
A Website with information for parents about keeping children safe online. Topics include difficult ones that need to be addressed: Cyberbullying, Inappropriate content, Online pornography, Online reputation, Online grooming, Privacy & identity theft, Sexting, Self-harm, Radicalisation.
An Overview for Students, Parents, and Teachers, this guide focuses on college, online harassment and bullying. How to spot cyberbullying, handle it and overcome it.
A guide to internet safety for non-techy parents who are concerned about how to keep their kids safe when online.
This is a free guide that can be used by parents, guardians and anyone with children or teens.
This Web page demystifies the topic of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs): what they are, their benefits and risks, why to use them, and more. The authors include recommendations for selecting an optimal VPN for your personal needs.
Basic internet safety tips provided by an Australian insurance group. Topics cover Cyberbullying, Trolling, Social Networking, Passwords and more, including tips for parents 'what to do.'
Another Australian Internet safety page that talks about Passwords, Social Media, Internet Scams, Viruses and more.
This Internet safety page provides succinct information about Passwords, Photos, Online Friends, Downloading, Bullying and more.
Safety Tips for Kids on the Internet is found on an FBI supported Web site and provides specific information on how to protect one's self on the Internet and one's parents.
Site search results for Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act seeks to protect children under 13 from potentially harmful marketing and data-collection practices. The law requires that online services obtain verifiable parent consent before gathering any information about children.
Helpful tips for parents to keep children safe online.
Helpful tips for parents to keep children safe online.
Helpful tips for parents about Facebook and optimizing Facebook for children's use.
Rethink is an online tool to alert young people to harmful or cyberbullying messages BEFORE they send them. Developed by a young person from Naperville, IL.
A number of sections for staying safe online, mainly for business: inventorying data, physical locks, network safety, passwords, firewalls, detecting breaches and more.
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