Cybersafety is at the top of most people's worry list with regards to kids being online. Resources on this page relate to many issues that fall within this area, including cyberbullying, sexting, cyber stalking, and so on. You will find links to articles, books, reports, Powerpoint presentations and other resources that should prove helpful.
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Organizations, resource sites
- Master lists of internet safety organizations:
- bNetS@vvy. From their website: "Our ultimate goal is to be a trusted one-stop shop for information,
tools and links to high-quality resources that can help young teens stay
- Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use. Nancy
Willard's rich web site with resources addressing nearly every aspect
of cybersafety and responsibility. Materials target students, teachers,
parents and administrators. Of particular note:
From the website: "Children Online, a comprehensive consulting company, provides up-to-date
information about the use and impact of technology on child and adolescent development.
- Commonsense Media. This site cross references with this wiki's media literacy resources. From their website: "We started this organization because we
know families need trustworthy information to help manage their kids'
media lives. We're posting our beliefs here so that all our users can
know the underlying principles that guide our philosophy and mission."
Managed by Anne Collier and Larry Magrid. From the website: "Smart Socializing Starts Here...ConnectSafely is for parents, teens, educators, advocates - everyone
engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web..this is the central space –
linked to from social networks across the Web - for learning about
safe, civil use of Web 2.0 together. Our forum is also designed
to give teens and parents a voice in the public discussion about youth
online safety begun back in the '90s." A few of the many resources it provides:
- Cyberbullying Research Center. From their website:
"The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date
information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of
cyberbullying among adolescents. Cyberbullying can be defined as
"willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell
phones, and other electronic devices."
News Website. From their website: "Dr. Walker’s passion is to help
today’s teens take full advantage of emerging technologies in a safe,
responsible and respectful manner. She encourages adult stakeholders,
including researchers, educators and parents, to seek solutions which do not merely “shut down” access to teens, but which focus more on training in socially mature uses of the technologies."
- Cyberbullying/Technology Safety Lesson Plans. From the materials: "The following is a summary of available and comprehensive curriculumn or lesson plans for helping children with knowledge, skills, and attitudes about cyberbullying and technology safety. Resources were chosen if they included a set of coherent and comprehensive curriculumn. Additional resources that can be used to develop your own customized lesson plans can be found at http://www.guardingkids.com/ under Resources and Links. If I missed one, please contact me
- Digizen.org. From the website: "The internet is a social space for people to communicate, collaborate, and create. Like all social spaces, the internet comes with risks as well as opportunities.Digizen approaches these head on – taking a balanced view of the dangers, helping children, young people and adults to recognise prevent and respond effectively to challenges. Fundamentally, this means that simply blocking certain sites or outlawing particular behaviours are not in themselves guarantees of safety. Online communities have to take responsibility in negotiating acceptable behaviour and ensuring that everybody’s experience is a positive one. You can find out more in the sections on Young People and Social Networking Services and Cyberbullying.
- GuardingKids.com. From the website: "This web site supports Dr. Russell Sabella's work on educating children, parents, educators and other stake holders about the responsible use of technology. Included in these pages you will find helpful resources, lesson plans, links, and more. Russ's most recent book and workshops are primary resources for meeting this mission."
- Hector's World. From the website: "Hector’s World® is a free online learning resource for children 2-9 years of age. Hector and his friends live in the magical world of Silicon Deep where their whole community is learning about the digital world. Children can be entertained and have fun as they learn about serious and complex topics like online privacy and safety." Direct link to educator's resources: http://hectorsworld.netsafe.org.nz/teachers/.
- ISafe. From their website: "i-SAFE incorporates
classroom curriculum with dynamic community outreach to
teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to
the Internet a safer place."
- Net Family News-
Kid-Tech News for Parents. Anne
Collier's rich resource about contemporary issues related to cyber
safety, responsiblity, new technology and current events in the field. Just a few of her resources:
- Safekids. From their website: SafeKids.com is one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety. It’s creator, Larry Magid, is the author of the original 1994 brochure, “Child Safety on the Information Highway” and is also a technology journalist. You can write to Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org."
- Stay Safe Online,
a web resource provided by the
National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). From their website: NCSA’s mission is to empower and support
digital citizens to use the Internet securely and safely, protecting themselves and the
From the website: "...Get
the 411 on texting and relationships, including healthy vs. unhealthy
relationships, how to deal with harassment, and how to cope with stress.
Through a variety of games and activities you can test your texting
knowledge, find out how to use this great technology safely, and learn
what to do when someone crosses the line."
- That's Not Cool. From their website: "Your mobile, IM and online accounts are all a aprt of you. When someone you’re dating is controlling, disrespecting or pressuring you in those spaces, that’s not cool.” The website offers resources for dealing with these situations.
- WiredSafety. From the website: "WiredSafety, Is A 501(c)(3) Program and the largest online safety,
and help group in the world. We are a cyber-neighborhood watch
worldwide in cyberspace through our more than 9,000 volunteers
(WiredSafety is run entirely by volunteers.)...Together with our affiliate, www.wiredcops.org,
specially-trained volunteers patrol the Internet looking for
child molesters and cyberstalkers...Other
find and review family-friendly Web sites, filter software
Internet services. Along with the volunteers of our affiliated
our WiredTeens and Teenangels, CyberMoms and CyberDads
at local community groups and schools around the country
Online risk prevention services
- Trevor Project and Trevor Space. From the website: "The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on
crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Project operates the only
accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide
prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. If you or a
friend are feeling lost or alone, call The Trevor
Helpline. There is hope, there is help."
- Foster Club. From the website: "FosterClub is the national network for young people in foster care. Every two minutes, a child’s life changes as they enter the foster
care system. Currently, there are over 513,000 young people in foster
care in across America. FosterClub is their club — a place to turn for
advice, information, and hope. FosterClub helps open the way for these young people to transform
their lives and provides a forum to raise their voice. Our members
engage with peers and regain control over their situation through
support, skill building, and healing opportunities. FosterClub’s young
leaders achieve impressive levels of success as they demonstrate
remarkable resilience. Here they have real life opportunities to become
true heroes as they reach back to improve the foster care system for
their younger peers."
- National Suicide Lifeline. From the website: "The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a
24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to
anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing
1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our
national network of more than 140 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s
national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and
mental health referrals day and night.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is administered by
Link2Health Solutions, inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mental
Health Association of New York City. Lifeline’s grant is funded by the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)."
- To Write Love on Her arms. From the website: "To
Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting
hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction,
self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire
and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery."
Books, video material
- Bullying Beyond the School Yard, by Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin (Corwin 2009). Won 2009 Book of the Year from ForeWord Magazine. From Education News announcement: "Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard
helps educators, parents, and others who work with young people
understand what cyberbullying is, how to protect children, and what to
do when cyberbullying occurs. Hinduja and Patchin, experts in
cyberbullying and the online behaviors of adolescents, base their
strategies and recommendations on five years of research and on data
collected from thousands of students. The book won gold in the education
"This book focuses on three critical issues for schools: Creating Change in Technology Adoption. Effective Interne
t Use Management. Web 2.0 in Schools Legal Issues. Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World also contains extensive templates for District Internet Use Policies, Regulations, and a Student Agreement that incorporate the provisions necessary to address the challenges of managing Web 2.0 interactive technologies in schools and to allow the educational and professional use of these technologies to flourish...Cyber-Secure Schools is available on the CSIRIU site at:
. Individuals may purchase an “Individual
Use” copy. District may purchase a “District Use” copy that grants
permission to reproduce the book for staff and modify/use the policies,
regulations, and agreement."
- Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats - Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Aggression, Threats, and Distress, by Nancy Willard. From the website: "Responding to the Challenge
of Online Social Cruelty, Threats, and Distress provides up-to-date
for school administrators, counselors, resource officers, teachers,
others on preventing and
responding to cyberbullying and cyberthreats."
- Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age, by Kowalski, Limber, Agaston. From the website: "Examining the latest research and methods for studying this issue, the authors have utilized vital studies involving over 3500 middle-school students, online research projects on cyber bullying on blogs, and data from focus groups of victims and perpetrators and their parents (it provides)...educators, parents, psychologists, and policy-makers with critical prevention techniques and strategies for effectively addressing electronic bullying."
- Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies. Final Report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force to the Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking of State Attorneys General of the United States released by The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. From the website: "The Internet Safety Technical Task Force was created in February 2008 in accordance with the Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Safety announced in January 2008 by the Attorneys General
Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking and MySpace. The scope
of the Task Force's inquiry was to consider those technologies that
industry and end users - including parents - can use to help keep minors
safer on the Internet."
- Net Cetera:
with Kids About Being Online, a report published by the FTC, March,
2010. From the report: "This report outlines how the FTC used its
prior experience in online safety education to develop a program
specifically for parents and children, and how the FTC is working with
various partners to distribute this information nationally."
- Sexting: Youth Practices and Legal Implications, by Sacco, et al, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. This document addresses legal and practical issues related to the
practice colloquially known as sexting. It was created by Harvard Law
School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Center for Internet &
Society, for the Berkman Center’s Youth and Media Policy Working Group
Initiative. The Initiative is exploring policy issues that fall within
three substantive clusters emerging from youth’s information and
communications technology practices: Risky Behaviors and Online Safety;
Privacy, Publicity and Reputation; and Youth Created Content and
Curriculum, programs, tips
- Battling sexting with texting, by Tim Ciesco
(NBC11news, 2/9/2010). From the article: "If you
notice now, teens are plugged in...so we decided that we
have to plug in too if we're gonna reach them."In October he launched
"My T text"
-- a program that sends daily text messages to teens in the form of
jokes, news, poll questions and tips on serious issues teens face.
Curriculum, K-12 student curriculum which
is free to educators. "Student Curriculum empowers students to use the
Internet safely, responsibly, and effectively." In particular:
- ConnectSafely.org safety tips: From ConnectSafely's director: "(Intended to be) Almost like primers in what we hope
are digestible bites on a number of social-media technologies, e.g.:
- Educating About Intellectual Property, a collaborative project of Street Law Inc., and Constitutional Rights Foundation. From the website: "Educating young people about the role and importance of intellectual
property in our society and the laws and policies in place to protect
both the property owner and the citizens who use it."
- Eisenhower School Internet Safety Project. From the GEN YES blog: The Eisenhower School Internet Safety Project began with Tech Team teachers, Angelo Bonavitacola, Marc DeBlock and Harold Olejarz, joining forces to develop a sixth-grade Internet course to address these issues and to encourage students to be active learners by using the latest technology to learn about the latest technologies. To produce the videos, the students view online videos, visit web sites and discuss Internet safety topics. The students begin by developing a storyboard in ComicLife, a MAC OS program designed to create comics. Students then use digital cameras to capture images that are added to their comics. When the comics are completed the pages are exported to iMovie. In iMovie the students add voice-overs, sound effects, titles and transitions to complete the Internet Safety project.
- ISB Digital Wiki. Units about digital citizenship created by the International School of Bangkok.
- Introduction to Cyberbullying — Avatars and Identity, by Media Awareness Network. For grades 5 and 6. This addresses the problem of how to get kids to project impact through the ether of the internet. According to author Jane Tallim, from the website: "Our approach for younger kids was to have them use masks to start them thinking about how the identity layers technology provides may affect their interactions with people online."
- Sexting Primer for Parents. Just the basics on
what's going on, what the causes are, and how to talk with your kid
By Anne Collier on the Connect Safely website.
- Internet Safety 101. Industry, government, law
enforcement and non-profit leaders unite to help parents protest kids
from online dangers.
- Interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. From the article: "On Wednesday May 27th, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that
the company would simplify its privacy settings and require that less
information be made available. That afternoon, I (Larry Magid) spoke with Zuckerberg in a recorded interview for
CBS News and CNET. Here are some clips from that interview as well as
links to the entire interview and an article about the interview on
- Location Apps:
Tips for Parents, by Commonsense. From the video: "Just when
you thought you had Facebook figured out there is a new a form of social
networking is gaining momentum. It goes by a few names: social mapping
or location sharing. Instead of just connecting people to online it
allows people to connect face to face." It uses GPS, and carries a
strong warning from Commonsense against kids using it. Current social
mapping favorite programs (as of 6/12/2010) Loopt, Fourscore, Gowalla
Offers products that monitor web and cell phone activity.