Online Safety

Thoughts for parents and teachers.

Rules of the Road:
  • Guard your privacy
  • Protect your reputation
  • Nothing is private online
  • Assume everyone is watching.
  • Apply the golden Rule
  • Watch the clock.
  • Choose Wisely
  • Don't Hide
  • Think about what you see.
  • Be smart and safe.
Think Before You Post!

YouTube Video

It's Your Life:  Online Safety Video:  Good Conversation Starter
Cyberbullying 2010: What the Research Tells Us
View more presentations from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Resources for teaching online safety.

Club Penguin:  Example of Social Networking Sites for Kids.

OSPI List of Resources:

Many Great Resources from Cybraryman

Teenage Life Online: About 17 million youth ages 12 through 17 use the Internet. That represents 73% of those in this age bracket. This is a  study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project reveals that teenagers’ use of the Internet plays a major role in their relationships with their friends, their families, and their schools.

Common Sense Media: Dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

Web Wise Kids: Our programs assist youth to confidently manage issues like sexting, bullying, piracy, fraud, online romances, cyber stalking, and other online hazards.

Google Family Safety Center: Provides parents and teachers with tools to help them choose what content their children see online.

Webonauts Internet Academy: A web original game for PBS KIDS GO! that gives kids 8- to 10-year-old an opportunity to have some fun while exploring what it means to be a citizen in a web-infused‚

Windows Live Family Safety: Use activity reports to monitor your kids’ computer activity. Choose websites, games, and programs they can access. Even set time periods when they can use the computer.

Norton Online Family: Rather than simply blocking sites, it encourages communication between you and your kids. You’ll gain a better understanding of what they do online, so you can better protect and guide them.

NetSmartz: Communication is an effective tool for parents and guardians when helping their children avoid the dangers that exist on the Internet. NetSmartz provides on- and offline learning activities for parents to facilitate discussions with their children and teens about Internet safety.

KidZui: The Internet puts the world at your elementary child’s fingertips and gives them the opportunity to explore, discover, and grow (plus have some fun along the way)!

KidsClick: Web search for kids by librarians.

STOP cyberbullying: Education can help considerably in preventing and dealing with the consequences of cyberbullying. The first place to begin an education campaign is with the kids and teens themselves. We need to address ways they can become inadvertent cyberbullies, how to be accountable for their actions and not to stand by and allow bullying (in any form) to be acceptable.

Power to Learn: Designed to provide parents with timely and relevant information related to children’s digital media safety these interactive units provide in-depth, practical and “how to” information.


Schools and libraries subject to CIPA:

  • Must certify that they have an Internet safety policy including protection (to block or filter) pictures that are obscene, pornographic or harmful to minors.
  • Are required to educate minors about appropriate online safety including cyberbullying and interacting with others on social networking sites and in chat rooms
  • Are required to adopt and enforce a policy to monitor online activities of minors
  • Are required to adopt and address a policy implementing
    • access by minors to inappropriate content on the Internet
    • the safety and security of minors while using e-mail, chat rooms or any form of electronic communication
    • unlawful activities (hacking)
    • use of personal information regarding minors
    • restricting access of materials deemed harmful to minors
COPPA: Child Online Privacy Protection Act

Martha Thornburgh,
Dec 13, 2010, 12:07 PM
Martha Thornburgh,
Dec 13, 2010, 12:03 PM
Martha Thornburgh,
Dec 13, 2010, 11:23 AM