Computer and Internet Safety Basics
- The California Office of Privacy Protection has information sheets on protecting your child’s privacy online and protecting your computer. Also see the Office’s Online Safety Tips for Parents.
- Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online, from OnGuard Online (the online safety web site maintained by the Federal Trade Commission), gives adults practical tips to help kids navigate the online world.
- Common Sense Media tells you how to check your child's browser history, as well as offering other helpful tips on Internet safety.
- IKeepSafe.org offers information on Internet filtering and monitoring tools, including a step-by-step tutorial on how to download and install free monitoring software.
- i-SAFE’s i-PARENT campaign helps educate parents about hazards in cyberspace. Interested parents can order a copy of the i-PARENT CD and can create or join an i-PARENT Board in their local school district.
- McAfee’s Family Internet Safety Center contains advice on keeping children safe in chat rooms and blogs and other online safety tips.
- Microsoft offers many resources and tools on parental supervision and age-based guidance for keeping your kids safe online.
- The National Crime Prevention Council has a variety of resources to help parents protect their children. Two resources that can help parents keep their children safe online are McGruff SafeGuard and McGruff Kid Safe Web Browser
- FTC, Department of Education, and Federal Communications Commission offer a free booklet for parents, Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online.
- NetSmartz provides on- and offline learning activities for parents to facilitate discussions with their children and teens about Internet safety.
- Norton Parental Guidance Program. How many of us can say that we know exactly what our kids are doing online? The uncertainty can be rather discomforting. Symantec has taken this concern to heart and developed a new service where parents can set unique online safety profiles for each child and stay up-to-date on their online interactions.
- OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
- Symantec offers Top Ten Ways to Stay Safe Online, Managing Your Kids’ Time Online, and Securing Your Home Network.
- WiredSafety.org provides information on how kids use the Internet and how parents can help keep them safe online. Topics include the “secret language” of instant messaging, cell phones, and when to call the police.
Family Rules and Policies
- The Family Online Safety Institute offers tools including the Parents’ Child Protection Guide for the Internet, a Children’s Bill of Rights for the Internet that can be downloaded as a poster to display next to a child’s computer, and a Family Internet Safety Contract.
- Online Code-of-Conduct Contract, from Microsoft
- Internet Use Agreement from WiredKids.org