Internet Safety Resources

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Let's take a second and talk about internet safety. It's all fun and games until someone randomly stumbles upon spoilers for Episode VIII. That actually would be a tragedy, but what we're here to talk about are ways that you can take control of your internet destiny. We've taken some inspiration from our new series The Internet Ruined My Life and after seeing some of the horror stories that can arise from errant tweeting and negligent posting, we wanted to get all proactive up in here. Because, if those stories don't scare you than you might want to check yourself for signs of robotic life.

But, the internet is a magical place where all of your informational, gaming, video-watching, and educational dreams can come true, and we want to keep it that way. Thus! Behold! Our Syfy-Approved list of Internet Safety Resources. Think of it as your Aegis Shield in the battle for interenet freedom!

Resources for Kids:


5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids - Sharing photos, posting comments, playing video games -- these are just a few of the ways that kids interact online. But when sharing goes beyond friends and family, it can be risky. Learn about five important Internet safety rules for kids.

Internet Safety Pledge - Sing the "Internet Safety Pledge" to promote safety discussions and create safer boundaries.

Learn Internet Safety with Clicky - Clicky and his friends race to stop Potty-Mouth Pete from spreading bad netiquette.

Club UYN (Use Your NetSmartz) - Sing along and show off your best dance moves as Clicky, Nettie, and Webster rock the world.

Getting Help When Things Go Wrong on the Internet - If someone is being mean to you or has threatened you or someone you care about, you have to tell right away, even if you aren’t sure if they are serious.

Internet Safety Games - Play games based on the good internet behaviors.

Dance Along to Internet Safety - Get your 3-D glasses and check out this amazing dance video.

Fun eBooks About Surfing the Web - Great eBooks that can show you the best ways to surf the web

Take a Cyberwise Course Today (by a kid) - Watch this short promo to learn why you should take a Certified course today.

Faux Paw Stories About Internet Safety - Meet Faux Paw, an adventurous six-toed, Web-surfing cat that loves having fun with her friends. Sometimes, she runs into trouble while on her computer and playing video games.

Resources for Teenagers:

Online Tips for Teens - An online cheat sheet with tips for how to manage your online presence.

Social Media Safety Guide - A quick guide on how to manage social media.

Tips to Prevent Teen Sexting - 5 Tips about the dangers of teen sexting.

Internet Safety Rules for Teens -  "House pledges" or "acceptable-use policies" can help provide clear guidelines for safer Internet use. 

5 Ways to Stop Cyberbullies - Cyberbullying is something most families hope they never have to deal with. But if your kids are texting, sharing photos, and posting comments, it’s important to talk to them about how to deal with online harassment. Learn 5 ways to stop cyberbullies.

NSTeens Online Safety Challenge - Are you smart and safe online? Take the quiz to find out.

Bullying and Cyberbullying Resources - An additional list of resources to prevent online bullying.

5 Social Media Rules for Teens & Tweens - Social Media is a way of life for many teens, and even some tweens. Here are 5 rules to share with your kids before they start posting, uploading or sharing online.

4 Ways to Deal with Digital Harassment - Digital harassment happens when teens use texts, instant messages, emails, and social media posts to keep tabs on or threaten someone else. It usually involves two people in a close relationship. Here are 4 ways to help teens avoid digital harassment.

Social Web Tips for Teens - These tips, based on the latest research, will help teens’ socializing stay fun and safe on both the fixed and mobile social Web.

Oversharing: Think Before You Post - Tweens, teens, and adults can laugh and learn about the ups and downs of communicating and connecting in the digital world.

Dealing with the Nasties Online - Offers some strategies for people targeted by nastiness online, ways to stay stable and grow resilience, some of which sound a lot like the kind of wisdom handed down since long before there was an Internet.

Teen Cybersafety Guide - There is something about the technology that makes you think that the people who are reading your posts or blogs are only the ones you want to read them. You talk to them. You post pics and videos for them. You are funny for them. But sometimes “they” include others who would love to harass you, get you back for something or are just plain old creeps.

Online Reputation Management - Your rep is important, and you should be taking an active role in managing it.

How To Protect Your Online Privacy - This middle school digital literacy curriculum includes a full year of Information Literacy Lessons

Learn Balance With Digital Devices - This middle school digital literacy curriculum includes a full year of Information Literacy Lessons.

5 Tips for Dealing with Haters and Trolls - Haters and trolls are people who go online, often anonymously, and write mean comments, sometimes with the goal of getting a response. Chances are if your kids are online, they'll encounter both. Discover five ways to deal with haters and trolls.

Digital Media 101 - This introductory video tells you everything you need to know to start your journey towards becoming a confident and competent user of digital media


Resources for Parents:

About Basic Internet Safety - Children use a variety of online services, and each of these services can have different safety concerns. However, there are some basic tips which you can employ no matter how your children use the Internet.  

Inappropriate Content for Children - All of the content may be equally accessible; websites about ponies and websites featuring pornography are both a click away.

5 Ways to Make YouTube Safer for Kids - Kids love YouTube. Whether they're watching funny videos, learning cool stuff, or uploading their own creations, they can stay busy on the popular channel. But not everything about YouTube is fun and games. Discover five ways to make YouTube safer for kids.

A Parent's Guide to Snapchat - A huge resource for parents all about Snapchat.

A Parent's Guide to Instagram - A huge resource for parents all about Instagram.

Protecting Your Kids Online - Take charge. Monitor. Communicate.

Cyberbullying Unplugged - Cyberbullying is the use of technology to tease, humiliate, threaten and/or harass someone. Here's how to protect against it.

Know About Email, IM, and Chat Rooms - How to communicate with your kids about their email, IM and chat room usage.

Keeping Yourself and Your Family Safe Online - The media loves cases of Internet sexual predators and high profile risks. But what about protecting yourself and the rest of your family? The rules and tips that keep your children safer online keep the whole family safer online too. It’s easier than you think.

A Parent's Guide to Cybersecurity -  The Top 5 questions parents have about cybersecurity.

3 Easy Ways Parents Can Tame Their Device Use - Looking for ways to cut back on device use and have more quality family time? Discover 3 easy steps parents can take to manage screen time.

Cyberbalance Research and Tips - Finding and maintaining a healthy cyberbalance is a challenge in a connected culture where virtually we can go anywhere, see anyone, and do anything at the touch of a screen

Summertime Tips for Kids' Online Safety & Security - Some thought needs to be given to ensuring that Internet-based activities remain safe and secure and that young people maintain control over who has access to their personal information, especially during the Summer months when they're alone.

8 Things You and Your Teen Need to Know About Sexting - Twenty percent of teens admit to texting nude or semi-nude photos of themselves to others. Get information and tips for discussing sexting with teens, whether they’re sending, receiving -- or both.

Cyberwise Cyberbullying Hub - Cyberbullying, the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person, can be an unfortunate byproduct of digital communications. Here's how you can combat it.

Cyberwise Sexting Hub - The digital age activity known as “sexting”—the transmission of nude, semi-nude or sexually explicit material across digital channels—is a serious matter.

Everything You Need to Know About Online Kids - Everything you need to know in 60 Seconds.

Resources for Educators:

An Educator's Guide to Online Communication Tools - An Educator’s GuIde to Online Communication Tools

Cyber Civics Curriculum for Middle School - A well-rounded online education is just the beginning.

Internet Safety Teaching Materials - Downloadable resources for teachers

Internet Educational Materials for Schools and Teachers - Equip your students with the knowledge and skills to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly online and with mobile devices.

NetSmartz Online Educator Training Program -  A self-paced, online training program to help you teach Internet safety and prepare kids to be better digital citizens

The Educator's Guide to Social Media - This Educator’s Guide to Social Media is designed to provide a framework for thinking about how to best use social media on a personal level.

Online Safety Activity Cards - These activity cards are related to the online activities and easy to implement with few extra materials. Printable handouts are included. Parents may want to skim through the activities to get ideas for discussing Internet safety with their children.

Incident Response Tool - Guides fact-finding and evidence gathering in a way that minimizes risks and ensures positive outcomes for bystanders, victims, and perpetrators.

Copyright and Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens - Giving students a basic understanding of how copyright and fair use work together to encourage creative work is essential.

K-12 BEaPRO Privacy Curriculum Matrix - This comprehensive matrix provides educators with suggested learning activities, discussion guides, vocabulary, and more–all according to specific age groups.

K-12 BEaPRO Balance Curriculum Matrix - Develop a guide for building effective curricula that teach children (K-12) the skills for maintaining “Life Balance” in media and online. environments

K-12 BEaPRO Relationships Curriculum Matrix - To develop a guide for building effective curricula that teach children (K-12) the skills for maintaining “Healthy Relationships” in media and online environments