Internet Safety Resources for Parents

Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today -- especially our students.  Some students today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our students live and learn.  Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.  This organization empowers parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in the lives of students.  Find research-based tools to teach your students how to embrace the power of technology in school and in life:

Common Sense Media Privacy and Internet Safety for Parents
 

NetSmartz Workshops

NetSmartz Workshop, an interactive, educational safety resource for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.

NetSmartz Home Page
 

Español

El NetSmartz Workshop (Taller NetSmartz) es un proyecto excitante del Centro Nacional para Menores Desaparecidos y Explotados (o NCMEC, sus signos en inglés) que enseña a los niños a estar más seguros cuando usan el Internet. NetSmartz ofrece actividades innovadoras de seguridad en el Internet mediante el uso de las más avanzadas tecnologías 3-D y del Internet.

A Guide to Managing Media for Teens and Tweens

The guide discusses how teens use different media platforms and the potentially negative side effects that social media can have. It also covers parental control options, how to discuss online safety with your kids, and the development of digital citizenship. If you would like to take a closer look at the guide, I included a link below:

Verizon Guide to Managing Meda for Teens and Tweens

Digital Citizenship and Netiquette: A Teacher's Guide

This guide defines and outlines the best practices and how to be aware and courteous of others in cyberspace. Please click on the link below to access this resource.

Digital Citizenship and Netiquette: A Teacher's Guide

Additional Resources

iKeepSafe offers parent resources on digital citizenship as well as privacy and security.
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