is an enormous amount of information about keeping your children
safe online. Here we attempt to offer you a few of the best
websites. Most of the websites we looked at repeated what these
few have to offer.
is no one size fits all solution to keeping our kids safe online.
However, there are some basic rules for online safety. We suggest
surfing these sites, and then taking an online quiz with your
child. Talk to them about their answers. Print out the "Family
Contract for Online Safety" available online at safekids.com,
and stick by it.
can replace parental involvement, but here is information that
we hope will provide you with an understanding of the issue,
and better prepare you to guide your children as they surf the
web. Our own self-published booklet entitled "Parents Internet
Guide: searching wisely and safely" is available to download
in PDF format.
If you are looking for more websites on the topic, try using
these terms when you do your search: "Internet Safety"
and "Children and Internet."
is a worldwide volunteer organization that is dedicated to helping
people who need help online.
Hosted by Internet Industry Corporations & Public Service
Organizations, this is a large, excellent resource. Their safety
guides are grouped by age from 2-17 years-old.
Federal Trade Commission's tips for keeping personal information
about your children private when online and their rules for
Learn how to keep your children safe. Includes"discussion
starters" to help you talk to your kids about online safety.
This booklet was written by the Nassau Library System's Technology
Committee and is available online. You will need Adobe Acrobat
Reader to acess it. Click
here if you want to download the free software.
Safekids.com is probably the most respected online safety site.
The creator, Larry Magid wrote "Child Safety on the Information
Highway" for the National Center for Missing & Exploited
Children. That article is available here as well as a wealth
of other useful and timely information.
Produced by Disney, Goofy, Minnie & Mickey guide your child
through 3 quizzes to help young children understand online safety.
Fun & informative.
local puclic library can be a great resource for books dealing
with online issues.
library's database collection is another resource that you may
want to explore. Check with your librarian if you need help
searching this resource or visit your library online at www.nassaulibrary.org/list/nasslist.html
surfing online by Joan Vos MacDoland.
Practical book on surfing the Internet safely.
Kids Safe: Guide for Parents of Toddlers and Teens-and all the
years in-between by Kenneth Shore.
chapter addresses internet safety in this informative and reassuring
book for parents.
Parent's Guide to Protecting Children in Cyberspace by Parry
will find a wealth of useful tips and information presented
in a friendly and entertaining manner.