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Online Resources for Parents and Children

America Links Up

America Links Up was a broad-based public awareness campaign to ensure that every child in America has a safe, educational and rewarding experience online. The site is no longer active and is being hosted here by GetNetWise for archival purposes.

Child Safety on the Information Superhighway

Larry Magid, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, gives tips for becoming street smart on the Web. His "Guidelines for Parents" explains how to deal with everything from suggestive or misleading content to the danger of online-arranged meetings with strangers.

Especially for Young People and Their Parents

This page includes links to online safety rules and suggestions, designed-for-children search engines, all ALA great sites, and other great sites for parents and young people. Also includes links to privacy pages.


An online service of companies and non-profit groups concerned about child safety on the Internet. The Web site provides a comprehensive "Web-wide" resource with safety tips, ways to report online trouble, tech tools for families, great Web sites for kids and a glossary of Internet terms.

Great Web Sites for Kids

Links to Web sites for fun and learning. Recommended and organized by topic by children's librarians. Sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the ALA.

Kids' Safety (GetNetWise)

Learn about the risks kids face online, based on age levels or types of activities. Concerns about privacy are addressed as well. Quick tips for kids, teens, and families.

The Librarian's Guide to Cyberspace for Parents & Kids
See The Librarians Guide to Great Sites for Kids below.

The Librarians Guide to Great Sites for Kids
Formerly titled The Librarian's Guide to Cyberspace for Parents & Kids. Telephone: 800-545-2433. ext. 5044/5041 or e-mail for more information.

The Parents' Guide to the Information Superhighway

Rules and tools for families online from The Children's Partnership. Comprehensive look at the information superhighway and what parents should know to help their children use it safely and wisely.

Parents' Guide to the Internet

From the U.S. Department of Education (archived information; 1997), this guide suggests how parents can help their children tap into the wonders of the Internet while safeguarding them from potential hazards.

Privacy (GetNetWise)

As the Internet has grown in complexity, many consumers feel they may be disclosing information about themselves and their online travels that they'd rather keep private. GetNetWise provides information about tools and techniques to better control how much personal information you share with online stores, Web sites, emailers, chatters and other people who may use your computer.

Privacy Resources for Librarians, Library Users, and Families

This resource is intended to help librarians and all library users understand the issue of privacy and confidentiality.

Safety Tips for Kids on the Internet from the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Site focuses on online safety and ways to report abuses.

A Safety Net for the Internet: A Parent's Guide

What parents should know about the Internet from the New York Public Library.

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This document was last updated December 1, 2003

Links to non-ALA sites have been provided because these sites may have information of interest. Neither the American Library Association nor the Office for Intellectual Freedom necessarily endorses the views expressed or the facts presented on these sites; and furthermore, ALA and OIF do not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available on these sites.