Especially for Young People and Their Parents
Revised May 31, 2007
ONLINE SAFETY RULES AND SUGGESTIONS
Know The Rules (PDF): “Teenagers, 12–19, especially GIRLS, are the most victimized segment of the population in the United States.” See also other publications from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Safety on the Web and Other Safety Issues: From the Children's Library, Lower Level, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC.
CyberTipline: “The Congressionally mandated CyberTipline is a reporting mechanism for cases of child sexual exploitation including child pornography, online enticement of children for sex acts, molestation of children outside the family, sex tourism of children, child victims of prostitution, and unsolicited obscene material sent to a child. Reports may be made 24-hours per day, 7 days per week online or by calling 1-800-843-5678.”
Publications of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: A number of publications available from the NCMEC.
Web Wise Kids: “Web Wise Kids is committed to preparing children, teens, and adults to make wise choices when using the Internet.”
BlogSafety.com: “BlogSafety is a not-for-profit project that derives funding from social networking sites, including those affected by this legislation.”— Larry Magid
Online Safety Guide: From GetNetWise.
Family Contract for Online Safety: From GetNetWise.
Bullying, Bullying.org: Where You are Not Alone, Cyberbullying, Braving Bullies (for Children, Teens, and Adults), Safety Resources for Young People, and Stop Cyberbullying ("A social network to discuss cyberbullying, identifying resources and solutions to address this epidemic of online cruelty.")
Consumer Reports' (CR) Latest Tests of Filtering Software (May 2005)
"Show that while Internet blockers have gotten better at blocking pornography, the best also tend to block many sites they shouldn't. In addition, Consumer Reports found the software to be less effective at blocking sites promoting hatred, illegal drugs or violence. The June issue includes ratings of 11 popular filtering software products and advice for concerned parents who are trying to better protect their children online. . . . Filters kept out most, but not all, of the pornography. The worst performer blocked 88 percent, enough to serve as an obstacle, but not impervious to a persistent teen. — Information sites can be snubbed, too. The best porn blockers were heavy-handed against sites about health issues, sex education, civil rights and politics."
Internet Safety Pledges: From Netsmartz.
NetSmartz: "The NetSmartz Workshop® is an educational resource for children aged 5 to 17, parents, and teachers on how to stay safer on the Internet. Since the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) was first established in 1984, it has worked to make children safer. In 1994, long before this nation realized that the Internet might pose a threat to the safety of its youngest users, NCMEC released a brochure titled Child Safety on the Information Highway, providing families with a roadmap to stay safer in cyberspace. Later, when cases of online child enticement garnered front-page news nationwide, NCMEC's brochure, Teen Safety on the Information Highway, became the first publication of its kind to try to prepare teens for the risks they face online. Every year more and more children of all ages go online to study, have fun, and communicate with the world at large. Just as the numbers of kids online have grown, so have the dangers they face."
Reporting Trouble: From GetNetWise. “On a playground, being teased by another child is far less serious than receiving a sexual advance from a stranger. On the Internet, receiving junk e-mail is far less serious than being enticed by a stranger in a chat room. It’s important not to overreact. But how do we recognize when a problem is serious, or when it’s simply part of being online?”
Internet-Related Safety Tips for Teens: From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Internet Safety Tips for Kids: From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Surfing the Net with Kids: “Welcome to my vision of what’s wonderful on the Web. Welcome parents, kids, teens, grandparents, teachers, librarians and the incurably curious.” Barbara J. Feldman is a “syndicated newspaper columnist, mother, wife and Net surfer supreme (not listed in order of importance, of course).” She recommends sites for kids and families in “millions of newspapers each week.”
Searching the Internet Effectively
According to Librarians’ Index to the Internet, “In eight steps, the author of this site introduces readers to basic Internet search tools, discusses how to use them effectively, and provides tips for evaluating results. Updated infrequently (it’s a resource for a continuing education class), but the simple design of this tutorial makes this resource well worth it even when the links need sprucing up. From Alistair Smith, who teaches library science at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.”
Netsmartz Workshop: From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Netsmartz Workshop presents a variety of interactive training tools to teach online safety.
Cyber Tipline: From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Cyber Tipline handles leads from individuals reporting the sexual exploitation of children.
Seguridad infantil en la autopista de la información (PDF): PDF file from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Additional information.
Publications on Internet Safety and Other Topics: A list of publications from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Notes, Advice and Warnings for Kids on the Web: By Stephen Savitzky.
Assessing Internet Access (PDF): By Nancy Kranich, ALA President, 2000–2001, Media Studies Journal, Fall 2000, 42–45. “Both children and adults need to learn the critical skills that will help them make good judgments about material on the Internet and elsewhere.” (To print the article, print pages 53–56.)
Safekids.com: By Lawrence J. Magid. For parents and kids.
Safeteens.com: By Lawrence J. Magid. For parents and teens.
Yahooligans Rules for Online Safety: Adapted from material by Lawrence J. Magid. Also includes other resources.
Connect for Kids: "Connect for Kids, an award-winning multimedia project, helps adults make their communities better places for families and children. The Web site offers a place on the Internet for adults—parents, grandparents, educators, policymakers and others—who want to become more active citizens, from volunteering to voting with kids in mind."
DESIGNED-FOR-YOUNG PEOPLE SEARCH ENGINES
ADDITIONAL ALA WEB SITES FOR PARENTS, YOUNG PEOPLE, AND LIBRARIANS
The Libraries and the Internet Toolkit: The American Library Association (ALA) has produced this "toolkit" to assist librarians in managing the Internet and educating their public about how to use it effectively. ALA encourages all libraries to implement policies that protect both children and public access to information and to take an active role in educating their communities about this important resource.
KCTools: It will help you become more comfortable with the research process. In KCTools you'll find help with four basic phases of the research process. It begins with "I wonder" and asks you to think about your question or topic and how to seek further advice on the Internet.
School Libraries & You: A Web site of the American Association of School Librarians. To help parents and children learn to use the Internet together.
Teen Reading: Teen Hoopla does not exist anymore. This site has information on encouraging teens to read and about ALA's Teen Read Week.
OTHER EDUCATIONAL SITES
AOL's AOL@School: Includes resources for K-12 students.
Between the Lions: A PBS series and Web site of interactive stories and games for kids learning to read and write. The American Library Association, and two of its divisions, the American Association of School Librarians and the Association for Library Service to Children, are founding partners in the Between the Lions series.
GetNetWise: Wanting Internet users to be just “one click away” from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their family’s use of the Internet, GetNetWise is a Web-wide partnership organized to help ensure that families have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences.
Families Against Internet Censorship: Families Against Internet Censorship opposes government regulation of Internet content to “protect the family.” “[P]arents are the people best suited to decide what their children should and should not see.” A resource for anti-censorship families. Includes a list of families willing to speak out against Internet censorship.
kidSpeak: Kids have First Amendment rights—and kidSPEAK helps kids fight for them!”
NetLingo.com: NetLingo.com is an online dictionary. “If you want to get the most out of the Internet and the World Wide Web you're going to have to understand the language that everyone is using online.”
Web Sites for Kids: “Finding content on the Internet that is educational, entertaining, and appropriate for kids is one of the most important things a Net-wise parent can do. GetNetWise has asked a few of the experts to help get you started. ”
Evaluating Web Sites: WHAT MAKES A WEB SITE GOOD?: From the Multnomah County Library Homework Center. “Here are some questions to ask when you’re looking at a site that will help you decide whether or not it’s good: ”
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: “The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a nonprofit consumer education, research, and advocacy program. Our publications empower you to take action to control your personal information by providing practical tips on privacy protection. ”
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (1974): “Congress passed the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also known as the Buckley Amendment) to protect the accuracy and confidentiality of student records; it applies to all schools receiving federal funding. The Act prevents educational institutions from disclosing student records or personally identifiable information to third parties without consent, but does not restrict the collection or use of information by schools. The statute also requires educational institutions to give students and their parents access to school records and an opportunity to challenge the content of records they believe to be inaccurate or misleading.”
Kidz Privacy: Found on the Federal Trade Commission’s Web site, Kidz Privacy has information on privacy for children and adults, including safety tips and resources.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA): Libraries are an important source of Internet access for children, and librarians are primary navigators of information for both children and parents. Librarians need to understand what the COPPA is and what it means for libraries, children, and parents. Created by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy.
Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Online Privacy (PDF): “Today, more and more children are using the Internet to access the wealth of knowledge and communication that it offers. Because we understand that protecting children's privacy online is a very important job for parents and teachers, TRUSTe has teamed with Classroom Connect to produce the Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Online Privacy.”