Being Safe Online – Resources for Parents and Students

Parents, teachers and students must educate themselves on practices to stay safe, online and off. They must think critically about what they see and hear and make sure they have the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.

But the truth is that being a good citizen today requires the same skills it always has: being honest and respectful of others, and treating other people the way you want to be treated. So whether you are texting or talking, posting photos or playing games, these resources  reinforce citizenship skills that work online and off.

Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.  Common Sense Media exists because our nation’s children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, and this profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, Common Sense Media provides trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.

Visit Common Sense Media at http://www.commonsensemedia.org

Net Cetera:  Chatting with Kids About Being Online

1.  Watch the Video

2.  Download the complete guide .  Review it with your children.

3.  Visit OnGuard Online.gov for additional resources and information.

Living Life Online, by the Federal Trade Commission

LLOCoverYour life is hectic: you go to school, spend time with your family, do your homework, hang out with friends, and carve out some time for yourself. As you live your life online and off, some behaviors can help you be more successful: asking questions to help you figure out what’s real and what’s hype; thinking about things to do – or not – that can help you keep safe; figuring out ways to act that can help you treat others the same way you’d like to be treated. Reading this guide and doing the activities can help you navigate your worlds more safely.

1.  Download Living Life Online.

2.  Visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/livinglifeonline/index.shtm  for additional resources and information.