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There are lots of useful sites on internet safety.
Most of the sites listed here will have links to yet more sites of interest.
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Link to How To Keep Your Kids Safe In The Online World?

The Internet can be amazingly useful, with virtually any type of information available at usersí fingertips. But as helpful as the Internet is as a resource, it is also a potentially dangerous tool. When children use the Internet, they need protection from inappropriate content, malicious software, and contact with undesirable people. Itís important to learn how to keep kids safe online.

Please note this site is in the USA and some of its links may lead to USA-specific advice.

This link was recommended by the Bayerton Area Girl Scout Troop, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Link to How To Keep Your Kids Safe In The Online World?

How To Keep Your Kids Safe In The Online World?

Teaching our children about personal safety has always been automatic for us. If our children were heading off to someplace, we knew exactly where they were going, had the address and telephone number, and even investigated them to ensure that they were the place where they should be. We taught them about the dangers of going anywhere alone and what can happen to them if, briefly, they let their guard down. Among the many duties that we have, we can now add another; our childrenís internet safety.

Please note this site is in the USA and some of its links may lead to USA-specific advice.

Link to Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety guide (PDF)

Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety Ė A Guide for Parents and Carers

The following message and attached guide has been circulated on behalf of Child Protection Charity Stop it Now!
The attached guide provides advice and information on digital parenting. It will help you speak to your child about safety online in a positive way. It will also signpost you to resources that will help you manage and reduce risks online for your child. Learning to safely navigate the internet and online platforms is like learning to cycle or swim: children need adult support and supervision to learn to do this safely. They need this support before they can use the internet independently.
This guide was created to support online safety training for kinship carers in Scotland. It will be valued by all parents and carers across Scotland. It can be used to support children of any age, but it has a particular focus on the digital resilience of teenagers. This is because of the particular challenges we face keeping adolescents - who are more independent - safe online. Click the logo for the guide (PDF)

Link to Internet Safety for Teens, Kids, and Students

This guide features what children do online, the threat of online strangers and how to ensure a healthy balance between Internet use, your children's online privacy, digital security and more on online safety to mention.

Please note this site is in the USA and some of its links may lead to USA-specific advice.

Link to an introduction to cyber security and data protection

An introduction to cyber security and data protection

The internet has become more influential in daily life than anyone could have ever imagined it is an integral method of global communication.

But we donít just use the internet to stay in touch with friends and family across the world. Itís also become key to how we operate businesses, store personal information and even manage our bank accounts.

With so much important data being transferred across public networks every day, itís no surprise that a small section of the technologically gifted chooses to exploit the more vulnerable among us.

Click on the logo to learn how you might be at risk, and learn about the steps you need to take to both prevent and recover from an attack.

Link to Internet Safety for Teens, Kids, and Students

Internet Safety for Teens, Kids, and Students

The functionality and convenience of today's Internet are truly staggering. At the same time, it can be an immensely dangerous area for children, students, and even non-tech-savvy adults.

Children of all ages spend considerable time surfing the Internet, itís therefore vital that both parents and teachers are forewarned about dangers that lurk online. As importantly, they must be taught how to avoid them.

Click the logo to get Internet safety tips against the most common threats for parents and teachers that will help to protect kids online.

Please note this site is in the USA and some of its links may lead to USA-specific advice.

Link to NSPCC Social Media Guide - NetAware

NSPCC Social Media Guide - NetAware

Your guide to the social networks your kids use. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world.
The web site refers to a wide range of apps that children use and has information on:

  • What each app can and cannot do
  • App minimum age requirements and views on the minimum age
  • Previous/new names for the app
  • Childrenís views on each app
  • Parentís views on each app
  • The level of risk for viewing certain types of content Ė Sexual, Violence & Hatred, Bullying, Suicide & Self-harm, Drink, Drugs and Crime

Link to Cyber Attraction video on YouTube

"Cyber Attraction" is a film made for the Scottish Government, to throw light on the issue of young teenagers using social media to send inappropriate images and the dangers faced if these are shared. Click the image to watch the film on YouTube

Link to keeping children safeonline

It would be remiss to ignore the dark side of the web. Online communication has given everybody a voice and the freedom to share exactly what is on their mind from the sanctuary of a screen, which is a simultaneous blessing and curse. We are raising a generation of children that have not known a world without the web and all that entails, and young people use the internet for a number of reasons that are foreign to their parents. This article will also help keep children safe while they negotiate the many twists and turns of a life lived online.

Link to Staying safe online: parental control software
PARENTAL control software promises to keep kids safe online, and it's available free from all the major UK broadband providers.
Whatever their feelings on the Government's war on adult content, families want to look after their youngest members when they access the internet. This website takes a look at the best ways to do that.

Link to the Definitive Guide to Internet Privacy & Online Security
Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong:
Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online | Use safety tools on social networks and other online services | Use of parental controls on your home internet | Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology

Link to the Internet Safety Zone
The Internet Safety Zone covers many aspects for parents and children: Cyber wellness | How does the Internet work? | Social Networking Tools | Security | Privacy & Human Rights | Handling Problems | Email | Browsing | Chat | Gaming | Mobiles

Link to the Think U Know site
This site shows you how to stay safe while having fun online.
If you are a parent or carer, the site links to a Home Office produced leaflet to help you find out what you need to know to keep your children safe when they use the Internet.
You donít have to be an expert to make a difference! Talk to your children about what they do online and pass on the safety advice in this leaflet.

Guidance from Childline for parents to help their children surf the Internet safely.

Link to the Childnet International site
Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

Link to the Grid Club Site
The Grid Club offers safety advice for children including the CyberCafe where you can meet Griff, Chloe and their pals, find out the safest ways to use the Internet, chat rooms, e-mail and send text messages.

Link to the GetNetWise site
The Internet offers kids many opportunities for learning, constructive entertainment, and personal growth. At the same time, parents are concerned about the risks kids face online. The challenge for parents is to educate themselves and their children about how to use the Internet safely. GetNetWise can help.
This site is in the USA but has lots of useful information.

Link to Commodity.com

Investing can be a minefield for beginners and experienced traders alike. Not only do beginners have to learn new financial instruments and trading lingo, but they also have to be on guard against the slew of scammers and fraudsters seeking to prey on novice traders. Similarly experienced traders can become victims because as their confidence becomes complacency. Commodity.com is a source for information on all the major commodities, cryptocurrencies & alternative investments.

Link to VPN or Proxy Info Link to hide your IP address info

Two links which could protect your privacy when you are on the internet and could stop targeted advertising. The first is about setting up a Virtual Private Network as opposed to a Proxy Server. The second shows (in a techy way) how to hide your IP (Internet Protocol) address. VPNs and Proxies are run by commercial businesses and will cost you a monthly fee.

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