The Best Cyber Safety Resources for Your Family

Many parents worry that they've been left behind when it comes to helping their kids navigate the digital world and keeping them cyber-safe.  The good news is that help is out there!  Resources are plentiful, covering cyber safety, digital citizenship, bullying, identity theft, predators, and more.  Here are our favourites:

 

Dedicated Websites

 

CyberSmart
The Cybersmart website is about keeping safe and smart online. It provides cybersafety education and awareness for children, young people and parents.  For Kids: Hector's World, CyberSmart Detectives, CyberSmart Hero.

 

Smart Online Safe Online
Smart Online Safe Online (SOSO) is a unique, non-profit social initiative bringing together the community and the digital media industry as partners to deliver online campaigns, aimed at educating young internet users about the dangers in their online environment.

 

Web Warriors by Smart Online Safe Online
The Web Warriors site is a game that teaches kids about online threats such as predators, grooming, cyber-bullying and identity theft.

 

ThinkUKnow
ThinkUKnow is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through primary and secondary schools across Australia using a network of accredited trainers.  There's a Kids Corner with activities and games, too!

 

Budd:e by StaySmartOnline
The Budd:e website helps kids to learn about being safe on the internet.  Fun games for primary and secondary students will help you learn about how to keep your computer safe, what is safe to publish online and what is better kept private, how to potect your ID, how to create a strong passord, how to know when something is a scam, and more.

 

Cybersafety Help Button
The Australian Government’s cybersafety help button is a free application that is easily downloaded onto personal, school and library computers. It provides help and advice on a range of online risks including cyberbullying, unwanted contact, scams and fraud, and offensive or inappropriate material.

 

Digital Citizenship
A selection of the best online digital citizenship videos and information to help you gain a better understanding of how you can keep yourself and others safe online.

 

Teen Chat Decoder
Teen Chat Decoder is a website that allows parents & guardians to "stay current" with the lingo and chat abbreviations that their kids use everyday.

 

Kids Be Safe Online
Kids Be Safe Online is a website for parents with information on trends and technologies affecting our kids, and useful materials, tools and resources.

 

SafeKids
SafeKids isa US site that has internet safety resources for parents, including articles and guidelines for families, as well as a Kids and Parent's Pledge for safe internet use.

 

GetNetWise
GetNetWise is a US-based public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences.

 

Connect Safely
A US non-profit group providing online safety tips and advice for families.  The website has resources, news section and a forum.

 

Cyberbullying Research Center
The Cyberbullying Research Center is a US central repository and information clearinghouse for the phenomenon of cyberbullying, with research, publications, resources and blogs.

 

Cyber Safe Kids
Cyber Safe Kids is an online safety and digital citizenship resource offering school-based workshop for parents and teachers. Everything you need to know about: Cyberbullying, Risks, Security, Ethics, Addiction, School & Parent Resources.

 

Online Guides and Compilations

 

Internet Safety Guide

An Internet Safety Guide for parents and children is another online compilation of more helpful resources. Tips on downloading, scams and fraud, online predators, and more.

 

Guide to Consumer Awareness

This site helps people to recognise safe forms of online shopping, how to prevent online fraud, and the availability of legal and crime prevention.

 

What Parents and Sitters Should Know About Cyber Safety

This site has resources that can help families and babysitters become better acquainted with safety measures that save lives and reduce the risk of injuries.


Website Safety for Kids and Teens

More great resources can be found in this article. It discusses the evolution and social changes created with the introduction of the Internet.  It also addresses potential risks and their prevention, and keeping our kids safe online.

 

Internet Safety Tips - A Comprehensive Resource

Safety tips for the home: how to preserve your system, safely navigating social networking, prevention of cyber stalking and predators, protecting your identity and personal information, tips for kids safety.

 

Books

 

Book: GROW UP! How to raise an adult by being one yourself
Author: John S. Cheetham

THIS is a book for all parents worried about how their kids will respond to the internet, computer games, sex ...

 

Book: Cyber-safe Kids, Cyber-savvy Teens
Author: Nancy Willard

This work offers essential strategies to keep children and teens safe online. As our children and teens race down the onramp to the Information Superhighway, many parents feel left behind in the dust.

 

Book: The Five Dangerous Trends Concerning Kids, Technology and the Internet
Author: Denise M Pellow

This excellent guide contains insights, facts, resources, tools, guidelines and tips you need to protect your kids online. Inside are real stories and challenges parents and families face for some of the most popular technologies your children are using.

 

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