Safe Internet use:
Never provide information about yourself to any website, email request, chatroom or any other online source.
Don't provide strangers with any images of yourself.
Take great care in the websites you visit as some sites contain damaging images and virsus.
Don't open emails from unknown persons.
If you receive hurtful or unwanted email alert someone - a family member, a teacher, an adult you trust, record the hurtful information and then ignore it, don't respond. Don't relay a hurt message on. You are more valuable than you know.
A word about
A password is your private key to your online resources. A strong password helps in keeping your resources safe.
Don’t share your password with any other person. If you accidently share your password change it immediately.
Don’t enter your password when people are viewing your actions.
Don’t use the same password for many sites. If the password is compromised then a third party will be able to use it on other sites you access.
Use at least 8 characters including capital letters, symbols and numbers.
Create passwords that do not include real words. Use combinations not found in dictionaries.
Don’t display your passwords.
If you use a computer that is in general public use be aware that it could be running key loggers that record every keystroke that you type and thus reveal your passwords to a third party.
Don’t provide your password, or any other information, to anyone asking online. Check the address. Don’t be afraid of ringing the company first to make sure you are not being tricked.Change your password from time to time.
Change the style of your password so that it is significantly different from the old one.
The links below contain information for both children and adults on the potential dangers of using the internet as well as strategies for safety. Some sites contain links to software products that might help with filtering. Your internet service provider (ISP) might also be able to offer filtering and advice on safety factors.
PLEASE CHECK THESE LINKS OUT
This is an Australian Government site and
there is no cost in using all materials
This site has the following information:
* eSafety for parents - Cyberbullying
* Short animations on cyberbulling, respect and online reputation
* A fash based game for 5 to 7 year olds on age appropriate websites, cyberbullying, protecting personal information, secure passwords, talking with trusted adults, positive online experiences.
"Created by the UK Child
Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre,
ThinkUKnow Australia has been developed by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft Australia. " quote taken from their website.
National Cyber Security Alliance (USA based) "NCSA's mission is to educate and therefore empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at home, work, and school, protecting the technology individuals use, the networks they connect to, and our shared digital assets." quote taken from their website.
Recommended websites: Thanks to Cindy and
the Girl Scouts.
The page has links to information on cyberbully, social media, online predators and internet safety and is hosted on the Jim Adler Law Firm, Houston, Texas website.
A comprehensive guide to Protecting Your Child From Bullying and Violence at School. (USA site)
Recommended website: Thanks to
Courtney and the kids at After School Care Programs, "hight-fives"
This site has internet safety and security advice for kids, teens and parents. Site produced by QIHU 360 SOFTWARE CO. LIMITED.
Thanks to Jackie
A comprehensive guide to internet safety with information specifically tailored to Australian parents.
Comprehensive information on cyberbulling. Website produced by Nemours. "Established in 1936 by philanthropist Alfred I. duPont, Nemours is dedicated to improving the health and spirit of every child."
Recommended website: This site has
a clear plan for parents setting up cyber security for their teens.
Thanks to Holly.
The Essential Teen Internet Safety Guide
Recommended website: This site graphically displays information about programs such as "Mobile Guardian", "Screen Time", "Qustodio", "Net Nanny", "Teen safe", Zoodles Kids Mode" and "MMGuardian" allowing parent to set up cyber security for their children. Thanks to Callum.
Recommended website: This site has a general article on cyber security for teens, PDF information sheets and links to online safety. Thanks to Barbara and Lauren.
http://www.vodien.com/singapore-community/security-2/cyber-security-tips-teens.php (Vodien Internet Solutions - Singapore)
Recommended websites: These 2 sites have extensive links to online safety. Thanks to an intern and Marylyn.
Social Media Safety
A Comprehensive Computer Safety & Security Guide
2 blog spots you might like to check are
blog.safetyclicks.com/ & safelibraries.blogspot.com.(You need to read the topics to enter the debate)
Recommended websites: This site has extensive links to online safety. Thanks to Melissa and a diligent student.
Main link site: http://world.okoto.com/website-safety-for-kids-teens/
Links to U.S. Dept
internet safety strategies.
CIA internet safety strategies
New York State
Criminal Justice Service Online safety
Harvard University Law PDF outlining some safety strategies.
Recommended websites: Thanks to Kimberly.
Recommended website: Thanks to
This site is produce by Alexis Posharo from South Carolina, USA. It has extensive links to online safety.
Cell Phone Security:
Recommended websites: Angela and the after school tech program students have suggested we add a section on cell phone security. They have provided the following link to resources in this area.
http://www.thesnugg.com/au/guide-to-protecting-your-smartphone.aspx (AUSTRALIAN LINK)
Wikipedia also have an interesting article on this topic.
Australian Government's advice
Online Shopping Safety: Thanks to Grace - http://teens4safety.com/
This is a private site so you need to read their privacy statement.
Sexting: sending of provocative or sexual photos, messages, or videos online or a mobile phone:
Sites recommended by Barbara and Lauren
Australian Government - tips for parents
Article about ‘Sexting’ cited as high risk behavior in tweens and teens -USC University of Southern California.
Teen Sexting and Prevention Strategies by Texas School Safety Center.
SAFE SEXTING- No such thing - Public Schools NSW (PDF from NSW education.
Sexting- How teens Can Stay Safe - National Crime (National Crime Prevention Council)
Recommended website: Thanks to Marie
Top 11 Scams Used by Online Criminals to Trick You by Heimdal Security
Protecting Yourself from Online Charity Scams by Charity Navigator
Ultimate Online Shopping Safety: The Consumer’s How-To Guide by RetailMeNot
Four Methods to Create a Secure Password You’ll Actually Remember by Lifehacker
10 Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online by Symantec
How to Stop Compromising Pictures of You from Being Published Online by Digital Millennium Copyright Act Services Ltd
How Older Adults Can Stay Safe When Dating Online by U.S. New
A How-To Guide for Having “The Talk” with Your Elderly Parents… About Internet Safety by ID Shield
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