Online resources for families concerning Internet safety can be found at:
- Cyberbullying Research Center – Resources for parents.
- FBI Cyber Surf Islands – Safe Online Surfing for kids.
- Trade Commission Consumer Information– Guide: Talk to your Kids about Internet Safety.
- www.wiredsafety.org – Maintains several sites devoted to Internet safety for all ages.
- www.NetFamilyNews.org – Kid-tech news for parents.
- Google Safety Center – Tools to guide parents and children.
- www.netsmartz.org – The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has many safety resources for families.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recommends this contract between parents and cyber-savvy children.
I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents’ permission.
I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
I will never agree to get together with someone I “meet” online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do, I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the online service.
I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.