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To learn more about protecting kids online:

  • GetNetWise is a public-service Web site aimed at parents and caregivers to help them ensure that their children have safe and rewarding online experiences. GetNetWise provides online safety tips, empowerment tools for families, instructions on how to report online trouble, and a guide to good child-friendly Web content. Visit www.GetNetWise.org.
  • Growing With the Media, part of PBS Parents, is a Web site where parents can ask questions about kids, media and the creative possibilities that exist between them. Parents and other caregivers can discover how TV, computers, video games and movies can shape their children's development - as well as gather advice on what they can do. Visit Growing With the Media.
  • The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Serving as the national clearinghouse for information and a resource center for child protection, NCMEC has worked with law enforcement on 89,000 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of 73,000 children. Visit www.missingkids.com.
  • Net Family News, a nonprofit public service, provides Internet and tech news and features for parents and educators of online kids. The weekly e-mail newsletter, which goes out to subscribers in more than 60 countries, is the only continuously updated resource of its kind on or off of the Web. Visit www.NetFamilyNews.org.

  • ProtectKids.com is an Internet safety site with abundant resources and information devoted to safeguarding children and families on the Internet. The site is run by Internet safety advocate Donna Rice Hughes. Visit www.ProtectKids.com.
  • The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for children (ages 5–17), parents, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet. Visit www.NetSmartz.org
  • Enough Is Enough is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to make the Internet safe for children and families. Visit www.enough.org.
  • The CyberSmart! School Program empowers students to use the Internet safely, responsibly, and effectively. The CyberSmart! Curriculum provides an original, professionally developed, standards-based curriculum that is nonsequential for flexible implementation by technology teachers, librarians, media specialists, and classroom teachers. Lesson plans and activity sheets are easily downloadable free of charge. Tips for how parents can work with their children to improve computer and Internet safety and security are also provided. Visit www.CyberSmart.org.
  • SafeKids.com provides Internet safety advice for parents of young children. The site is operated by the Online Safety Project. Visit www.safekids.com.
  • CyberAngels is an international organization dedicated to providing Internet safety information and resources to parents and educators. It’s available to help victims with the process of identifying and collecting evidence to report to law-enforcement agencies in cases of Internet crime. Visit www.CyberAngels.org.

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To learn more about Internet use in general:

  • The Consortium for School Networking is a nonprofit association that promotes the use of the Internet and information technologies to improve learning in K–12 schools. Its members include school districts, intermediate/county units, state departments of education, state networks, individuals, and companies that are committed to this goal. Visit www.cosn.org.
  • The Safeguarding the Wired Schoolhouse project helps school leaders understand how they can help ensure positive online experiences for students by providing information on both their options for managing Internet access and their responsibilities under existing laws. Visit www.safewiredschools.org.
  • The UCLA Center for Communication Policy is committed, through its research, conferences, and other activities, to the formation of effective policy in the media and technology fields. Working with policy leaders in government and industry at the national and international level, as well as with journalists, parents, and concerned citizens is a central part of the center’s mission. Visit www.ccp.ucla.edu.

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