Digital Citizenship

OnGuard Online - provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology community to help you guard against internet fraud, secure your computers, and protect your privacy.

NetSmartz Workshop – This site was Co-Founded by Revé and John Walsh as a resource for parents, children, and educators to educate these groups on internet safety.  This site includes age appropriate videos, games, and lessons to empower all for their quest for digital citizenship and safety.

Common Sense Media  – Common Sense Media believes that media is an integral part of our children’s world.  This site provides parents and educators trustworthy information to guide student’s interaction with media.  This site includes reviews of movies, games, websites, TV, books, and music. Information on other topics including internet safety, digital citizenship, social networking and virtual worlds are available. – The iKeepSafe coalition promotes the safe and healthy use of technology and the internet through the use of a book series featuring the character Faux Paws the Techno Cat.  Elementary children learn about internet safety, cyber-bulling, balancing media time, and the dangers of downloading.

Digital Literacy and Citizenship – Common Sense Media provides this White Paper to Educate, Empower, and Protect America’s Kids

Own Your Space--Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online (PDF - 12.3MB) - Help teens ‘own their space’ online. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, or educator, you can keep up with the latest computer and online safety issues and help kids learn to avoid them. In partnership with security expert and author, Linda McCarthy, we offer a free downloadable version of her new book, “Own Your Space – Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online.” Written for Internet savvy “tweens” and teens specifically, this book is also a useful resource for the adults they rely on. Courtesy of Microsoft.

Internet Safety for Parents (40 MB PowerPoint 2007 in .zip archive) - NOTE: there are seven videos included in this file that are in .wmv format. Where applicable I have included links to YouTube.


PBS Frontline: Growing Up Online - excellent series on how the Internet and new communication tools and devices are changing the way our children are growing up. This is geared primarily for parents. The series is viewable online.

The Facebook Obsession from CNBC


GetNetWise - This site's Online Safety Guide covers, by age level and activity type, the online risks children and teenagers face. There is also a directory of online safety resources including filtering products, advice on reporting Internet safety problems, and a guide to children's Web sites. Sponsored by "Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that families have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences."


How to Keep Safe in Chat Rooms - This site provides information on the dangers of using unmoderated Internet chat rooms, and aims to "stimulate parents and caregivers to take greater interest in what their children are doing on the net and help them ensure that we all use the net safely." Includes an online chat simulation game, parents' guide, links to good chat room examples, and recommendations for keeping safe in online chat rooms. From Childnet International.


I-Safe America - "I-SAFE America is an Internet Safety Education Foundation with major emphasis on empowering kids/teens with knowledge on how to act responsibly and be safe online." The site includes a description of programs and materials that can be ordered for free to help instruct students, parents, educators, community leaders, and law enforcement nationwide. Features chat rooms and an online magazine for children.


NetSmartz Workshop: Keeping Kids and Teens Safe on the Internet - This site "uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet." Features online and "offline" activities, safety pledges, news, safety tips, and statistics. Topics include social networking sites, passwords, computer viruses, email, file sharing, and more. From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and National Boys and Girls Clubs of America.


Guide to Keeping Your Kids Safe Online - Tips for teens and parents to stay safe while online. Covers social networks like MySpace and Facebook.


CyberSmart - student lesson plans and activities - A guide for families for "making the Internet and technology fun, safe and productive." Features articles and information on online safety for parents and children, covering topics such as computer security, chat rooms, spyware, cell phones, and more. Includes the "Family Contract for Online Safety."


CyberAngels - helping you to parent your online child (a short video is available)


Internet Safety (Kenton County Kentucky) - huge collection of links.


GetNetWise - four areas of assistance; Online Safety Guide, Tools for Families, Websites for Kids, and Reporting Trouble


Kids' Rules for Online Safety - (from This would be good to print and post near your child's computer.


Parent's Guide to Internet Safety - from the FBI


Teen Safety on the Information Highway - a publication of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - also take a look at their

Guidelines for Parents


Selected blog posts about Internet Safety


Delicious links on Internet Safety

Cyberbully401 -- What is Cyberbullying? and Other Resources


Stop Bullying Now! -- What Can Adults Do? 


Center for the Safe and Responsible Internet Use --  Mobilizing educators, parents, students, and others to combat online social aggression


Kansas Safe Schools Resource Center -- Links to educational sites promoting Internet safety materials


Cyberbullying: Legal Issues -- The legal role of schools in dealing with cyberbullying cases.


Demystifying and Deescalating Cyber Bullying in the Schools: A Resource Guide for Cousnelors, Educators, and Parents (pdf) -- terminology, policies, procedures, interventions, and more.


STOP cyberbullying --  Why do kids bully?


CyberbullyNOT: Stop Online Social Cruelty


Selected blog posts about Cyberbullying


Delicious links on Cyberbullying


Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship - explore different facets of digital citizenship: etiquette, rights, responsibilities, law, security and more.


Cyberethics for Kids

Site by the U.S. Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. It provides adults, children and teens information on how to use the Internet safely and responsibly.


Digital Citizenship for Understanding - social networking site that helps parents and teachers "learn about today's social landscape, discover the pressing need for digital citizenship, and act to become better digital citizens."


Digital Citizenship (Kenton County Kentucky) - huge collection of links.


Selected blog posts about Digital Citizenship


Selected blog posts about Social Networking


Delicious links on Digital Citizenship - free service that will filter the internet for your entire house. The service runs on your router/wireless router and services any computer connected.

Tutorial on Vista Parental Controls


Tutorial on Mac OS X Leopard Parental Controls