Resources for Parents: Cyberbullying and Internet Safety
A selection of organizations and resources covering a variety of parenting topics.
A Thin Line (/www.athinline.org/)
Geared towards teens, put out by MTV. Things that start out as a funny wall post, a sarcastic photo comment, or a flirty text can turn hurtful, obnoxious, or even abusive faster that you can hit "reply all". The line between what's okay and what's not gets blurrier every day. Get the facts about boundary-defying activities like constant messaging, spying and digital disrespect -- so you'll know where the line is, and be ready to draw your own.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) (www.ceop.gov.uk/)
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. They are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.
Childnet International (childnet-net.org/)
Childnet International's mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. Offers safety advice for parents and children as well as "stay safe" games and links to other resources.
Offers movie, game, website, TV, book and music reviews and for what age they are appropriate. Advice for parents and educators.
Teaches smart online socializing. ConnectSafely is for parents, teens, educators, advocates -- everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web. The user-driven, all-media, multi-platform, fixed and mobile social Web is a big part of young people's lives, and this is the central space -- linked to form social networks across the Web -- for learning about safe, civil use of Web2.0 together. This forum is also designed to give teens and parents a voice in the public discussion about youth online safety begun in the 1990s. ConnectSafely also has all kinds of social-media safety tips for teens and parents, the latest youth-tech news, and many other resources.
Cyberbullying Discussion and Support - Canada (www.cyberbullying.ca/)
Spend some time on this Web site learning what you can about cyberbullying. Canadian telecommunications companies and Canadian Internet Service Providers work with Bullying.org in a proactive, educational initiative that will help make the public more aware of cyberbullying, how to prevent it and what to do if you and/or those you know and care for are ever cyberbullied.
The Family Online Safety Institute works to make the online world safer for kids and their families by identifying and promoting best practice, tools and methods in the field of online safety, that also respect free expression. This is done through the development of public policy, technology, education and special events. FOSI is a trusted convenor, bringing together leaders in government, industry and the nonprofit sectors to collaborate and develop new solutions in child safety in a Web 2.0 world
Kids Help Phone (www.kidshelpphone.ca/Kids/InfoBooth/Bullying/Cyberbullying.aspx)
Information on cyberbullying. Shows kids how to block people from their email or their cell phones. Has a place where kids can talk online about problems, also the phone option for kids who just need to talk to someone.
Cartoon appeal, areas for kids, teens, parents/guardians, educators and law enforcement. The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. Includes games to test your web smarts.
STOP cyberbullying (stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html)
This Web site has been designed as an interactive resource, able to deliver information on cyberbullying quickly. Each item is available for download, either in Microsoft Word Document or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) so that visitors can build information packs or handouts, according to what they need to teach or research.
Teenangels are thirteen to eighteen year old volunteers who have been specially trained in all aspects of online safety, privacy and security. After completion of the required training, the Teenangels run unique programs in schools to spread the word about responsible and safe surfing to other teens and younger kids, parents, and teachers. Tweenangels (www.tweenangels.org/)An offshoot of WiredSafety's award-winning teen cybersafety expert group, Teenangels, Tweenangels gets students aged seven to twelve involved.
Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what's good, what's not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there's an area for you too -- with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there's also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
As the leading internet privacy services provider, TRUSTe helps thousands of businesses promote online safety and trust, and guides consumers to sites that protect their online privacy. TRUSTe helps consumers click with confidence and online companies promote their Web site privacy policies online. Thousands of Web sites rely on TRUSTe's privacy, including top-fifty sites like Yahoo, Facebook, MSN, eBay, AOL, Disney, New York Times, Comcast and Apple.
Web Aware - Cyberbullying (www.bewebaware.ca/english/cyberbullying.html)
Be Web Aware is a national bilingual public education program on Internet safety. The initiative was developed and supported by Media Awareness Network (MNet), Bell and Microsoft Canada.
WiredSafety provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. They help victims of cyberabuse ranging from online fraud, cyberstalking and child safety, to hacking and malicious code attacks. They also help parents with issues, such as Social Networking (MySpace, Facebook, etc.) and Cyberbullying.