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"Keep your Kids Safe"
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A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
Brought to you by the FBI, this site offers helpful definitions, and information as to what are the signs that your child might be at risk online.

CyberAngels
Provides online classes on many topics concerning Internet issues. Available are tips for parents, a Parental Agreement, and more. 

GetNetWise.org
An Online Safety Guide that has age-related safety tips, explains the types of risks online and privacy information.

The PoliceNotebook
Tips and tools for parents on keeping their kids safe online, notes, advice and warnings for parents and kids. Also advice for adults on online shopping , email chain letters and more.

Safe Kids
At this site, you'll "find tips, advice and suggestions to make your family's online experience fun and productive".

Safeteens.com
Subscribe to a free e-mail newsletter, how to protect your privacy and staying safe online are some of the topics at this site. 

Top Ten Netiquette Tips
From Disney Online, their top 10 best bets for good Internet etiquette. 

Electrical Safety World
This kid-friendly site is very informative about electrical safety - in the home and out. Brought to you by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Fire Administration Kids Page
Escape planning, smoke alarms and home fire safety are topics on this kids-friendly site.

Fire PALS Kid Safety Net
Kid safety games, quizzes, tips and music and videos are offered here.  There is also a parents and teachers section.

McGruff Homepage
National Crime Prevention Council Where you can have fun while learning to stay safe! "Take a Bite out of Crime

National SAFE KIDS Campaign
Promoting child safety to prevent unintentional injury.  Informative articles, product recalls and safety tips for parents.

NYS Department of State, Fire Safety for Kids, Main Page
Fire Lessons, Puzzles, Fireplace safety, Operation EDITH, and Escape Rules are a few of the topics at this site.

Traffic Safety Kids Page
From the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, this site covers traffic safety as well as safety issues with bikes, skates, car seats and seat belts.

 

KidzNPower.com
A video tape series you can purchase to teach children how to resist child abduction and victimization.

Missing & Exploited Children Clearinghouse - The AMBER Alert Plan
From the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, this site offers information about the NYS Amber Plan Activation Guidelines, and Alert Activation Regions. You will also find College Student Safety, Internet Safety, and information for parents and caregivers.

National Child Safety.org
Get a free ChildProof™ Identification Kit at this site for your own records.  "The ChildProof™ Identification Kit offers you the ability to not only fingerprint your child in the comfort and safety of your own home, but to store all your child’s vital information in one safe place."

Parents for Megan's Law
Prevention tips, News and Information, and offender registry information.

The Polly Klaas Foundation

Preventing Internet abduction, family abduction, runaways, and protecting kids from offenders are just a few of the topics covered by this nonprofit foundation. Also information on how to take proactive steps in times of crisis.

 


Tips for Parents

How to Protect Your Child on the Internet

The Internet has opened up a whole new world for our children. Research, homework help, museums, email, chatting, games, and more are readily available at the touch of a button. But there are certain things that our children need to be protected from too. With some knowledge and participation, you can help your child stay safe online. Here are some tips of what you can do to keep your children safe online. 

Learn about the Internet - Become more computer literate, and know what services your Internet Provider offer. Do they provide Parental Controls? Can your child create "profiles"? Their own web page? If so, monitor what they create. You may be surprised!

Discuss with your child about anonymity online. Explain to them that a person is not always who they represent themselves to be. That nice 10 year old girl they've been talking to may truly be a 40 year old man. 

Never allow your child to give out personal information such as their address, phone number, birth date. 

Do not allow your child to respond to messages that make them uncomfortable. Obscene or threatening messages should be forwarded to your Internet Service Provider (AOL, Suffolk Web, Optimum Online).

Do not allow your child to arrange a meeting with someone they have met online.

Consider "Blocking and Filtering" Software. These programs will actually block certain types of websites from being viewed on your computer. "Net Nanny" and  "Cyber Sitter" are two examples.

Help your child create their username. Avoid using personal information such as first and last name, birth date, and home town. 

Sit down with your child and agree on your own home policies.  Agree on time limits, types of websites your child may and may not visit, use of Instant Messaging and chat rooms.

Keep your online computer in a family living space to be able to monitor activities.

Tips for Kids

Never give your password to anyone other than your parents.

Do not agree to meet someone that you have met online, without getting your parent's permission.

Do not give out personal information like your first and last name, address, or phone number. 

If you ever come across anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell your parents or teacher.

Follow the guidelines set up by your parents. They are there to keep you safe!

Do not open email from people you do not know. These emails could contain a computer virus or inappropriate material. 

Remember your manners online. Words written are just as strong as words spoken. 

Play our Internet Safety Game Here!

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