Thursday, November 26, 2015

Resources to help keep kids safe online

Here are some resources for yourself and child to learn more navigating the Internet in a safe way.

Resources to help keep kids safe online


Yesterday, regular blog contributor Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA, discussed how parents and caregivers can stay on top of their child’s online activities. Here are some additional resources to help kids stay safe online.

  • KidsHealth has a section on internet safety that looks at internet safety laws, warning signs your child is being targeted by predator, and online protection tools.

The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, an independent non-profit organization, recommends the following resources below.The PCA promotes healing and justice for child sexual abuse victims in Philadelphia by conducting state of the art forensic interviews, providing victim support services, collaborating with other agencies required to be part of an investigation and leading the development of an integrated response.

  • NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5 to 17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
  • NetSmartz411 is parents' and guardians' premier, online resource for answering questions about Internet safety, computers, and the Web.
  • The Congressionally-mandated CyberTipline is a means for reporting crimes against children including:

Possession, manufacture, and distribution of child pornography
Online enticement of children for sexual acts
Child prostitution
Sex Tourism Involving Children
Extrafamilial Child Sexual Molestation
Unsolicited Obscene Material Sent to a Child
Misleading Domain Names
Misleading Words or Digital Images on the Internet

Reports may be made 24-hours a day, 7 days a week online at or by calling 1-800-843-5678.

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