BeWebSmart has tips and guides for parents on how to keep their families safe and productive online. At this site, you will find practical information on how to set up filters as well as app reviews.
Amy Lang coaches parents on how to have those uncomfortable sex talks. Her thoughtful and scripts are an excellent resources for opening the door to talking about sexting or online pornography with your children.
Common Sense Media is an outstanding resource for parents. It provides information and tools to help families choose and manage media in their lives. If you have questions about a specific app or need tips on managing screen time this is the site to turn to first.
ConnectSafely is a nonprofit organization that publishes safety tips, parents’ guides, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy. Both Anne Collier and Larry Magid write thought provoking pieces about growing up digital.
CSID offers identity protection for families. CSID bloggers share how to spot identity theft and what to do if this happens. They also write about how to protect your family from identity theft online and at school.
This website provides the latest information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. It has excellent resource for parents including ways to help you prevent and respond to cyberbullying incidents.
Dr. Elizabeth Englander directs the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, which delivers free anti-violence and anti-bullying programs, resources, and research to K-12 Education. She has also published a serious of parenting guides to help parents and teens deal with bullying and cyberbullying.
The ESRB, Entertainment Software Review Board assigns ratings to video games and apps so parents can make informed choices. ESRB ratings, ranging from E for everyone to M for mature, appear on nearly every computer or video game. On their website and mobile app, parents can read reviews and find out why a game received a certain rating.
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is an international, non-profit membership organization working to develop a safer internet by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods. FOSI brings together internet safety advocates to discuss the current pulse of online safety and develop new solutions to keep children safe in our Web 2.0 world.
iKeepsafe is a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping families and communities have safe and healthy experiences with technology and the internet. To this end, they have developed the created the iKeepSafe BEaPRO™ Parent app as well as published a series of parenting guides.
McAfee hosts a family internet safety blog. McAfee bloggers provide families with the latest security tips and online trends to keep everyone safe.
If you have a specific question about kids and technology, the mediatrician has probably answered it. The mediatrician is Dr. Michael Rich who is the Director of the Center on Media and Child Health. He provides science-based answers and practical solutions to help families use media in ways that can enrich their lives.
MTV’s AThinLine campaign aims to empower teens to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse. The campaign is built on the understanding that there is a “thin line” between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious consequence. Teens can identify their line by taking quizzes, listening to stories and reading tips for how to address digital drama. This campaign also publishes an excellent series of studies on what teens are doing and seeing online.
NetSmartz is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17 with resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations.
Devorah Heitner is the founder and director of Raising Digital Natives. Her website is a fantastic resource for parents and schools on how to help children thrive in a digital world. Her blog is full of insights on how kids are using technology and how parents can support their use and keep them safe. Also, check out her TedX talk on raising kids in a digital world.
If you are a visual learner bookmark safe smart and social. This website is full of clear, concise videos to keep parents up to speed on all of the latest apps and social media.
Sue Scheff is prolific writer on internet safety and teens. Her sound advice can be found on Huffington Post, Family Online Safety Institute and many other blogs. To keep up to date on her latest post about how to keep your teen safe online check out her personal blog under Parenting and Internet Safety articles
Webwise is in Ireland. Their mission is to promote safer use of the Internet and mobile phones by schoolchildren in Ireland, their parents & teachers. Webwise has some great app reviews and information about teaching children how to stay safe online. Their goal is to teach families how to transform actual dangers into risks so kids can master the internet and become responsible users.
Parry Atfab is the founder and Executive Director of WiredSafety, which provides online safety, education, and help with privacy and security issues. Wired Safety’s team of volunteers administer specialized websites, resources and programs focusing on cyberbullying, online harassment, cybercrimes, privacy and security.
Mary Kay Hoal created Yoursphere a social network designed for children to share their interests and talents with the world through “spheres”. She also writes a blog Yoursphere for Parents to help bridge the digital literacy gap between parents and their children by providing how-to’s, tools and information that empower parents to help their families have a healthy and positive online experience.