Student's Guide to Internet Security & Safety
The Internet has revolutionized the way human beings interact with the world. At the click of a mouse, anybody can
access a worldwide library of information, entertainment, and social media! The Internet makes it easy for people to
express themselves and network with like-minded individuals. While the Internet offers a fascinating way to connect
to the world around us, it also presents new dangers.
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In order to prevent potentially serious security issues, students should know how to protect sensitive
information when working online.
Children and teens need to know about the reality of these dangers to avoid becoming a target. In fact, a large
percentage of Internet predators target children. Identity theft, cyberbullying, cyberstalking, hacking, and
predators are all things that children and teens need to worry about. As a result, many parents, teachers, and
government agencies have made efforts to educate children about the dangers of the Internet. While this may help,
children need to learn how to recognize the warning signs of these dangers to prevent themselves from getting
victimized. It also helps to learn coping strategies to overcome the effects of victimization once it does happen.
By taking a proactive approach, parents and educators can help children avoid some of the common dangers
associated with Internet misuse. These security tips and online safety guides are an excellent resource for
students of all ages.
- Cyberbullying Prevention - The NetSmartz Workshop
addresses Cyberbullying Prevention, an aggressive form of bullying using Internet applications and
- Safe Online
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provides several interactive games
that teach children the dangers of the Internet.
- An Interactive Guide To Staying Safe On The
- This kid-friendly, interactive guide to staying safe on the Internet
addresses common pitfalls, including Cyberbullying Prevention, identity theft, What is a Computer virus,
and other related dangers.
- Heads Up - The Federal Trade Commission's
video is great for summarizing all of the reasons to be careful online.
- Safety Tips for GPS Location-Sharing (PDF)
- You should follow these safety tips when using GPS location-sharing software.
- How to Stop Cyberbullying - Parents and kids can prevent Cyberbullying from happening to
them if they follow these important rules.
- Net Cetera: Stand Up to Cyberbullying -
The FCC explains a new form of bullying that goes beyond the playground.
- Internet Safety Tips for Children and
- This is a great list of helpful tips and ideas to keep in mind when browsing
- Child Identity Theft Protection Kit -
Thieves can steal your identity online and start buying things with your or your parents money.
- Cybersecurity: A Guide for Parents to Keep Kids Safe Online
- Here is another really good list of tips and tricks for staying safe.
- Keep Your Child Safe Online - Parents and
children can follow the guidelines, discussion points, and tips for keeping safe online.
- Stop. Think. Connect. -
OnGuard teaches kids about Internet safety and security, including ways to share and interact with others
over the Internet without risk.
- Top 10 Tips for Mobile Phone Safety -
These are some great tips for staying safe when using your phone.
- Constant Messaging: What is It? - When
somebody sends unwanted text messages repeatedly to another person, it becomes classified as harassment or
- Kids and Computer Security - Kids can learn the
basics of computer security, including the risks associated with peer2peer file sharing, phishing, and
- Carnegie Cyber Academy: Training
- Become a cadet and learn the secrets to Internet security and safety.
- Dangers of Online Chatting -
Dangers of Online Chatting teaches students how to keep safe while chatting online using mobile devices,
messenger clients, e-mail services, and games.
- Childnet International shows kids how to search the Internet safely without running into
- Examples of Cyberbullying -
Udemy identifies examples of cyberbullying and its effects
- Defend Safety Land against a nasty character that keeps terrorizing kids with
unwanted messages and e-mails.
- Preventing Cyberbullying - Learn
about the steps and ways to avoid bullying, cyber or otherwise.
- Social Networking - Childline explains ways for children
to remain safe while on social networking websites, such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
- 5 Rules for Staying Safe on the
- Popular Mechanics shares five general rules for staying safe on the Internet
and warns against phishing, malware, data theft, and privacy invasion.
- Internet Safety WebQuest - Learn tips and techniques for staying safe online.
- Staying Wise and Safe Online - Students must
convince their parents, teachers, and other faculty members that the Internet plays an important role in
learning. If the students fail to convince their parents about the advantages of the Internet, it could
effectively ban its use permanently.
- Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright - A
lot of people assume that if it's online, it's free. Protect yourself by observing and respecting copyright.
Don't partake in piracy or file-sharing!
- Cyber Security: Spam,
Scams, Frauds and Identity Theft
- Learn about spam, phishing, identity theft, and
other financial-related scams that take place through the Internet.
- Learning Works for Kids empowers kids to take control over their web
- Internet Safety - KidsHealth addresses the important issues
surrounding Internet safety, including Internet safety laws, online protection tools, warning signs, and
- Facebook: Playing it Safe for Teens -
If you use social networking sites like Facebook – take their advice, keep it safe, and report to them if
something looks suspicious!
- BrainPOP Jr.: Internet Security - Watch
this video to learn more about Internet security.
- The Walt Disney Company: Internet
- Read over these guidelines and rules to learn more about Internet
- What is a Computer Virus? - A lot of parents and
adults talk about "viruses", "trojans", or "malware" and this resource discusses what those things are.
- Cyber Safety - This is a fact sheet that covers important
safety information for children who frequently use the Internet on their computers and mobile devices.
- Talking to Kids and
Teens About Social Media and Sexting
- Social media and sexting has increased among
teenagers. Unfortunately, many predators use social media outlets to choose their targets.
- Safety on the Internet - The Palo Alto Medical
Foundation shares important facts about Internet security and safety.
- Phishing Scams - Avoid getting baited into phishing scams
when playing this game.
- Safe Online Surfing Challenge - Uncover
important Internet security tips under numbers 1 to 10, and then take the post-quiz for an evaluation.
- Internet Safety - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) covers the basics of Internet security for children to understand.
- Internet Safety For Kids - Follow these tips to
keep yourself safe when surfing the Internet.
- Cyber Five: Internet Safety - Play this
animated game to learn more about Internet safety basics.
- Social Networking Sites: A
Predator's Playground? (PDF)
- Learn how social networking websites can be a very
dangerous playground with predators looking for their victims.
- Who's Chatting to Your Kids? (PDF) -
Beware of predators chatting with your kids. Kids should also beware of predators lurking on social
networking websites, instant messaging clients, forums, and online chatrooms.
- COPPA: Children's Online Privacy Protection
- The Federal Trade Commission has placed restrictions on websites collecting data
on children under the age of thirteen.
- 11 Facts About Cyber Bullying - Learn about
Cyberbullying Prevention by reading these eleven facts.
- Dealing with Cyberbullying: Tips for Kids and Parents to Prevent and Stop Cyberbullying - Parents and their children can use these tips for
- How to Protect Your Child From Online
- CNN offers some tips and suggestions for protecting children from the
harassment of their peers.
- Text Bullying - ABC News explains a new problem happening in
schools that involve bullying over text messages, which actually hurts students more than face-to-face
bullying on the playground.
- Electronic Aggression - The Center for Disease
Control recognizes technology as being a mode of communication used for bullying.
- How Can You Protect Yourself from
- For girls everywhere, Cyberbullying can really hurt your
self-esteem. This article talks about the types of Cyberbullying and how to avoid them.
- Dealing with Cyberbullying - Make a Difference
for Kids shares coping strategies that children can use to overcome the effects of Cyberbullying
- Don't Be Cyberbullied ... Delete The Digital
- Read over this guide to stomp out bullying.
- Cyber-Bullying and its Effect on
- Read over this article to learn more about the effects of Cyberbullying on our youth.