The Internet is a wonderful place to visit and have fun, but it has its dangers too. Following these simple rules will help keep you safe online:
- Be skeptical - Not everything that glitters is gold, especially on the Internet, and not everyone online who claims to be a teenager, is.
- Don't meet Internet "friends" in person - Children should not meet someone in person that they met on the Internet.
- Don't post personal information - Children should not post or send their personal identifying information, including their picture, to others.
- Tell a trusted adult - Children need to tell parents, or a trusted adult, if someone they are talking to on the Internet has asked them for personal information, has made them feel uncomfortable, has attempted to meet them in person or has threatened to commit a violent act against themselves or others.
- Treat others the way that you would want to be treated - Before sending out an embarrassing or hurtful message consider that there is a real person on the other end of the computer who may be hurt by your actions. Also, threatening messages, intended as a joke or not, may result in the filing of criminal charges.
- Think before you click - Once it's gone, it's gone forever. Think before hitting the send button
Child Internet Safety Sites
The following links will lead you to sites with information on Internet Safety. These sites are independent of, and have no relationship with, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. In short, we have no control over and are not responsible for their content.
- NetSmartz - A program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that offers Internet safety resources for parents, educators, teens, tweens, kids and law enforcement
- BestBuy Keep Your Kids Safe Online There are an unfathomable amount of sites and apps you don't want your kid to see. Managing your child's online activity can seem like a daunting task. Now, it's easier than ever thanks to intelligent new products, handy software and built-in safety settings. Here are just a few ways to help establish a kid-friendly network.
- WiredSafety - "WiredSafety is the largest and oldest online safety, education, and help group in the world. Originating in 1995 as a group of volunteers rating websites, it now provides one-to-one help, extensive information, and education to cyberspace users of all ages on a myriad of Internet and interactive technology safety, privacy and security issues. These services are offered through a worldwide organization comprised entirely of unpaid volunteers who administer specialized websites, resources and programs." Their founder and executive director is Parry Aftab, Esq., an attorney who specializes in Internet law.
- SafeKids.Com - According to USA Today, SafeKids.Com is "A complete safe-surfing kit and collection of information for parents. This site lays out the rules, the risks, the products and the issues." (Operated by Larry Magid, who is a columnist for the L.A. Times)
- Disney's Internet Safety page - Disney's guide to Internet child safety. Tips on safe surfing, a list of Internet safety resources and safety rules.
- FBI Parent's Guide to the Internet - Internet safety tips for parents brought to you by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- GetNetWise - According to their site, "GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences." GetNetWise is a project of the Internet Education Foundation.
- A Parent's Guide to the Internet - This is another site run by Parry Aftab, Esq., which is based on her book A Parent's Guide to the Internet …and how to protect your children in cyberspace.
- Federal Trade Commission - Child Internet safety articles from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
- Cyberbullying - Information on Cyberbullying
- Smart Phone Apps - Information on smart phone applications, or "apps".
- FBI's Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge - The FBI's Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge is a Web site designed for third- through eighth-grade teachers and students to learn about safe online surfing in age-appropriate "lesson games". According to the site, "[t]op scoring schools in each category nationwide are awarded the FBI-SOS cyber trophy."
- NS Teens - A partnership between Sprint® and NetSmartz® Workshop dedicated to teaching teens and tweens about making safer choices online.
- Yahoo! Safely - An Internet Safety resource for kids and parents from Yahoo!.
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - As the nation's resource center for child protection, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spearheads national efforts to locate and recover missing children and raises public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation.
- PC Magazine Picking Parental Controls - PC Magazine's guide to picking parental controls.
Kid-Safe Search Engines
- KidsClick - Extensive catalogue of kid safe sites created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System.
- Safe Search Kids - Google's kid friendly search engine.
- 700+ Great Sites! - A collection of Web sites geared towards children.
- PC Magazine's Safe Shopping Tips - 11 tips for safe online shopping from PC Magazine.
- PC World's Safe Shopping Tips - Safe online shopping tips from PC World Magazine.
Online Fraud Information
- Fraud.org - Information on various types of fraud, including Internet and telemarketing fraud, from Fraud.org, a project of the National Consumers League.
- "Nigerian" Email Scams - Information on "Nigerian" email scams from the Federal Trade Commission
- Internet Auction Fraud - FBI - Helpful tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of Internet auction fraud from the FBI. (link is )
- Prosecutor's Office Identity Theft Page - Additional information concerning Identity Theft from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.
- Identity Theft Resource Center - A non-profit organization devoted to helping people avoid and recover from identity theft.
- Identity Theft - Federal Trade Commission - Information on identity theft and what to do when someone steals your identity from the Federal Trade Commission.
- Identity Theft - Department of Justice - Information on identity theft and what to do when someone steals your identity from the Department of Justice.
- Coping with Identity Theft: Reducing the Risk of Fraud - From the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
- Fight Identity Theft - Clear, concise directions on how to prevent identity theft and what to do if your identity is stolen.
- Identity Theft - IRS - Information on Phishing and Identity Theft from the IRS.
Home Network and Computer Security
- Home Network Security - Best practices for securing your home network from the National Security Agency.
- The Ultimate Guide to Home Networking - Information on setting up and securing a home network (wired or Wi-Fi) from PC World Magazine.
Facebook Privacy Settings
- Avoid Facebook Disasters - from PC World Magazine.
- Facebook privacy: a guide - from Ars Technica.
- Facebook Privacy - Help and information on Facebook's privacy settings from Facebook.
Youtube Parental Guidance
- Parental Guidance on Web Video for Children - From the NY Times.