Keep your family safe with these tips and tools
A Parent’s Guide to Today’s Technology
Focus on the Family
Help your family make smart decisions when it comes to smart phones and technology.
Families Managing Media
Families Managing Media provides resources to help parents reset their kid’s screen habits and reconnect with their families. They emphasize responsible and limited use of screens with proper parental checks and balances. They also provide trainings and seminars.
Carnegie Cyber Academy
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Cyber Academy is a free educational game for kids created by Carnegie Mellon University. “At the Academy, we train our cadets in online safety so that they can protect themselves and others from the attacks of malicious Cyber Villains. The Internet is a growing part of our daily lives. It is my hope that future generations will be able to continue exploring Cyberspace in a safe and secure way.” You can also find information for parents to set up internet filters and boundaries, as well as other resources.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
NetSmartz is an interactive, educational program designed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to teach children how to be safer on and offline. This program is designed for children 5-17 years of age, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. This program is meant to educate children on potential internet risk; to engage children in two-way conversations about those risks; and to empower children to prevent themselves from being exploited and to report any incidents of exploitation. The topics covered by this website include: blogging; cell phones; children as victims; cyber bullying; email, IM and chat rooms; gaming; inappropriate content; internet safety; predators; revealing too much; sexting; social networking; and webcams.
WiredSafety is a US charity that operates through volunteers worldwide. It is the largest and oldest online safety, education and help group in the world. It provides one to one help, supplies information, and educates cyberspace users of all ages about technology safety, privacy and security. All of the volunteers’ work is conducted online and is provided free of charge.
Internet Education Foundation
GetNetWise is a public service brought by internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that internet users have safe, constructive and educational or entertaining online experiences. This website is a project of the Internet Education Foundation. This website contains blogs and how-to tutorials for parents and users to learn how to keep their family’s online experiences safe and secure; to keep children safe online; to stop unwanted email and spam; to protect computers; and to keep personal information private.
Family Education Network
Family Education Network is a compilation of the internet’s content, resources and shopping for parents, teachers and kids. The mission of this organization is to provide an online consumer network of the best learning and information resources. This website provides articles to educate parents about possible dangers on the internet and about online etiquette so they can then pass on the information to their children.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is an independent non-profit dedicated to providing trustworthy information and education about media and technology. This organization rates media based on age appropriateness. Members of the leadership team may be contacted with any questions.
Enough is Enough
Enough is Enough is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fighting online pornography, child pornography, child stalking and sexual predation. EIE developed the Internet Safety 101 Program to educate, equip and empower parents, educators and other adults with the knowledge and resources to protect children from dangers that are associated with social networking sites, online gaming and mobile devices. This website provides information and statistics, as well as further organizations dedicated to helping parents and victims of online predators.
INTERNET SAFETY PRODUCTS
A Christian individual concerned with internet safety for children started Covenant Eyes; CE provides internet accountability software that monitors how the internet is used and sends a report to the person you select, and internet filtering software that lets you set time limits and blocks websites based on age.
American Family Online
AFO believes that a Christian believer needs an Internet service that supports our beliefs and values. Many companies say they are family-friendly, but what does that really mean? For AFO, it means protecting everyone in the family from Internet content that will come between you and God or you and your family. That means sites like Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, which are erotic and intended to be erotic, will be blocked for your protection. It means sites that promote promiscuous behavior and vulgarity will have bad content removed. It means we will do our best to protect you from the “dark side” of the Internet.
Safe Family by McAfee is Mac, PC, and iOS compatible software that protects your family from harmful content and other dangers on the internet. This feature rich tool protects through filters and reports.