The Importance of Internet Safety

  • In 21st century society citizenship has a digital dimension.
    • Digital citizenship demands a new awareness of what it means to preserve personal safety online and engage civic life responsibly and effectively.
    • Digital citizenship demands a new awareness that there are long-lasting implications to web publishing and that responsible personal conduct within the online environment is no different than responsible personal conduct face-to-face.
    Student, parents and teachers have resources available to help educate users on the risks to using the Internet.  Please use these links to learn more...

    Internet Safety Brochure

    Cyber Safety Brochure

    Cyber Safety: Tips for Safe Surfing, is a full-color, two-page brochure for parents and teens. Schools may print this as a brochure and distribute to their families.

    Download the brochure
    The brochure is available as a PDF download in nine languages:

    English | Tagalog | Spanish | Cambodian | Korean
    Russian | Somali | Ukrainian | Vietnamese

    Selected Resources

    The following are a few selected links and resources which provide background and context for adults and can help teach youth online safety. Many sites provide links to additional resources.

    Teacher / Parent Background Resources

    Common Sense Media: A resources dedicated to providing the trustworthy information and education in the world of media and technology.

    Connect Safely: Safety tips, advice, news and resources for parents, educators and youth.

    Cyberbullying Research Center: The Cyberbullying Research Center provides up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.

    Family Online Safety Institute: FOSI works to make the online world safer for kids and their families.

    Get Net Wise: GetNetWise is a public service of the Internet industry and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences

    National Crime Prevention Council: Cyberbullying information from the NCPC.

    NetCetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online: A downloadable booklet from the FCC to help adults talk to kids about online safety. Also available in Spanish.

    Net Family News: Kid-Tech news for parents.

    NetSmartz: Classroom and background information and resources from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    Sexting Information

    Sexting is not a singular thing. It covers a range of possible actions and motivations. Sexting is online communication involving youth produced sexually explicit or suggestive images created and shared through the use of personal communication technologies. Sexting response requires clear policies and procedures, common sense, compassion and a known plan of action. Discuss sexting with your legal office before a situation arises.

    Sexting: A Typology: A definition and examination of sexting from the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center.

    Sexting: A Brief Guide for Educators and Parents: A brief overview from the Cyberbullying Research Center.

    Classroom Curriculum Resources

    CyberSmart: Classroom materials around digital safety for grades K-12 from Common Sense Media.

    Hector’s World: A resource from New Zealand to help young people learn about safe online practices and digital citizenship.

    Mop the Net Day: A school-based opportunity for students to delete, change, modify or otherwise update their online images. The attached materials include a template each for getting ready, spring cleaning, and follow-up.


    NetSmartz: Classroom and background information and resources from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    Safe Online Surfing: An Internet safety and cyber citizenship program for teachers and students from the FBI.

    Stay Safe Online: Resources from the National Cyber Security Alliance.

    Youth Resources

    A Thin Line: A site created by MTV to empower youth to identify, respond to, and stop digital abuse among young people. A Thin Line has recently added a Grown Ups link for parents and educators.

    NetSmartz: Classroom and background information and resources from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.