Do you know who your kids are communicating with on-line? What web sites they are visiting? Do they have private access to their computers? Are your kids more familiar with: web sites | e-mail | instant messaging | chat rooms | blogging | file-sharing | and cell phones; than you are?
The internet has created a new way to access information and communicate with each other, however, at the same time it has created a whole new series of problems around child and youth safety, crime and other related issues.
The following web site information is intended to provide you with links to the best available information and tools that will help you understand the issues relating to the internet and Cyber Safety.
Where international web sites are included, they provide valuable and relevant information that can add to your knowledge of this borderless global issue.
Internet Safety for Teens
Click on the link in the right hand column to access our presentation Internet Safety for Teens. Either view the automated Power Point Show on your computer of download it for future viewing.
|The Media Awareness Network (MNet) has developed the Be Web Aware web site as a resource for parents to better understand their children's relation to the internet. Various topics review positive use of the internet, safety tips for kids aged 2 through 17, internet rules and risks, and taking action to report on-line problems. Also visit the MNet web site for additional information and interactive learning tools.|
|CyberTip!ca||Cybertip.ca is Canada's National Tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. It is a centralized web portal for receiving and addressing reports from the public regarding child pornography, luring, child sex tourism, and children who are exploited through prostitution. Cybertip.ca also provides the public with information, referrals and other resources to help Canadians keep their children safe while on the Internet.|
|CyberWise.org||CyberWise.org is learning hub that provides valuable information and interactive components for kids, teens, parents, educators and professionals.|
|Internet Safety - RCMP||The RCMP web page on Internet Safety provides information and guidance on a variety of resources.|
|NCECC||The RCMP National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) government web site|
|Virtual Global Task force (VGT)||
Launched in 2003 the Virtual Global Task force (VGT) is a collaborative initiative of law enforcement agencies around the globe including the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the UK, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the US Department of Homeland Security and Interpol. VGT's objectives are: to make the Internet a safer place; to identify, locate and help children at risk; and to hold perpetrators appropriately to account.
|Crimes Against Children (Interpol)||Interpol is a member of the Virtual Global Task force (VGT) and has a law enforcement connection in most countries in the world to assist in dealing with crimes against children and youth.|
|ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)||The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a member of the VGT and provides information on its Operation Predator initiative.|
|Net Safe Kids||Net Safe Kids is a web site supported by The National Academies (of Science, Engineering and Medicine) and provides discussion and helpful information on the good and bad of the internet.|
|Stay Safe Online||Stay Safe Online is a web site developed by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a public-private partnership in the US. The site provides general information on Cyber Security Practices to Stay Safe Online, including Protecting Your Children.|
|WiredSafety.org||Wired Safety is a volunteer charity organization dedicated to make the internet a safer place for children and families and notes itself as the world's largest online safety and help group.|
|The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is a member of the VGT and provides information and tips on internet safety, the latest news, advice for parents and youth, and a reporting mechanism.|
|Think U Know||Think U Know is an interactive education initiative of the CEOP Centre designed specifically for youth and provides information on how to have fun with technology, stay in control, stay safe, and report abuses.|
|ChildNet International||ChildNet International is a non-profit organization working to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”. The web site provides good information on internet safety and serves as a portal to a variety of ChildNet projects for youth and parents.|
|Chat Danger||The Chat Danger web site is specifically designed for children and youth and is a resource by ChildNet International providing guidance on e-communications involving young people and where they can lead.|
|Wise Kids||Wise Kids is a non profit UK organization promoting positive and safe internet use.|
|Australia and New Zealand|
|AHTCC (Australian High Tech Crime Centre)||AHTCC is the Australian government's nationally coordinated initiative to combat cyber crime related issues including child exploitation.|
|Internet Safety||The Australian Institute of Family Studies web site on Internet Safety provides a significant number of valuable links to related sites dealing with the protection of children and internet safety.|
|NetSafe||NetSafe is a web site developed by The Internet Safety Group (ISG) and is the choice for cyber safety in New Zealand. ISG is an independent non-profit organization whose members include police and law enforcement, the judiciary, government, educators, business, parents and youth.|