Here are some resources from the Microsoft’ Internet Safety Toolkit below to help keep you kids and family safe online:
• StaySafe.org (http://www.staysafe.org) – Educational site intended to help consumers understand both the positive aspects of the Internet as well as how to manage a variety of safety and security issues that exist online
• Be Web Aware (http://www.bewebaware.org) – National, bilingual public education program on Internet safety designed to ensure that young Canadians benefit from the Internet, while being safe and responsible in their online activities
• Safe Kids Worldwide (http://www.safekids.org) – Global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under
• WebSafe Crackerz (http://www.websafecrackerz.com) – Interactive games and puzzles designed to help teenagers and offer strategies for dealing with different situations online including spam, phishing, and scams
• GetNetWise (http://www.getnetwise.org) – Public service offered by a coalition of Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations that want Internet users to be only “one click away” from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family’s use of the Internet
• iSafe (http://www.isafe.org) – Worldwide leader in Internet safety education; incorporates classroom curriculum with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the Internet a safer place
• International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (http://www.icmec.org) – Global agency that promotes the safety and well-being of children through activism, policy development and multinational coordination
• Interpol (http://www.interpol.int) – International police organization that facilitates crossborder police cooperation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities, and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime
• UNICEF (http://www.unicef.org) – Global advocate for the protection of children’s rights dedicated to providing long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and parents in developing countries
• ECPAT (http://www.ecpat.net) – Network of organizations and individuals working together to eliminate the commercial sexual exploitation of children
• INHOPE (http://inhope.org) – International association that supports Internet hotlines in their aim to respond to reports of illegal content to make the Internet safer
• Childnet International (http://www.childnet-int.org) – Non-profit organization that works in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children
• SafeKids.com (http://www.safekids.com) – Resources to help families make the Internet and technology fun, safe, and productive
• Net Family News (http://netfamilynews.org) – Non-profit public service providing a forum and “kid-tech news” for parents and educators in more than 50 countries
• Microsoft Security At Home (http://www.microsoft.com/protect) – Information and resources to help the public protect their computers, protect themselves, and protect their families
• Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use (http://csriu.org) – Organization providing provide outreach services addressing the issues of the safe and responsible use of the Internet Microsoft Internet Safety Toolkit | 21
• WiredSafety (http://www.wiredsafety.org) – Online safety, education, and help group that offers help for online victims of cyber-crime and harassment, assistance to law enforcement worldwide on preventing and investigating cyber-crimes, and information on all aspects of online safety, privacy and security.
• National Council for Motherhood and Childhood (http://www.nccm.org.eg) – Egyptian organization dedicated to supporting childhood and motherhood from a rights-based approach
• NetAlert Limited (http://netalert.net.au) – Non-profit community organization established by the Australian government
In addition to these education resources above, I have also provided a list of Family Protection Software reviewed on:
Best Parental Control Software Review – “Editor’s Choice”
Parental Control – SafeEyes Platinum content filter and parental control filter monitoring software will allow you to block porn, popups and more. “Editor’s Choice”
Content Filtering – Net Nanny internet filtering software was produced to filter, stop, and monitor internet porn sites. “Editor’s Choice”
Content Filtering – ContentPrtotect is now combined with the Net Nanny web filter and is listed as one of our top filters. “Editor’s Choice”
Parental Control Software – Use the BsafeHome parental controls for internet blocking of porn and sits that are objectionable. “Editor’s Choice”
Cybersitter content filter software stops profanity, sex, nudity and pornography internet web sites from your computer.
Internet Blocking Software – Act Mon Computer Control internet filtering software will keep an eye on and filter computer and PC workstations.
Internet Filter Software Review – CyberPatrol 7 will watch who is permitted admittance to the internet, and filter everyplace those users surf on the internet.
Internet Filters Software – Guardian Monitor monitors Peer to Peer, instant messaging, chat rooms, emails and websites.
Internet Parental Software – Childwebguardian blocks profanity, sex, nudity, violence, adult websites, pornography, and more.
Parental Controls Filters – ComputerCOP scans and views a computer, allowing parents a easy way to locate if the computer system has been incorrectly used.
Parental Control Internet Filter – SOS KidProof is the most far-reaching, well-featured software program offered for protecting and viewing your children’s website activity.
While I cannot guarantee the reliability of these 3rd party sites and services, I do hope these resources are a helpful start in educating yourself and others about online cyber threats and responsible ways to deal with those threats.