Resources & Materials
At Home & Online: Tips for Virtual Learners
Check out the links below for some great resources to help with activities for the kids, stress reduction for your family, and safety tips for increased screen time.
Looking for general online safety information? Click the tabs to the left for additional resources, such as podcasts, online modules, tip sheets, and more!
- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Common Sense: Wide Open School
Pro-tech-ting Children Online
Wisconsin Department of Justice and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction have teamed up to provide information about helping kids use online digital tools and resources in a responsible way. This video session focuses on how to be proactive in planning, how to be reactive to situations that occur, and what resources and supports exist for you to rely on throughout this process. Click the image below to learn more about how you can help prepare kids for online environments and what to watch for as their trusted adult.
For interactive modules on online safety, please visit the interact! tab.
Parent Resources & Online Safety Tips
- The best way to protect your children online is through creating and maintaining open lines of communication. Internet safety is about parenting --- software programs alone will not protect your children.
- Prepare your children for the online world as you would the real world. Talk to them about dangers and risks online. Talk with your children about their online activity, including the websites they are visiting, the people they are communicating with, the information they are posting about themselves, and any situations that make them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused.
- Establish a positive relationship with your children before someone else does. Online predators will tell your children that they love them --- you should do the same.
- Place computers in common areas where supervision can occur. Remember that smart phones have Internet access, too!
- Sign an Internet safety pledge with your child.
- Create and post Internet use guidelines and rules.
- Know your child's passwords, screen names and account information.
- Advise your children against downloading items from unknown sources. The items may be inappropriate for your children to see, may contain copyrighted material, or may infect your computer with viruses.
- Learn as much as you can about the Internet and the places your children are visiting. Keep current on child exploitation trends on the Internet.
- Report online child exploitation incidents to the CyberTipline. You can also contact the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force at (608) 266-1671, or call local law enforcement.
- interact Resource Page: Basic Online Safety Steps (with links)
Internet Safety Pledge [PDF]
Brochures & Handouts
NetSmartz Brochures & Handouts
Talking to Teens About Sexting
Social Media Safety Guides
Social Networking Tips for Parents
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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
Report online child exploitation incidents to the CyberTipline. NCMEC's CyberTipline is the nation's centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children.
NetSmartz is the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)'s online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children to be safer online.
A collaboration between the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the White House to safeguard children online.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, are working to create awareness about Internet Safety. This site provides a compilation of resources, tools, and information to empower all stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, and administrators) to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions about technology use.
ICAC/iKeepSafe Incident Response Tool for Schools
Technology and the Internet have become indispensable educational tools. However, educators and school resource officers know that our digital world is filled with risks and dangers. With the widespread use of mobile devices and computers in schools today, there has been an increase in privacy and security issues in addition to incidents involving illegal and harmful activity. It takes the right tools and a collaborative approach involving educators, law enforcement, and parents, to effectively prevent and resolve technology-related incidents in schools and create a safer technology environment for students. Visit the website above for tools and resources to address technology related incidents.
Gaming/Online Gaming Resources
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is the non-profit, self-regulatory body that assigns ratings for video games and apps so parents can make informed choices. The ESRB rating system encompasses guidance about age-appropriateness, content, and interactive elements.
The Alicia Project
Check out the Alicia Project for Internet Safety Tips and other great Internet Crimes Against Children news and legislation updates.
Conference & Event Requests
The Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation's ICAC Task Force, in partnership with Task Force affiliates, offers online safety presentations for events upon request. Due to staffing limitation and scheduling issues, flexibility may be required. If you are hosting a conference or large-group event and would like to request an Internet safety presentation, please send your request to .