Resources & Materials
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.
Internet Safety Pledge [PDF]
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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.
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.