Great Internet Safety Resources

Here are some other sites in the field of Internet safety, research and digital citizenship that we think are worth checking out. We may not always agree with everything they post, but we respect these groups and enjoy working with them.

  • Bullying and Cyberbullying Resources: A directory of hand-picked resources to help kids, parents and caregivers of people dealing with bullying and cyberbullying. Maintained by ConnectSafely sister-site,  SafeKids.com
  • Childnet International - A London-based nonprofit organization, Childnet provides online safety education to youth, parents, educators, and policymakers with a great deal of input from young people themselves. Childnet also serves as the UK’s national Safer Internet Centre.
  • Crimes Against Children Research Center - According to the CCRC, its mission is “to combat crimes against children by providing high-quality research and statistics to the public, policy makers, law enforcement personnel, and other child welfare practitioners.” Based at the University of New Hampshire, the CCRC “is concerned with research about the nature of crimes including child abduction, homicide, rape, assault, and physical and sexual abuse as well as their impact.”
  • Cyberbullying Research Center - Founded and operated by researchers Justin Patchin and Sameer Hinduja, the Cyberbullying Research Center is “dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Cyberbullying can be defined as ‘willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices’.”
  • CyberTipline.com - The US’s congressionally mandated CyberTipline is “a reporting mechanism for cases of child sexual exploitation including child pornography, online enticement of children for sex acts, molestation of children outside the family, sex tourism of children, child victims of prostitution, and unsolicited obscene material sent to a child.”
  • Embrace Civility in the Digital Age - operated by Eugene, Ore.-based Internet educator and author Nancy Willard, the provides advice and resources for schools’ effective prevention of and intervention against cyberbullying and other Internet-related risks.
  • Enough is Enough - a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting kids from pornography as well as sexual predators. They tend to take a bit more of a rules-based approach than we do, but we respect their commitment to and passion for keeping kids safe and admire their CEO Donna Rice Hughes.
  • Family Online Safety Institute - FOSI is an international non-profit organization that facilitates the meeting of thought leaders in technology and policy in order to find innovative solutions for children’s online safety.
  • GetNetWise.org - Run by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Internet Education Foundation, GetNetWise is one of the Web’s most comprehensive collections of information about children’s Internet safety and family computer security. The IEF also educates US lawmakers through the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee.
  • IKeepSafe - The organizatin’s missing is “to give parents, educators, and policymakers the information and tools which empower them to teach children the safe and healthy use of technology and the Internet.” The group is known for its Generation Safe project that “helps the whole school community navigate the digital environment by providing a comprehensive set of resources for all stakeholders: professional development (online videos), incident management, and a comprehensive self assessment.”
  • NetFamilyNews.org - a nonprofit public service for parents, educators, and everyone interested in young people’s use of technology, NetFamilyNews is the “community newspaper” of a vital interest community. Founded in 1999 by ConnectSafely.org co-director Anne Collier.
  • NetSmartz.org - online-safety education for kids, parents, educators, and law enforcement from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (which also operates the CyberTipline)
  • SafeKids.com - one of the Net’s oldest and most comprehensive Internet safety sites, founded in 1996 by ConnectSafely co-director Larry Magid.