Benefits of Staying Safe Online

Using the Internet is a great way to connect with friends and family and to find people with similar interests, but you should know how to use it safely. Being safe online means knowing how to protect your personal information and how to get help if you need it. It also means not saying anything that could hurt others—or end up hurting yourself. Click on the links below to read more about online safety, especially when using social media.

ConnectSafely
Offers information for teens, parents, and service providers who are interested in the impact of social media. The website includes information on bullying, using Facebook safely, and sexting as well as web experiences that most sites miss, such as tips for smart multiplayer video gaming and advice on using Foursquare and other geolocation apps.

Cyber Disclosure for Youth With Disabilities (PDF – 155 KB)
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (2010)
Provides information for youth with disabilities on when and how to share their disability when using technology.

NSTeens
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Provides flash-based comics and videos to help children ages 8 to 12 use the Internet safely. This website is also available in Spanish.

OnGuardOnline.gov
U.S. Federal Government
Offers a section for children and youth that includes games and activities to teach them how to protect themselves online.

Playing It Safe
Facebook Safety Center
Guides teens on how to safely use Facebook as a social media network.

SocialSafety.org
MeetMe
Offers tips for teens and information on how to protect your electronics from spam, hackers, cyberbullies, and other predators.

StopBullying.gov – Kids
U.S. Federal Government
Provides facts on bullying, what you can do, and "webisodes" about how to deal with bullies.

Safety Tips for Teens
Twitter
Describes how to be safe on Twitter and what to do when something that happens online has gone too far.

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