Internet Safety

Almost all children today have access to the Internet through schools, libraries, community centers, or their home. And most 8 to 18-year-olds, 74 percent, have Internet access from their home computers according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Not only do more children have access to the Internet than ever before, but they are using it more, too. Many schools incorporate the Internet into their curricula and encourage online research for projects. But that’s not all kids are doing online. They also email, chat with friends through instant messenger and in chat rooms, play games, create websites and web blogs, and just surf the ‘net.

Even as kids grow savvier in their use of the Internet, it can still be a dangerous place. The good news is that most dangers can be avoided if children and their parents learn about smart Internet use.

Downloadable Resources on Internet Safety

Title Description Size
File "All Pink" Public Service Announcement A 60 second audio public service announcement about internet safety in swf format 433.7 kB
File "Arcade" Public Service Announcement A 60 second audio public service announcement about internet safety in swf format 864.1 kB
File "Internet Safety Song" Public Service Announcement A 60 second audio public service announcement about internet safety in swf format 836.4 kB
File "Meetup" Public Service Announcement A 30 second audio public service announcement about internet safety in swf format 463.6 kB
File "Neat Stuff" Public Service Announcement A 60 second audio public service announcement about internet safety in swf format 850.4 kB
File  A Family Guide to Using the Internet Informative brochure for families about using the internet safely 96.5 kB
File Cybersafety for Kids Online: A Parents' Guide A reproducible brochure for parents on keeping kids safe online 1.1 MB
File  How To Avoid Being Stalked in Cyberspace (and What To Do If You Are) A list of tips about how to avoid stalkers online 75.2 kB
File  Internet Safety Poster McGruff and Scruff discuss internet safety in this color poster for kids 1.1 MB
File  Kids: Be a Good Cyber Citizen! A list of tips for kids about how to stay safe online and have fun
File  McGruff's Internet Safety Pledge Keep this pledge for kids by your computer so you'll always remember how to stay cyber-safe. 22.3 kB
File Newspaper Mat: Tips for Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet A short NewsUSA article for parents about keeping kids safe online 1.5 MB
File Online Auction Fraud A reproducible brochure about how online auction fraud occurs and how to prevent it 1.5 MB
File  Online Safety Tips for Kids A reproducible handout for kids about online safety from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit. 98.1 kB
File  Online Safety Tips for Parents A reproducible handout for parents about online safety from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit. 91.0 kB
File  Online Safety Tips for Teens A reproducible handout for teens about online safety from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit. 91.2 kB
File  Parents Must Keep Their Children Safe on the Internet Information for parents on keeping kids safe online from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit. 99.5 kB
File  Protecting Yourself From Counterfeit Drugs A one-page PDF about how to protect yourself from prescription drug scams 42.7 kB
File  Reporting Crime Online This one-page PDF tells you who to contact to report various criminal activities encountered online 79.0 kB
File  Safe Social Networking A reproducible handout from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit about social networking safely online.
File Safe Surfing for Teens Informative brochure about staying safe online 1.2 MB
File Sexting: How Parents Can Keep Their Kids Safe A reproducible handout with information for parents on the dangerous practice of sexting. 88.3 kB
File Sexting: How Teens Can Stay Safe A reproducible handout with information for teens on the dangerous practice of sexting. 90.5 kB
File  Shopping Online - Be Wary of Holiday Crime A reproducible brochure from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit 88.9 kB
File  Shopping Safely Online A one-page PDF with tips about protecting yourself while shopping online 77.0 kB
File  Smart and Safe in Cyberspace: Social Networking 101 This presentation informs communities of the emerging trend of social networking and provides safety tips to help children and youth socialize safely online. 590.0 kB
File  Surfing Safely Maze Lead Scruff to McGruff.org without encountering any dangerous messages. 1.0 MB
File Take a Bite Out of Crime Online Poster A colorful McGruff poster for kids about internet safety 672.4