Internet Safety

Online Caution

Resources to Help Keep Kids Safe Online

Family Online Safety Institute

Online safety is everyone’s concern - from preschoolers to grandparents. The Family Online Safety Institute brings a unique, international perspective to the potential risks, harms as well as the rewards of our online lives. FOSI’s 20+ members, from Amazon to Verizon represent the leading Internet and communications companies in the world. And our work encompasses public policy, industry best practice as well as good digital parenting.

Wired Safety

All-inclusive, free resource focusing on Internet safety, help and education for Internet users of all ages. Cyberstalking, Cyberharrasing, and much more.

Ask Parry! is a service where Parry Aftab, noted online safety and privacy expert, and Executive Director of can answer your questions about online safety, privacy and security, and help you with problems you encounter online. Anything from help finding a safe chat room for your teens, to knowing what to do if the item you bought at auction doesn't arrive as promised.


This free site offers parents a way to protect their children from online danger. This tool is especially useful in allowing parents to track and monitor their child's use of computers.

It offers parents a way to decipher the lingo their children use on the computer, and it gives them the ability to block certain people from contacting their kids. Alerts can be sent to parents as soon as something unwanted is detected


Online safety games for younger children and information for children of all ages as well as helpful information for teachers, parents and law enforcement.

Internet Smarts

A Cablevision site built to aid parents and children in understanding what dangers are out there offering resources that enable them to learn more. This site details quite a bit of information that can be useful against cyber dangers.


Cyberbullying Research Center provides an extensive array of information on cyberbullying. It includes many examples of actual instances and the resulting consequences if any. It also offers convenient links to archived live chats from reputable sites as well as links to facebook making it easy to keep on top of updated information.

It is also a great reference for information on the latest video games that have been linked, or could potentially become linked to bullying or violence.

Related Files

FBI Publications - A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
Helpful tips for parents to protect their children from pornography and online dangers.

Parenting Online (PDF - 362 KB)
What do we do when our eight-year-old knows more than we do about cyberspace? How do we guide our children safely through this new world? How do we set the rules when we don't even understand the risks? The childproof locks, seatbelts and helmets we use to help keep them safe in everyday life won't protect them in cyberspace. There we need new and different gadgets and safety tips.

Related Links

  • A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety-FBI
    Dear Parent:

    Our children are our Nation's most valuable asset. They represent the bright future of our country and hold our hopes for a better Nation. Our children are also the most vulnerable members of society. Protecting our children against the fear of crime and from becoming victims of crime must be a national priority.

    Unfortunately the same advances in computer and telecommunication technology that allow our children to reach out to new sources of knowledge and cultural experiences are also leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and harm by computer-sex offenders.

    I hope that this pamphlet helps you to begin to understand the complexities of on-line child exploitation. For further information, please contact your local FBI office or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

  • Wired Kids

    WiredKids is part of the WiredSafety family of sites and programs. Those include, and WiredKids is devoted to kids online issues and empowering children to use the Internet to make a positive difference in the lives of others. It is run entirely by unpaid volunteers from around the world. We even have our own kid-size advisory boards where kids and teens can help run the place. To learn more about us and our work, check out the pages linked to below. And welcome!

  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Parents, guardians, and adults who care for children face constant challenges when trying to help keep children safer in today's fast-paced world. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) offers easy-to-use safety resources to help address these challenges.
  • Power To Learn-INTERNET SMARTS
    Internet Smarts, Power to Learn signature initiative, encourages parents and teachers to work with children to examine issues arising from the use of digital media.

    Internet Smarts provides Internet tools and resources that encourage not just safe, online practices, but ethical ones on issues as wide-ranging as copyright and cyberbullying
  • Get Net Wise
    GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be just "one click away" from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family's use of the Internet. More information is available. GetNetWise is a project of the Internet Education Foundation.
  • Common Sense Internet Safety Guide
    Common Sense Media - Common Sense Internet Survival Guide for Parents
  • Enough is Enough - Internet Safety 101
    Enough Is Enough understands that Internet safety is a shared responsibility between the public, the Internet industry, and the legal community. However, parents remain the 'first line of defense' in protecting their children against Internet safety dangers. Unfortunately, parents, educators and other caring adults are ill-equipped, uninformed and often overwhelmed when it comes to Internet safety issues, and they need credible outside help. As the nation's leading Internet safety organization since 1994, EIE has responded to this call for action by creating Internet Safety 101SM, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice. Internet Safety 101SM is a widely-renowned resource and teaching series that paints a comprehensive picture of the dangers children encounter online. Through the Internet Safety 101SM program, EIE strives to educate and empower parents, educators and other caring adults with the information then need to effectively protect children from Internet dangers.
  • OnGuard Online
    Protect kids online