Child Internet Safety Information
Social Media Information
Parent Guides & Social Media Tips
7 Conversation Topics for your Child's Online Safety (2018)
Catfishing - Parents Guide (2019)
FIFA - Parents Guide (2018)
Fortnite - Parents Guide (2018)
GTA Game (2019)
House Party - Parents Guide (2019)
How to Spot Fake News (2018)
Instagram - Parents Guide (2018)
KIK Parents Guide (2018)
Live Me Parents Guide (2018)
LiveStreaming - Parents Guide (2018)
Minecraft - Parents Guide (2018)
Online Grooming - Parents Guide September (2018)
Online Safety Engaging Parents (2019)
Reddit - Parents Guide (2018)
Screen Addiction - Parents Guide (2018)
Sexting - Parents Guide (2018)
Snapchat - Parents Guide (2018)
The App Store - Parents Guide (2018)
Tik-Tok - Parents Guide (2018)
Twitter - Parents Guide (2018)
What Children Need to Know about Online Bullying (2018)
WhatsApp Parents Guide (2018)
Youtube - Parents Guide (2018)
Yubo - Parents Guide (2018)
Child Safety Websites
This brief collection of web resources is designed to provide parents, students, and educators with a place to start learning more about protecting yourself, your privacy, your computer, and your family. There is a description provided for each site.
Tips for keeping your kids safe online
There are an unfathomable amount of sites and apps you don't want your kid to see. Managing your child's online activity can seem like a daunting task. Now, it's easier than ever thanks to intelligent new products, handy software and built-in safety settings. Here are just a few ways to help establish a kid-friendly network
Disney: Surf Swell Island
The best form of Online Safety begins at home with you, the parent. We offer you the following tips to keep your child safe on the Internet. The best way to know what your child is doing online is to ask. Whether you ask other parents, an Internet-savvy friend, or your child about how they use the Internet asking the right questions will help you understand what your child is doing online so you can make sure they are making safe online choices.
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 family's use of the Internet.
Parent's Guide to the Information Superhighway
It’s designed to give you a simple step-by-step introduction to parenting in a world of computers and new forms of media. This Guide will provide some tools and rules for you to use with your children at home, at school, and in the community.
NCSA's mission is to educate and therefore empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at home, work, and school, protecting the technology individuals use, the networks they connect to, and our shared digital assets.
Don't Believe the Type
NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
Media and Technology Resources for Educators
Common Sense Media offers this FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum to help educators empower their students and their school communities to be safe, responsible, and savvy as they navigate this fast-paced digital world.
Parent Media and Technology Education Program
Parents are very concerned about their children's digital lives. Our FREE Parent Media and Technology Education Program lets you become their go-to advisor on this hot topic. With this program, Common Sense Media provides you with online access to videos, discussion guides, tip sheets, and presentations to share with parents. You easily reinforce classroom learning with in-home messages.
OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.
Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative
The Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (Michigan CSI) is an Internet safety education program with customized presentations for kindergarten through eighth-grade students and a community seminar.
Webonauts Internet Academy
In taking on the role of a Webonaut and completing a series of missions‚ players confront issues central to good citizenship: identity‚ privacy‚ credibility and web safety. Game scenarios take place in both online and offline encounters because good citizenship spans both. Because it addresses issues of web safety‚ information literacy and digital citizenship‚ Webonauts Internet Academy can be a great tool for classrooms and school media centers.
Sites for Parents & Students
The links in the list below provide you with access to a variety of websites that will be useful and sometimes entertaining to parents, students, and educators. There is a description provided for each site.
Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 315 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
Need help with algebra? You've found the right place!
HomeworkSpot.com is a free homework information portal that features the very best K-12 homework-related sites together with engaging editorial in one high-utility, educational spot. With the help of students, parents and teachers, our team of educators, librarians and journalists has scoured the Web to bring you the best resources for English, math, science, history, art, music, technology, foreign language, college prep, health, life skills, extracurricular activities and much more.
Google Earth is a download offered by the Google search engine that is a globe that sits inside your PC. You point and zoom to anyplace on the planet that you want to explore.
How Stuff Works
HowStuffWorks is an online source for clear, unbiased, reliable explanations of how everything actually works. This is a great site for children and adults who always ask why!
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis).
MeL is the Michigan eLibrary, an anywhere, any time library for Michigan residents.
Internet 4 Classrooms
This site offers links to software tutorials, Assessment Assistance, and helpful K12 Links.
Interactive Math Games
Create your own interactive games to use in the classroom or use one of the interactive games that have already been made.
This web site as a search engine for words and phrases: If you have a word for which you'd like a definition or translation, it will quickly shuttle you to the web-based dictionaries that define or translate that word.
Student Resources - Discovery Education offers free student resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom. We invite you to take a look at our interactive games, videos, contests, virtual labs and activities designed to help you dive deeper into a topic —and have fun too!
Clip Art Collection - Add graphics to your next project, whether it’s for home or school. Choose from hundreds of original clip art pieces, including animations!
Teacher's Resources - Discovery Education offers a broad range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell.
Open Office is open source software that you can use use to interact with Microsoft Office and its programs. Open source means that you can download and use the programs at no cost.
Story Place: The Children's Digital Library
A digital library, Story Place has stories and activities for preschool and elementary students.
This sites offers activities, printable stories, maps, and a wealth of other materials to be enjoyed by elementary students.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works.
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is proud to bring you Storyline Online, an on-line streaming video program featuring SAG members reading children's books aloud! Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas.
This site provides a whole reference library on your computer.
The Method Behind the Music
This virtual piano allows you to play scales and intervals to help your understanding of these and other topics.
FREE - Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
FREE makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government. More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly.
Students - is homework getting you down? UEN is here to help. Check out this great collection of online resources and tutorials.
National Geographic Education
Our redesigned beta website, NatGeoEd.org, offers an expanded and updated library of National Geographic's popular education content, highlighting our iconic media and expert resources aligned with education standards. This beta site is just the first phase of a next-generation website with a wide range of free educational resources that bring geography, science, and social studies to life for educators, learners, and their families.
My Child's Academic Success - Helping Your Child Series
The Helping Your Child publication series aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life. These booklets feature practical lessons and activities to help their school-aged and preschool children master reading, understand the value of homework and develop the skills and values necessary to achieve and grow.
KIZCLUB provides lots of educational activities in language arts for preschool and elementary age children. If you are a teacher, use the materials as your teaching resources. Parents may also print this out for their child to do.
E-Learning for Kids
E-Learning for Kids is a global, nonprofit foundation dedicated to fun and free learning on the Internet for children ages 5 - 12. We offer free, best-in-class courseware in math, science, reading and keyboarding; and we’re building a community for parents and educators to share innovations and insights in childhood education.
E-Learning for Life
E-Learning for Life is a global non-profit foundation dedicated to high quality and free learning on the Internet for teenagers and students. The main topics include:
- Information, media and technology skills
- Life and career skills
- Learning and innovation skills
America's Story from America's Library
American history for kids, from the Library of Congress.
Social Media Etiquette
Social Media can be a lot of fun. It's rewarding to share your thoughts and experiences with others around the world and to those you are close to. When used inappropriately, however, social media opens the door to all kinds of negative attention and even dangerous circumstances.
Here at Wayne-Westland Community Schools, we want all of our students to use the following best practices when engaging with others online. To make this simple we've created a Do's and Don't list for how social media should be used.
- DO think about how you present yourself online. Would you be comfortable having your parents, teachers, and even future employers seeing what you post, share, or comment on? Whether you like it or not, you are creating a personal image from the content you decide to display on your wall, feed, or page. What you post online is public, so even people you don't yet know may see it one day.
- Do know who can access your personal information. While you may be able to decide what parts of your profile others can access, assume everything is public. Sometimes "private" means everyone can see what's on your profile, but only your friends can post comments or contact you.
- DO trust your instincts if something doesn't feel or look right. If there is something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, talk to a trusted adult about it.
- DO be nice online. Or at least treat people the way you’d want to be treated. People who are nasty and aggressive online are at greater risk of being bullied or harassed themselves.
- DO read between the “lines.” It may be fun to check out new people for friendship or romance, but be aware that, while some people are nice, others act nice because they’re trying to get something. Flattering or supportive messages may be more about manipulation than friendship or romance.
- DO use privacy tools to block those you do not want to see your profile or interact with. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and most online social media outlets have privacy settings for blocking individuals who have harassed you or proven they cannot be trusted. Even with privacy tools, however, assume everything you do online is public.
- DO think before sharing others' personal information, including tagging photos without their permission or sharing their personal life with the world. They deserve privacy as much as you, so help protect it.
- DON'T assume everyone online is honest or who they claim to be. Anyone can create a fake social profile and pretend to be someone they're not.
- DON'T post information that could lead someone to you offline. Be mindful when posting where you're at and with whom with too much detail. Especially avoid posting photos that include license plates or identifiable landmarks to your home address or typical hangouts. Over time, people can piece together detailed information about you.
- DON'T reply to harassing or disturbing messages. Cyberbullies want to know they are making you worried or upset . They enjoy knowing they can get to you and enjoy seeing a reaction. Instead of responding, remain in control by talking to a trusted adult.
- DON'T share your password with friends. It’s hard to imagine, but friendships change and you don’t want to be impersonated by anyone. Pick a password you can remember but no one else can guess. All passwords should be kept private and next to impossible to guess.
- DON'T measure your own life based on what others post. People typically post happy photos and stories online and don’t usually share their boring or sad moments or unflattering photos. Don’t assume that others have better lives than you do, based on what they post.