It is very important for parents to be aware of their child's online activities. The information on this page will provide valuable tools and tips to help parents navigate the online world with their children. The time parents invest to educate themselves on the benefits, power and dangers of the web is well worth it.
- www.safekids.com: Find articles on internet security, spam, spyware, how to protect your privacy and more.
- www.safeteens.com This site is a publication of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- www.safesurf.com : More information and articles.
- www.meganslaw.ca.gov Megan's Law Website- Type in your address to see if there are registered sex offenders in your neighborhood.
- NetSmartz Mrs. Jackson's presentation notes are from this web site. She attended a Law Enforcement Task Force on Internet Crime in June of 2006 and NetSmartz was one of the featured speakers.
- ConnectSafely Forum The forum, where parents, teens, educators, and experts discuss and learn about safe blogging and social networking. You might call this social networking about the social networks!
- Common Sense Media www.commonsensemedia.org/parent_tips/viral-media.php
Monitoring Online Activity
Filtering Software and or Monitoring Software
Click here to visit a web site for reviews of current software available. It is important to note that no monitoring software is 100% effective. Parents must be proactive to discuss appropriate online behavior with their children.
Router-Based Parental Controls
Most wireless routers can be programed to limit access to the Internet during certain times of day. A schedule can be created to to limit access to specific computers at any particular time. This would not block local network access to printers, etc, but it would block access to the Internet. For more information, check the owner's guide or visit the web site of the manufacturer.