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Web Dangers

Today's technology provides us with wonderful and amazing opportunities to enrich our lives, but it can also allow unwelcome and even dangerous people to interact with us and our children. Now more than ever before, it is imperative that parents, teachers and children work closely together to prevent online abuse on all fronts.

There are proven prevention strategies empower youth to recognize and resist all types of harmful situations that exist online. Situations such as social networking, blogging, Instant Messaging, online predators, cyber romances, cyber bullying, identity theft, flaming, piracy and more are introduced in our engaging and challenging Internet safety games.   Our goal is to empower youth and adults with the knowledge and experience they need to safely and confidently explore the cyber-world. Working together to protect todays youth may not rid the Internet of offenders, but it will greatly limit their reach.

Helpful Links

Information and strategies to avoid Phishing and Pharming scams www.antiphishing.org

Read family-friendly reviews of media and entertainment http://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Report a cyber crime to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children www.cybertipline.com

Review the Federal Trade Commission's tips for online safety www.ftc.gov/bcp/menu-internet.htm

Locate your local Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce www.icactraining.org

Parents/Teachers Teen chat and acronyms decoder - 'teen speak' translation made easy www.teenchatdecoder.com

Compare and obtain reviews on safety products for your computer such as filters www.getnetwise.org

Access a complete online dictionary of hundreds of regularly used email chat acronyms www.netlingo.com

Online safety tips and information about preventing and recognizing the symptoms online child sexual abuse www.ProtectKids.com and www.darkness2light.org

See if there are sexual offenders living in your neighborhood www.familywatchdog.us

Resources to help elementary age children learn about safety on the Internet www.ikeepsafe.org

Technology education and web activities for grandparents and adults ages 50 and over www.seniornet.org

Free child safety information pack at www.csn.org

National Cyber Security Alliance, provides free and non-technical cyber security and safety resources. www.staysafeonline.info

Lighting the way to protect children and families from the dangers of illegal Internet pornography and sexual predators www.enough.org

The National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) provides training, prevention, intervention and treatment services to fight child abuse and neglect www.nationalcac.org

Parents/Kids Imbee is a social networking site with safety in mind for kids ages 8-14. It is designed to offer kids a fun and dynamic user experience and parents easy-to use controls. www.imbee.com

Inspired by the 'Anne of Green Gables' novels, AnnesDiary.com is the first social networking site for children to use biometric technology to protect children from Internet predators. The site offers girls between the ages of 7 and 15 a secure online diary and chatroom where they can communicate safely with their peers from around the world. www.annesdiary.com

Miscellaneous

RADAR: My Mobile Watchdog - Parental Control for Cell Phones - Monitor your kid's IM, text, email and calls and be alerted by email (directly to your cell phone) about any unauthorized contact with your child. www.mymobilewatchdog.com

Smarter Surfing Starts Here IncredibleInternet.com

Initiative guided by the leadership of Attorney General Gonzalez, Project Safe Childhood www.projectsafechildhood.gov

California Coalition for Children's Internet Safety www.cybersafety.ca.gov

Just for kids: McGruff the Crime Dog's Child Safety Center www.mcgruff.com

An informative site from the DOJ for kids, parents and teachers. Also includes do's and don'ts for the Internet www.usdoj.gov/kidspage

Internet Crimes Against Children Arizona Taskforce www.azicac.net

Crafts, games and an index of safe websites for kids www.netmom.com

Yoursphere, our new "safety first" social network for kids.http://yoursphere.com/welcome

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