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Online Safety and Security

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Cyber Citizenship

Navigating the World Wide Web is an exciting and rewarding pursuit. You can participate in online communities and make new friends; find venues for expression such as message boards and online publications; and if you are looking for the latest news, reviews and downloadable media, all you have to do is search the Web – a wealth of resources right at your fingertips. ip city

Useful Links and Resources

Great websites for more information and different perspectives on online safety and security.

i-SAFE America

i-SAFE America is a nonprofit foundation that teaches youth how to recognize the dangers in cyberspace and how to deal with them. Check out their i-MENTOR program, a program that involves youth in online safety education.
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Get NetWise

This web site contains helpful information on how to protect your computer from spam, spyware, viruses and other dangers.
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Internet Watch Foundation

Based in the UK, this organization combats child abuse images worldwide and criminally obscene content online.
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For comprehensive information on range of online safety and security issues for kids, teens, and parents.
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Childnet International

Works in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. Contains documents geared for parents such as their multi-lingual brochure on Young People, Music, and the Internet. Content available in English, French, German, and Spanish.
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Chat Danger

Read true stories and find out how to keep safe when chatting online.
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NetSmartz - Teens

Listen to real-life stories told by teens about their Internet experiences and check out some articles that will teach you more about the Internet and being safer while online.
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Microsoft – Security At Home

Protect your computer and yourself. Use this site to learn more about email and spam, spyware, and viruses and worms. Watch videos and download trial software.
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Wired Safety

Run by volunteers, Wired Safetyprovides education and information on online safety, privacy and security; helps online victims of cybercrime and harassment; and assists law enforcement worldwide on preventing and investigating cybercrimes.
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Stop Cyber bullying

A Wired Safety resource, specifically on the topic of cyber bullying.
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Kaspersky Lab

A world-renown leader in information security software with headquarters in Russia. Their website is available in 8 languages.
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Pack Your Bags

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But there are obstacles to overcome in this web of opportunity. Of all the millions of people who go online every day, you are bound to come across mean people, creeps and criminals. As you may find yourself inseparable from the Internet, there is no better time to "unpack" the concept of citizenship and apply it to the online world.

What does it mean to be a cyber citizen? How should we act in this borderless world? How can you ensure your safety and still enjoy all the Web has to offer? Review these points from the previous sections and you will be one savvy cyber citizen.
  • Protect your intellectual property

  • Report any one who bullies you and don't harass others

  • Protect your identity

  • Do not pretend to be someone else to take advantage of others

  • Apply your Internet smarts to everything you do

  • Do not be afraid to ask questions

  • Do your research on companies that ask for your personal information

  • Be kind and respectful whenever you can

  • And always be accountable for what you say and do online!

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