Be Safe Online: Teens Are the Teachers in New Internet Safety Project
So what does an online sexual predator look like anyway?
How much do you know about Cyberbullying?
Are social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace safe?
These are just a few of the questions asked and answered by Teen Girl Scouts on LMK (text speak for "let me know")— the new interactive online safety resource by Girl Scouts of the USA and Microsoft Corp where girls are the technology experts on subjects that are often best discussed at a teen-to-teen level. This girl-led campaign allows girls to share their online concerns with peer "tech-perts" about the issues that affect them while raising awareness about how to help keep girls (ages 13–17) safe while surfing the Web.
The campaign includes an interactive Web site for girls, as well as an e-newsletter and Web site for adults. Each month, the all-girl editorial board explores a different internet safety topic online and then shares what it learned in the e-newsletter, which is distributed to adults the following month. The e-newsletter and adult site are designed to provide parents with timely guidance and also serve as a tool to help families have open and honest conversations about the dangers that lurk in cyberspace.
Both sites are open to everyone (Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts alike) as well as to any adult who wants to learn about internet safety.
Other Resources and Links
Know the language of IM and chatrooms? Get the lingo thanks to Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
NetSmartz workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource that teaches kids and teens how to stay safer on the Internet. Online Safety Pledge by Age. Click Here.
If you suspect online "stalking" or sexual exploitation of a child, report it to your local law-enforcement agency. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has a system for identifying online predators and child pornographer and contributing to law-enforcement investigations. It's called the CyberTipline®. Leads forwarded to the site will be acknowledged and shared with the appropriate law-enforcement agency for investigation.
FBI Safety Tips for Kids