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Resources for community health providers promoting internet safety to children and their parents.
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This guide is a collection of library and free online resources for teaching about Internet Safety. Whether you are teaching a class or hosting a health fair, the handouts, activities, and lesson plans available from these organizations will help you teach children and their parents about the potential dangers of using the Internet and how to protect oneself.

If you need help finding additional resources or choosing from these ones for your project, contact the librarians at


What is Internet Safety?

Being safe online is more complex than simply telling children not to give out their names and addresses to strangers. Some examples of Internet Safety topics include:

  • Cyberbullying and online harrassment
  • Online gaming
  • Social networking
  • Preventing Identity Theft
  • Inappropriate content
  • Media literacy

The resources collected here can help you understand the many issues that children, parents, and health care providers must manage to keep children and their families healthy.

See also: Internet Safety at Wikipedia


Internet Safety Resources

The IHP Community Health Library has the following resources to help teach and promote Internet Safety.

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Cyber Bullying - Sue Limber; Robin M. Kowalski; Patricia W. Agatston
Call Number: VIO BUL CYBER
ISBN: 9781592857159
Publication Date: 2009-01-28
One in five 'tweens', or students from ages 8 to 12, report knowing a friend who has been bullied online. Seven per cent of tweens report having been bullied online themselves. This title provides age-appropriate activities that help students communicate respectfully with others when using cyber technology.

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Cyberbullying Curriculum for Grades 6-12 - Susan P. Limber
Call Number: VIO BUL CYBER
ISBN: 9781592855964
Publication Date: 2008-09-08
This eight session program is designed specifically for students in middle school and high school. Using stories based on actual news events, students participate in small group discussions that center on real-life issues that teens face on the Internet everyday. At the end of the program, students work in small groups to create a plan for their own social networking Web site*.

*Students do not actually create a social networking site.

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A Parent's Guide to Online Safety - Doug Fodeman; Marje Monroe
ISBN: 9781564843272
Publication Date: 2013-05-15
Trying to keep up with today's technology can be overwhelming, especially when it seems to change every six months. Take a deep breath! Yes, the technology keeps changing, but the kids stay pretty much the same. Seeking attention, forming relationships, taking risks, and having fun are behaviors parents have been dealing with for centuries. The authors cover the digital citizenship topics all parents should be aware of and provide advice for setting limits for your child.

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Safe Practices for Life Online - Doug Fodeman; Marje Monroe
ISBN: 9781564843142
Publication Date: 2012-06-01
This new edition offers practical advice to help middle and high school students stay safe online by making better choices and minimizing their risks. Cyberbullying, identity theft, phishing schemes, false advertising, the challenges of Facebook, and more are all fully explained. Updated to reflect today's advances in technology, this essential resource contains dozens of classroom-tested exercises and hundreds of links to websites, documents, and resources. Book jacket.

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Cyber Junkie - Kevin Roberts
ISBN: 9781592859481
Publication Date: 2010-07-26
In this groundbreaking book, recovering video game addict Kevin Roberts uses extensive scientific and social research, complemented by his and others' personal stories, to give compulsive gamers and surfers--and their family and friends--a step-by-step guide for recovery. He outlines the ways that "cyber junkies" exhibit the classic signs of addiction and reveals how they can successfully recover by following a program similar to those used for other addictions. Readers learn to identify whether they have an addiction, find the right resources to get individualized help, and regain a rewarding life away from the screen by learning new thoughts and behaviors that free them from the cravings that rule their lives. Included is a guide for parents for working with their addicted children.

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Generation Myspace - Candice M. Kelsey
ISBN: 9781600940118
Publication Date: 2007-03-08
Does it seem like your teen can't tear herself away from friends on the computer screen (except to text them on her cell phone)? That's because MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube are your son or daughter's life, not just another passing diversion. All that energy and time spent online is affecting your teen's life in countless ways, from sexual pressure and privacy to social standing and self-esteem. Some schools are banning online networking sites, yet your child insists they're "no big deal." Who's right? Drawing on personal interviews with hundreds of teens, educator Candice M. Kelsey helps parents assess what they should -- and shouldn't -- be worried about when it comes to technology.


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