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Media Safety and Your Children

Common Sense Media - Common Sense Media provides trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.

American Library Association's Great Sites for Kids -A good place to start your search for sites that are right for your child.

Net Safe Kids -Sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences to provide information to parents for understanding the threats that children face while using the Internet.

NetSmartz - This is an educational resource for children, parents, and teachers about Internet safety. There are vignettes and games to help children navigate safely while online.

Yahoo Safely This site has some short videos which are directed at young users of the Internet. An easy-to-navigate site with some helpful advice.

Kidz Privacy -Federal Trade Commission site; has information for parents and children about privacy concerns and the law.

Educational Directories with Search Features:

KidsClick! Excellent site created by librarians with a search engine of appropriate educational sites for children.

Awesome Library - Education Search Engine Database of 110,000+ sites related to educational topics.

Awesome Library - K-12 Education Directory for Kids Search engine with a kids category. (limited results)

Blue Web'n Refined Search Search engine of good educational sites, with ratings and grade levels. However, this is a fairly small database.

Child-Safe General Search Engines:

OneKey - The Kid Safe Search Engine- Search engine with a large database of kid-safe sites.

AOL NetFind Kids Only- A search engine that links only to sites that are safe for kids.

Yahooligans! Child-safe search engine, however, it is not reviewed for educational relevancy.

Ask Jeeves for Kids Ask a question in plain English instead of using key words. AJ will tell you what questions he does have answers for that might be similar to yours. Only "G-rated" Web pages and Web pages written specifically for children are included in this knowledge base. Note: One annoying feature is that when you go to a suggested site, the location at the top of the page is still listed as AJKids.com. In order to get the correct address for citation purposes, you need to hold down the mouse button (right button on Windows machine) on a blank area of the page. This will bring up a menu that allows you to open a "new window with this frame.” The new frame will list the correct location of that page. At the bottom of the original search results from AJ, you will find that several major search engines have also been searched with the protection of Surf Watch, but not with any filter for educational or child relevance.

Pics4learning Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.

Safety Features from Google.com

Online Child Safety
Online Family Safety
Safe Searching

Child Safe E-Mail Accounts

Zoobuh (Cost of $1 per child per month after 30-day free trial)

Kids Online This is an AOL kid-friendly site.


Gaggle.net This site offers E-Mail options for schools.

Parental Controls on Computers

Parental Controls for Apple Controls for Mac OS 10.5.

Revisited 2/09