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Internet Safety

Online social networking is a hot topic, with debate about allowing young people to learn how to safely navigate Web 2.0 technology while also keeping them safe. 

The Keene Public Library offers workshops and a variety of resources to help you guide your children. 

We offer the folowing advice and tips:

Advice for Kids

blue bullet To be safe, stick to search engines and links meant for kids. Visit the library kids' page for a list of good sites to visit and explore.

blue bullet Another way to stay safe is by talking with your parents about using the Internet and asking them to search with you.

blue bullet Please ask your parents to tell you about special rules they would like you to follow when you are using the Internet.  Library staff members are here to help, so please ask.

Advice for Parents

blue bullet Every parent or legal guardian is responsible for their child's use of all library materials, including the Internet.

blue bullet Parents who are concerned about their children's use of the Internet should talk to and provide guidelines for their own children.

Tips:

blue bullet Visit the library often with your child.
blue bullet Spend time online visiting Internet sites with your child.
blue bullet Ask a librarian for guidance, and encourage your child to ask library staff for help finding information on the Internet.
blue bullet Take time to read the Internet Policy of the Keene Public Library.

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books Recommended Book Resources: 

Born Digital: Understanding the first generation of digital natives by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser

Cyberbullying: Deal with it and ctrl alt delete it by Robyn MacEachern

Facebook for dummies by Carolyn Abram and Leah Pearlman

Generation Text: Raising well-adjusted kids in an age of instant everything by Michael Osit

MySpace Unraveled: A parent's guide to teen social networking from the directors of BlogSafety.com by Larry Magid and Anne Collier

World Wide Web Recommended websites:

blue bullet Bnetsavvy - Resources for helping children and teens learn safe strategies for navigating the increasingly interactive world of the Internet. 

blue bullet Child Safety on the Information Highway

blue bullet COPYRIGHT KIDS Definitions, FAQs, permission letters, copyright quiz, etc.

blue bullet Evaluating Internet Resources

blue bullet GetNetWise's Kids' Safety - This information is provided by a wide range of Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations. 

blue bullet Guide to Social Networking for Teens (PDF; updated in 2009 by YALSA)

blue bullet MySecure Cyberspace - Carnegie Mellon offers internet safety resources to help parents and kids understand the risks associated with online activities, like the viruses spread over instant messaging and the bullying that takes place in unsupervised chat rooms.

blue bullet Navigating the 'Net with Your Kids (PDF; from Children & Technology Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, © 2008)

blue bullet NetLingo - Lists the top 20 Internet acronyms every parent needs to know.

blue bullet Netsmartz - Games, activities, and information for kids, teens, and parents.

blue bullet Protecting Kids from CyperBullying - Advice from Common Sense Media.

blue bullet Protecting Kids Privacy - Helpful tips from the Federal Trade Commission for safely surfing the Web.

blue bullet SafeKids.com - Tips, advice, and suggestions to make your family's online experience fun and productive.

blue bullet Web Wise Kids - Offers innovative Internet safety education programs for kids, parents, teachers and law enforcement. Shows how kids can benefit from the Intenet if they are equipped with knowledge of the online risks including nvolving parents and their community, kids can benefit from all the wonders of the Internet, equipped with knowledge of the online dangers including Internet predators, social networking, online relationships, cyber bullying, cyber stalking, piracy, and identity theft.

Website Disclaimer: Due to the ever-changing nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that the above links will remain valid. Similarly, we cannot be responsible for changes in the content of the sources to which we link, or the content of sources accessed through secondary links. As with printed information, users are encouraged to evaluate the validity of information found. Keene Public Library provides these links as a convenience to our users, and the inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply endorsement.