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In order to bring much needed online safety material to parents and educators, several nonprofits, government agencies and other organizations have developed K-12 classroom resources on cybersecurity, cybersafety and cyberethics. Microsoft and the National Cyber Security Alliance have compiled this list of resources available for teachers and parents:

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization that "provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children.



National Cyber Security Alliance

2009-2010 USA Today Lesson Plans


NCSA teamed up with USA Today Education Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security to develop seven lessons during the 2009-2010 school year targeted at 8th-12th graders. Lesson plans use recent news stories about cyber security issues.


CSAVE Curriculum


In 2009, NCSA developed the CSAVE Program (Cyber Security Awareness Volunteer Education Program), which is designed to encourage security and IT professionals, as well as others knowledgeable about cyber security, to put their knowledge and expertise to work in local schools.


Protect Your Children


This NCSA page offers information on how to protect your children online, covering topics such as searching, filtering, and monitoring tools, and cyberbullying and harassment.


Microsoft Online Safety Resources


Microsoft offers free, downloadable resources designed to help educate consumers about computer security, privacy, and online safety issues.


Business Software Alliance


Play It CyberSafe
The Business Software Alliance has developed a Web site that teaches how to prevent cyber crime through knowledge of the law, their rights and how to avoid misuse of the Internet.

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use

CyberBully.org was started to act as a guide for bewildered parents and frustrated kids (and adults alike) facing the challenges of interacting in an online world.


Tween Cyber Safetywww.linksysbycisco.com/static/content/20090629/Kids_and_tweens_Cybersafety_WEB.pdf
Cisco’s Tween Cyber Safety page gives kids tips on a variety of Internet safety topics, such as cyberbullying, remembering passwords, and determining which sites are safe.

Teen Cyber Safety www.linksysbycisco.com/static/content/20090626/teen_cybersafety.pdf Cisco’s Teen Cyber Safety page gives teenagers tips on a variety of Internet safety topics, such as sexting, privacy settings, cyberbullying, and cyberstalking.

The Realm - Caroon Series
www.cisco.com/cdc_content_elements/flash/security/therealm/index.html?Referring_site=Prin tTv&Country_Site=us&Campaign=The+Realm&Position=Vanity&Creative=go/realm&Where=go/ realm

Cisco’s “The Realm” is a cartoon series depicting superheroes that battle cybercrime, malware and other online dangers.

Cyberspace Action for Education Campaign www.cisco.com/web/strategy/education/cyberspace_security_for_all_of_us.html
Cisco’s Cyberspace Action for Education provides resources about online safety for families and educators.

Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

Cyber Security for the Digital District  

CoSN provides information and tools for K-12 technology leaders and policy makers to help them protect their information security, and understand and develop polices and procedures to promote online safety to ensure that technology helps contribute to their school’s primary goal of teaching and learning.


Cyberbullying Research Center

The Cyberbullying Research Center provides cyberbullying research, stories, cases, downloads, fact sheets, online quizzes, tips and strategies, news headlines, a frequently- updated blog, and a number of other helpful resources.

CyberSmart! Curriculum

CyberSmart! Cyberbullying Prevention Lessons


The free CyberSmart! Student Curriculum empowers students to use the Internet safely, responsibly, and effectively. CyberSmart! teamed up with the NCSA to create a set of lessons focused on the prevention of cyberbullying.

Department of Justice

Lesson Plan for Elementary and Middle School Children


The Department of Justice has developed a kids page focused on lesson plans for elementary and middle school children.

Federal Trade Commission  

Net Cetera
Net Cetera is an FTC-developed guide that advises parents on how to discuss online safety with children of all ages. Topics include online socialization and communication, mobile phones, protecting your computer from malware, and setting up parental controls.

OnGuard Online
OnGuardOnline is the FTC’s main consumer facing website to educate everyone on staying safe and secure online.

YouAreHere is a site owned and operated by the Federal Trade Commission. Set in a virtual mall, it provides a series of interactive games concerning advertising targeted at kids and how they can determine which ads are misleading.


Identity Theft Resource Center

Teen Space


The Identity Theft Resource Center’s Teen Space has information, games, and quizzes for teens about how to protect your information online, recognize scams, and be smart about email and social networking. There is also a lesson plan for teachers available.


Faux Paw Book Series


The Faux Paw® book series teaches children about all aspects of cyber security in via entertaining stories. The curriculum is based on research from Harvard’s Center on Media and Child Health and created in partnership with the iKeepSafe Global Research Team, Penn State University Department of Education, and the University of Maryland.


D.A.R.E. America activities


iKeepSafe also teamed up with D.A.R.E. America to create 14 simple activities that teach important Internet safety principles to children ages 4-10.


Digital Literacy Downloads


iKeepSafe’s Digital Literacy page contains four downloadable videos that give tips on avoiding online scams.


i-LEARN Online for educators


i-SAFE’s easy-to-use professional development training for educators is online through a series of video modules. Educators learn about i-SAFE’s core topics and become certified to train others.


X-BLOCK for kids and teens


i-SAFE’s X-BLOCK page offers a place for students to learn about cyber safety and participate in chatrooms, contests and more.

i-PARENT for parents


i-SAFE’s online modules for parents introduce them to core Internet safety topics and train them to spread awareness through Parent Night presentations and other community outreach activities.


i-SHIELD for law enforcement



Online video modules encourage law enforcement and prosecutors to form i-SHIELD Task Forces to proactively fight Internet crime in their communities. Task Force members are trained to educate citizens about online dangers.

(ISC) ²

Safe and Secure Online Program http://cyberexchange.isc2.org/safe-secure.aspx

Through the (ISC) ² Safe and Secure Online Program, its certified information security expert members volunteer to help children ages 11-14 learn how to protect themselves online.

Teachers and parents can request to have a local volunteer present at a school in their community.


Cyber Exchange


Free cyber security awareness tools - such as flyers, posters and presentations - provided by (ISC)²’s information security expert members and available to the public for free.

James Madison University

CyberCitizen Projecthttp://www.jmu.edu/iiia/cybercitz/

The JMU CyberCitizen Project includes an Educator’s Guide on Internet safety, security and ethics.



LookBOTHWays, Inc.’s mission is to make the Internet safer for all consumers. Their Web site seeks to provide consumers of all ages with the best information on Internet safety, security, privacy, and ethics.


Family Internet Safety Plan

http://us.mcafee.com/en- us/local/docs/US_Internet_Safety_Plan.pdfMcAfee’s Family Internet

Safety Plan gives parents tips and tools on keeping their kids, tweens, and teens safe and secure online.

A Parent’s Guide to Social Networking Sites
http://us.mcafee.com/en- us/local/docs/SocialNetworkinge-guide.pdf

A Parent’s Guide to Social Networking Sites provides five lessons to keep your kids safe when they socialize online.

Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative

Student, Teacher, and Community Handouts

http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164- 17334_17364-170948--,00.html

The state of Michigan has developed programs to discuss social networking with elementary school children.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MD)

Cyberbullying Curriculum www.mcps.org/admin/Technology/TRTWebpage/Internet_Safety_Curriculums/High_School_6- 12/Additional_Resources/Cyberbullying_Information.pdf

The Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland have developed a curriculum on defining, identifying, preventing and reacting to cyberbullying.

NetSmartz Workshop

Safety Presentations for Parents, Teachers and Teens

NetSmartz offers free, multimedia Internet safety presentations tailored for specific audiences – parents and communities, tweens, teens, and younger children.


Safety Tips for Parents, Teachers and Teens

NetSmartz has a list of teen online safety tips for both home and school.


NetSmartz for Kids: Use Your NetSmartz

Use Your NetSmartz offers ten videos about online safety for younger children. Video topics include recognizing potential viruses, creating strong passwords, and identifying predators.


NetSmartz for Kids: Games

NetSmartz offers more than 20 games for kids to increase their awareness of online safety.


NetSmartz for Kids: Activities

NetSmarz offers numerous activities for kids to increase their awareness of online safety.


Project Tomorrow

Speak Up Lesson Plans 

Project Tomorrow is an education-based nonprofit organization. Their lesson plans encourage students to reflect on their use of technology both in and out of school, and how they learn math, science and 21st century skills.


Seattle Public Schools

Cyberbullying Curriculum 


Seattle Public Schools has a thorough curriculum on cyberbullying for middle schoolers, including resources on prevention and intervention. There are nine lessons total that consist of a teacher’s manual, several student activities, and letters of advice from school counselors.


Family Resources

Symantec’s Family Resource page provides Internet safety tips, a family online safety guide, and information on cyberbullying and cybercrime.

Family Safety Blog


The Family Safety Blog is run by Marian Merritt, the Internet Safety Advocate for Symantec. It provides invaluable information about a range of cybersecurity topics.

OnlineFamily Norton

OnlineFamily.Norton is a subscription program that plugs you into your child’s online life. This program gives you information such as what sites your child visits, how long they are online, who they’re talking to, and what information they’re sharing with others.


Web Wise Kids

List of K12 Programs


Web Wise Kids has five “hands-on, minds-on” programs for K12 students. Each program has a story that is based on an actual criminal case. These programs are designed to make kids aware of the legal and social consequences of cybercrime.

Resources for kids


Web Wise Kids has a great list of resources, including videos, links to other online safety site, and real-life stories about cybercrime.


Stop Cyberbullying


StopCyberbullying.org is a WiredSafety resource that provides information for K12 students about cyberbullying prevention and proper online etiquette.