Online Safety Resources – Celebrating the Bridge Between Home and School

The safety and security of our children is so very important. It is a concern that school personnel share along with parents. Many schools hold Internet Safety nights for parents where parents can learn more about educating, engaging and empowering children as they use the internet for life and learning.It is wonderful to see the commitment to safe and responsible online use. These schools deserve much credit as they empower their children to learn effectively and safely in the digital age!

St. Philip and James School

Parent Nights – Sponsored by the Home and School Association

I recently spoke to parents at St. Philip and James School in Exton, Pa. They are a school in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The pastor Rev. Joseph C. Dieckhaus, the principal, Sister Helen Thomas, IHM and the Home and School Association worked in tandem to plan a night on Internet Safety. The focus was on positive uses of technology for learning and educating children on how to avoid risks they can encounter online. Sister had Internet Safety handbooks for each and every family from the school.

Resources abound for parents as they work with their children on Online Safety and Digital Citizenship.

These resources can be used by:

  • School administrators for parent presentations and in parent communications
  • Classroom Teachers in teaching students safe and responsible technology use
  • Parents as they teach children safe and responsible everyday use at home and away from home

14 Online Safety Resources for Parents

Includes Links to Handouts you can give to parents or send electronically

  1. Netsmartz Parent Page
  2. Netsmatz Safety Pledges Handouts for Parents, Teachers, Students
  3. Netsmartz Parent Presentations for Schools
  4. Netsmartz Parent Handout for Internet SafetyHandouts for Parents, Teachers, Students. Made available on our Archdiocesan schools website with permission from Netsmartz
  5. Netsmartz All Downloads – Lessons, Safety Pledges and Videos
  6. BrainPOP
  7. Netcetera Chatting with Kids about Being Online Booklet . Handouts for Parents and Teachers. Order the Booklet and bookmarks free for schools.
  8. Facebook for Parents – Common Sense Media
  9. Parent Handout Common Sense Media Handouts for Parents, Teachers, Students
  10. Facebook Guide for Parents Explained –
  11. Facebook Guide for Parents on ScribdHandouts for Parents
  12. ISC2 Top Ten Tips for Keeping Children Safe Online
  13. Handouts for Parents, Teachers, Students.  Free resources. Order enough for all families! Distribute booklet and bookmark. Order free copies of Net Cetera and the complete Net Cetera Community Outreach Toolkit at  Use in school and at home. Include the information in a newsletter, link to it, or use the videos on a website.  These materials are in the public domain.
  14. Digital Citizenship Themes

3 Research Studies to Consider concerning Online Safety

  1. Digital Youth Study conducted by the MacArthur Foundation – 2009
  2. Netsmartz Statistical Summary – Collection of research statistics on Internet Safety and the role of Safety Education –
  3. The Safe Use of New Technology – Ofsted – Study of the impact of Interet Safety/Digital Citizenship education on safe practices by school children. Role of filtering and blocking strategies is evaluated.

Resources abound for parents and schools as they work with their children on Online Safety and Digital Citizenship. These are some of my favorite resources. What others would you share?

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