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Online Security and Safety for Your Family

Online Safety

  • Top Ten Safe Computing Tips (video): Stay safe online and offline with these ten computer security tips. Tips range from the installation of online security programs to using strong passwords and having secure connections.
  • Tips for Staying Safe Online: On this page, people will find tips on how to secure their computers and accounts while online. Site visitors may click on a specific tip or scroll down to directly read the desired safety instructions.
  • Online Safety: The Internet is filled with cybercriminals who are waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting Web surfers. To stay safe online and protect oneself from online scams, people can visit this site to read about online security and safety, Internet fraud, and phishing.
  • Internet Safety: Privacy and Security: Keeping one's information safe is a key part of maintaining personal safety. Both parents and kids alike can learn what information should not be shared online and what can safely be shared.
  • Keep Your Kids Cyber-Safe: The Internet plays a large part in the educational and personal lives of children. Parents who click this link can read about the importance of cyber-safety and how kids can use the Internet safely.
  • Internet Safety for Adults (PDF): Adults, like children, need to practice online safety. This guide discusses safeguarding one's privacy when using the Internet, cyberbullying, and social networking. People who read this document will also find some advice on protecting their children online.
  • Teen Internet Safety Tips: Teenagers are frequently online for reasons that range from completing homework to social media. WebMD offers this page of tips on how teens can stay safe while online.


  • Cyberbullying, Social Networking, and You (PDF): Statistics say that one in five children take part in cyberbullying behavior. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families offers readers advice on how to prevent becoming a victim of online harassment in this guide.
  • The Health Risk of Cyberbullying in College: Cyberbullying is a problem that continues beyond high school. This article discusses how it impacts the health of students in college.
  • Cyberbullying: What Is it and What to Do About it (video): Cyberbullying is a word that most parents have heard of at some point; however, not all parents fully understand what it actually is and how it can harm their children. This ABC News article explains what it is and what can be done to prevent or stop it.
  • Parents Can Help Prevent Cyberbullying: Parents who read this article will discover what they and other parents can do to help prevent this type of behavior.
  • Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is a problem that can cause children to self-harm or make them afraid to attend school. Parents and teachers who read this article can learn more about this issue and about bullying in general.
  • Teen Safety in Cyberspace: This University of Florida article discusses a number of safety issues that teens face online, including cyberbullying. The article defines and explains cyberbullying and how it makes victims feel. Also on this page, visitors can read about issues such as online sexual solicitation and how to keep teens safe.
  • Cyberbullying Information: People can face cyberbullying at work, college, and school. This article attempts to answer common questions about a growing problem.
  • Dealing With Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is a serious and potentially life-threatening problem that this article attempts to address in detail.
  • Prevent Cyberbullying: One of the ways to detect cyberbullying is to be aware of what a child is doing online. This page reviews what online warning signs indicate that a child may be the victim of bullying or a bully themselves.

Social Media Safety

  • Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites: People interested in how to stay safe on social networking sites should click on this link to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team website, where they'll find answers to what social networking sites are and what security issues they present. The page also includes a list of tips on how people can protect themselves.
  • Social Media Safety (PDF): This page breaks down the benefits and dangers of social media and how people can keep themselves and their families safe when using social networking sites.
  • Counterintelligence Tips: Social Media Safety (PDF): This document provides readers with some of the best practices for using and staying safe on social media.
  • Social Media Guide (PDF): Adults and kids alike are using social media more frequently than ever before. This guide provides social media tips for students and parents. The page also offers cybersecurity tips for bloggers.
  • Social Networking Safety: Despite its popularity, social networking can be dangerous if one does not use it properly. On this page of the Kansas Attorney General's website, teens will find tips on how to socialize safely online.
  • Online Safety: Social Networking: College students and their parents can visit this University of Baltimore page for a list of tips on how to increase social networking safety. The page also urges readers to consider who can see the private information that they post.
  • Kids and Socializing Online: On this page, parents can learn how to protect their children when they are using social media, chat rooms, and other methods of socializing online.
  • What Is Social Media? Anyone who may be confused about the definition of social media can read what it is by clicking this link. The page also provides examples of popular social media sites or apps.

Viruses and Hacking

  • Viruses, Hacking, and Antivirus (PDF): Anyone who is interested in learning more about computer viruses may click this link for a bit of history on the topic.
  • What Is a Computer Virus?: Find out what a computer virus is by clicking on this page, which also provides examples of common types of viruses such as Trojans and worms.
  • What You Can Do to Prevent Virus Infections on Your Computer (PDF): People can avoid infecting their computers by following the advice that's listed here, which includes running online security programs, for example.
  • CyberSecurity Awareness: A hacker can cause a large number of problems for a household, including identity theft, holding users' data for ransom, extortion, and more.
  • How to Protect Your Computer From Viruses/Spyware/Hackers: Malware such as spyware and viruses is the subject of this article on the Goucher College website. It explains methods that users can take to prevent infection as well as how to remove malware from their systems.
  • Five Ways to Avoid Being Hacked: When someone breaks into a computer or network, the consequences can be dire. NPR provides an example of what hackers did to a technology writer for Wired magazine, and it offers steps that people can take to protect themselves from unwanted intrusions.
  • Protect Your Computer From Viruses, Hackers, and Spies: Visit the California Attorney General's website to read about how to reduce the risk of hacker break-ins.
  • Beware of Hacking: Seton Hall University explains why hackers would want access to users' computers even if they don't contain any personal information. This article also talks about how they get unauthorized access, how to know when one has been hacked, password security tips, potential vulnerabilities, legal consequences, and how to respond to an incident.

Identity Theft

  • Introduction to Identity Theft: When someone uses the personal information of another person without their authorization, it is called identity theft.
  • What Are Identity Theft and Identity Fraud?: Learn about identity theft and fraud on the U.S. Department of Justice website. They explain what it is, how it can happen, and what to do if it does.
  • Warning Signs of Identity Theft: Visit this website to discover ways to detect clues about identity theft and when it may have already happened. It also provides a link to where victims can learn about what preventive actions they can take if their Social Security number is lost.
  • The Growing Problem of Child Identity Theft: When an identity thief steals the identity of a child, the victim may be in for a lifetime of problems.
  • Seven Ways to Protect Yourself From ID Theft: Identity theft occurs once every three seconds. Interested readers can find some tips here on how to reduce their risk of becoming a victim.
  • Protect Yourself From ID Theft: Click this link to find useful tips on the North Carolina attorney general's website about preventing identity theft.
  • Protect Your Child From Identity Theft: Identity thieves also target children as victims of their crimes. The government of Utah provides advice to readers about how to protect young ones from having their credit damaged.
  • Identity Protection Tips: Criminals may steal someone's identity to fraudulently secure a tax refund or for other nefarious tax-related schemes. The Internal Revenue Service discusses steps that people can take to prevent this from happening.

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