Social Media and Internet Safety Resources


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Information for Parents
Glossaries for Parents
Search Engines and Research Websites for Kids


Information for Parents

These sites will help you teach your kids to be safe and responsible users of the Internet, social media, and personal technology.


Center on Media and Child Health

This partnership between Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health has a database of research and also offers tips and resources for parents to help their families use media in a healthy manner.


Common Sense Media

This site reviews websites and other media for children and rates them according to their age-appropriateness. You’ll also find advice for parents about cell phones, gaming, and more.



This site has tips, advice, the latest news, and blogs about the online world and its effect on children and teenagers. It also hosts a forum for parents and kids who want to bring their questions and concerns to experts.


Cyberbullying Research Center

Research and tips for parents on dealing with and preventing cyberbullying. It also provides contact information for reporting cyberbullying to Internet, social media, and mobile service providers.



Make a report of online sexual exploitation through this service of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.



Provides tech/Internet safety resources and solutions for schools, as well as maintains an informational blog and an ongoing list of social networks and apps used by kids.



This site has many resources for parents, educators, and policymakers who teach youth how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.


National Association for Media Literacy Education

Provides tools and education as part of its mission to foster critical thinking and expand media literacy.



The “community newspaper” for Internet safety. The site features news and information about online safety and privacy, new Web resources for children, research about how kids use the Internet, and more.


Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families

A good source for timely advice on issues, technologies, and laws that affect kids online.


Wait Until 8th

Offers a pledge and other resources for families who want their children to hold off having a smartphone until 8th grade.



Glossaries for Parents

Keep up with the digital lingo, apps, and texting abbreviations commonly used by kids and teens.


Common Sense Education Digital Glossary

This list from the publishers at Common Sense Media provides a roundup of technology-related educational terms, Internet lingo, texting abbreviations, and apps.


Social Media, Cyberbullying, and Technology Terms Glossary

A list of terms related to social media, cyberbullying, and online safety from the Cyberbullying Research Center.



Search Engines and Research Websites for Kids

These sites will help children use the Web more safely.


Common Sense Media

This page lists kid-safe browsers and search sites for children ranging from age 2 through teens.



A Google-based kid-safe search engine.


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