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Internet Safety
Loudoun County Public Schools Internet Safety Program
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), in collaboration with parents and community members, strives to educate and support students to take advantage of the Internet’s benefits while reducing its risks so that all students understand how to navigate the Internet in safety.
LCPS Internet Safety Program - This is a .pdf file and will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.
Understanding the Internet
How the Internet Works
How Does the Internet Work? by U&I Learning (commercial site—no advertising) -
Animated modules that explain how the Internet works
How Internet Infrastructure Works by Jeff Tyson for HowStuffWorks -
An illustrated article that explains the underlying structure of the Internet
HQ: Introduction by For Kids By Kids Online (Cyberspace Research Unit-UK) -
An illustrated explanation of how the Internet works in the context of Internet Safety for kids
The Internet Tutorial  by Dynamic Web Solutions (commercial site—no advertising) -
Tutorials that explain the workings of the Internet
BeWebAware: Spam by Media Awareness Network -
Tips for parents regarding spam

GetNetWise: Risks by Technology: Email by Internet Education Foundation -
Basic overview of
spam and junk mail

Help Keep Spam Out of Your Inbox by Microsoft -
Tips and
filters for blocking junk mail

OnGuard Online: Spam Scams by Federal Trade Commission -
List of popular scams and recommendations for avoiding problems
Sorted: Keep Your Information Secure Online by Childnet International -
Maintaining student safety and privacy
Social Networking  - Blogs, Personal Web Pages, Chats
Blogsafety by Childnet International  -
Excellent site with advice for all stakeholders

ChatDanger: How to Keep SAFE While Chatting Online by Childnet International -
Social networking true stories

ConnectSafely Forum by Tech Parenting Group -
Information for kids, parents, and teachers about how to use
blogs safely, including acronyms

GetNetWise: Chat by Internet Education Foundation -
Suggestions for avoiding problems in
chat rooms

GetNetWise: Social Networking Sites by Internet Education Foundation -
 Suggestions for parents and children

A Guide to MySpace for Parents with Teens by MySpace -
Guide to using MySpace safely, sponsored by MySpace and

Seventeen magazine Safety Tips by MySpace -
Safety Tips posted on the MySpace Web site
Safety Tips for Chat Rooms by Microsoft -
Recommendations for both parents and kids

7 Things You Should Know About Virtual Worlds by EDUCAUSE -
PDF handout covering the basics on virtual worlds and their use in higher education

7 Things You Should Know about Wikis by EDUCAUSE -
PDF handout covering the basics on Wikis and their use in higher education

Social Networking and DOPA by the Young Adult Library Services Association -
Overview of
social networking, including positive uses for education

Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens by Federal Trade Commission -
Tips for socializing safely online
2 SMRT 4U home page by The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children -
Social networking safety site specifically designed for young girls
Instant Messaging
10 Tips for Safer Instant Messaging by Microsoft -
Suggestions for using
instant messaging
Understanding the Risks
What Are The Risks by SafeKids.Com -
Brief overview of potential risks
GetNetWise: What are the Risks for Children Online? by Internet Education Foundation -
Overview of various Internet risks
Cybercrime by National Association of Attorneys General -
Online articles about different aspects of
Identity Theft
Fighting Back against Identity Theft by Federal Trade Commission -
Resources about identity theft, including a printable brochure and PowerPoint slides

Keep Your Identity To Yourself by National Crime Prevention Council -
Free download of 
Preventing Identity Theft: A Guide for Consumers

Be Web Aware: Challenging Cyber Bullying by Media Awareness Network -
Legal overview, role of Internet service providers, and taking action
Cyberbullies by National Crime Prevention Council -
Tips for avoiding and handling

Cyberbully home page by (Nancy Willard) -
Very helpful information with several downloadable handouts

Cyberbullying: Research by -
Research and other helpful information

Mitigating the Risks
BeWebAware: Get the Most out of the Internet: Technological Tools by Media Awareness Network -
Checklist for evaluating content-management products and related issues
Filtering and Blocking by WiredKids -
Information about
filtering, blocking, and outgoing software by National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families -
Background for selecting the most appropriate
Ethics and Acceptable Use Policies
Acceptable Use Policies: A Handbook by the Virginia Department of Education -
handbook for creating acceptable use policies with links to resources on cyberethics and filtering

Cyberethics by U.S. Department of Justice, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section -
Links to sites about
cybercrime by Motion Picture Association of America -
Issues involved with illegal downloads
Parental Oversight
Parenting Online by WiredKids -
                                     (printable version)
                                     (Spanish version)
Internet positives and negatives, plus tips for avoiding problems
The Positives and Perils of the Internet: Working Together to Make Your Family’s Online Experience Safe and Fun by Donna Rice Hughes for -
Safety tips for parents and children
Family Internet Safety by Attorney General of Virginia -
Teacher Education and Resources
NetSmartz Workshop by National Center for Missing & Expoited Kids -
LCPS Internet Safety Program
How the Internet Works
Social Networking -blogs, personal pages, chats
Instant Messaging
What are the Risks
Identity Theft
Inappropriate Content - Filtering
Ethics and Acceptable USe Policies
Parental Oversight
Teacher Education and Resources