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The best way to protect your kids online? Talk to them. While kids value the opinions of their peers, most tend to rely on their parents for help on the issues that matter most.

Here are some resources to help you get started. We hope you’ll share these with other parents in your community.

Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online

What parents need to know, and issues to raise with kids about living their lives online.

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Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online

You don’t have to be a tech expert to talk to your kids about online safety. Whether kids are using a smartphone, a laptop, or a tablet, the conversation is about your expectations when they’re online. The Net Cetera guide offers practical tips about issues including social networking, mobile devices, computer security, sexting, and cyberbullying.

Safeguarding Your Child's Future

This guide for parents explains what child identity theft is, how to reduce the risk, and what to do if it happens to your child. The booklet includes to-do lists, contact information, blank forms, and the Uniform Minor’s Status Declaration.

Living Life Online

Through these short articles, activities and quizzes, kids (ages 8-14) can learn how to protect themselves online, become better digital citizens, and think critically about the ads they see around them.

Protecting Kids Online

Kids and Computer Security

Talk to your kids about what they can do to help protect your computer and your family’s personal information.

Kids and Socializing Online

Have you and your kids talked about social networking yet? Here are some conversation starters.


Here's how to prevent or stop cyberbullying through conversations.

Parental Controls & Rights

Protecting Your Child’s Privacy Online

Information about parents’ rights under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Kids, Parents, and Video Games

Information for parents about video game ratings and parental controls.

Kids and Mobile Apps

Consider these questions before you download mobile apps.

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