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What’s 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.

See below for resources on online safety, advertising literacy, identity theft and scams.

To Share with Kids

Heads Up guide booklet

Heads Up: Stop, Think, Connect

Heads Up is a guide written and designed for kids ages 8-12. It covers basic points to help kids protect themselves, their information, and their devices.

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Net Cetera videos

Stand Up To Cyberbullying Video

This video shows kids how they can stop cyberbullying by standing up for themselves or someone else.

For Parents & Teachers

Net Cetera booklet

Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online

Net Cetera is a guide for parents, teachers, and other adults who spend time with kids. This guide offers practical tips and ideas for getting the conversation started about social networking, privacy, mobile devices, computer security, and dealing with cyberbullying.

First Lady Melania Trump has shared a version of the guide with kids. It’s called Talking with Kids About Being Online, and it features a letter from the First Lady.

Boy and girl avatars in the game of Admongo

Advertising

Admongo teaches kids 8-12 about advertising to help them be more informed consumers. Through the online game at Admongo.gov and lesson plans, kids learn critical thinking skills - and how to apply them to ads, what they're saying, and what they want kids to do.

Scams

Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They pressure people to make important decisions on the spot.

Our scam alerts break these frauds down with plain-language advice that tells you what to look out for, and how to avoid scams. Scam alerts are a great way to start a conversation with your kids about fraud.

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Identity Theft

Check out the federal government’s one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft. Get step-by-step advice, sample letters, and other helpful resources. Recovering from identity theft is easier with a plan and Identitytheft.gov can help you.

Child Identity Theft

Did someone use your child's information to commit fraud? Identitytheft.gov has step-by-step advice on what to do.

Report a Scam

Spotted a scam? Report it at ftc.gov/complaint.