Information for Parents
The nature of the Internet makes it possible to access a series of links that can take a child almost anywhere. Parents should guide their children while they browse the web just as they supervise their children’s choices in reading, music and television. The Mt. Lebanon Public Library is not responsible for the accuracy of information found on the Internet and has no control over the selection of banner advertisements a site has put on its web page.
For further information on Internet Safety:
- Click here to see our Computer and Internet Access and Use Policy.
- Examine the red three-ring binder “Parent’s Information on Internet Access” found in the Children’s Library.
- Explore the selected sites listed below.
Guidelines for parents, kids and teens on online safety. Includes the article “Child Safety on the Information Highway,” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
A comprehensive web site with information on Internet use for kids ages 2 – 17 and their families. Includes resources to help parents.
Sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, this site provides interactive activities for kids ges 5 – 12. NetSmartz, the site for parents, also contains activities and safety statistics for teens as well as lesson plans and safety tips for parents, educators, and law enforcement officials.
Camden County Library: Families and the Internet
An online class for young people and their parents from New Jersey’s Camden County Library.
The Carnegie Cyber Academy
A fun, educational game from Carnegie Mellon University’s Carnegie Cyber Academy. Commander Omni is in charge of helping users become ‘cyber defenders’ to protect computers from ‘cyber villains’ such as ‘Elvirus’ and ‘MC Spammer’. Players move through various missions and earn points which can be used to purchase items for their dorm room.
The Internet Keep Safe Coalition group teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents. Governors and/or first spouses formed this coalition in partnership with a growing list of crime prevention organizations, law enforcement agencies, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Operation Safe Surf
A service from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office designed to help educate not only kids and schools about Internet safety, but to also show parents how they can help keep their children safe online.
The Children’s Partnership
Contains “The Parents’ Guide to the Information Superhighway: Rules and Tools for Families Online.”
American Association of School Librarians: Guide to Internet Safety
A collection of web resources on Internet safety and filtering.
Great Web Sites for Kids Selection Criteria
From the American Library Association, “Selection Criteria: How to Tell if You are Looking at a Great Web Site.”