• January-February 2016
  • Vol. 16, No. 10

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Internet Safety Guide

While the technological advances made over the past several decades have catapulted human progress in many ways, digital progress also poses a real and alarming threat to children and youth. In November 2014, the Children's Safety Network (CSN) released a practical guide on Internet safety intended for use by parents and their children, educators, law enforcement, and all professionals, individuals, and communities dedicated to keeping youth safe.

Data from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey show that almost 15 percent of high school students experienced electronic (cyber) bullying in the prior year. With the normalization of and increasing necessity for appropriate Internet usage (e.g., research for school projects), youth's access to explicit and harmful websites and content is a growing concern (e.g., sharing inappropriate pictures of self or others on social media; websites that encourage dangerous behaviors such as self-mutilation and suicide).

The CSN resource guide provides links to a variety of organizations, publications, and resources focused on Internet safety. Specific attention is given to Internet safety as it relates to alcohol and drugs, cyberbullying, sexting (sending sexually explicit photographs or messages via cell phone), social networking, and suicide and self-harm. Each resource and link is paired with text that is concise, yet descriptive, making it an easy read.

CSN is a service of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Access Internet Safety: 2014 Resource Guide on the CSN website at http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/guides/internet-safety-2014-resource-guide.

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