Tips & Resources

NetSmartz is an Internet safety helpdesk and hotline for answering your questions about Internet safety, computers, and the Web. Parents, guardians, grandparents, teachers - any concerned adults - are welcome to use NetSmartz to better understand the opportunities and challenges children face online.

At NetSmartz you can find answers to questions about the online world. View the library for information about topics ranging from social networking, instant messaging, cell phones, chatrooms, e-mail, and gaming. You will learn the potential risks to children and how to help protect them while using certain websites and programs. New Internet Safety issues are addressed as they emerge so you will have access to the most current information available to help you protect this highly connected generation of children and teens.

NetSmartz is provided at no cost to the public by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. This service is made possible by generous donations from the Qwest Foundation.

GetNetWise was developed to help parents and teachers educate themselves and their children about safe internet use.


Internet101 contains technical tips for parents and guardians. This site drills down with the detail required for each home based computer system to be truly secured from outside hackers. The important issue is that should your system be compromised, it could cause massive interruption to your personal life. If illegal activity is traced to your IP address, law enforcement officials will be well within their jurisdictional rights to confiscate your personal computer, all associated files and documents, leaving your personal and household day to day operations in limbo for an indefinite period of time.


MediaSmarts is a Canadian non-profit organization based in Ottawa, Ontario that focuses on media literacy programs. In particualar, the organization promotes critical thinking via education resources and analyzes the content of various types of mass media. Surveys and studies performed by MediaSmarts have explored youth media consumption, such as television and internet use, as well as media issues. In recent years the organization's focus has shifted more heavily to digital literacy, although it continues to produce resources on traditional media. The funding for MediaSmarts is primarily derived from private sector sponsors and Canadian Government grants. The group partnered with Microsoft and Bell Canada to produce web resources for teachers and parents to protect kids online. MediaSmarts has received a number of awards for its work, including an award from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and several online awards for web-based content.


ProtectYoungEyes is a great resource to learn about different apps that today's children are into. They provide descriptions, age ratings, what parents need to know and much more.