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    June 2017  
     
 
 
It’s Internet Safety Month!
As a NetSmartz subscriber, you’re already doing a great job at protecting your information online and teaching others how to do the same, but we think June, National Internet Safety Month, is a great time for all of us to brush up on current safety trends and practices! Here are some quick tips to get you started this month!

Quick Tips
 
1 Double check which apps on your smartphone need to use your location information, especially those that track location while not being used.
2 Be careful on public wifi. Public wifi connections are often less secure than your home or work. It’s best to save sensitive transactions like online banking or money transfers until you’re on a secure connection.
3 Turn off Bluetooth when not in use. This helps limit your device’s exposure to potential hacks.
For more cybersecurity tips and information about staying safer online for kids, click here!
 
 
   
  Our Internet safety pledges are the perfect Internet Safety Month handout for internet users of all ages. With unique pledges for primary, intermediate, and middle and high school-aged students, we’ve got easy-to-implement and remember guidelines for everyone.  
Download them for free here!
 
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Cybersecurity doesn’t always mean hi-tech solutions. Have kids watch this month’s video to see how being careful about what types of questions you answer on and offline can help keep you safer!


 
 
         
     
 
   
     
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    May 2017  
     
 
 
What’s Online Safety Got to do With Missing Kids?
Did you know that the percentage of children with private access to the internet, either on their cellphone, tablet, or laptop, has increased to 64% in the past four years?

That means that more children have more time and opportunity to learn, play, and potentially meet others online than ever before. At NetSmartz, we’ve written about online sexual solicitations and the risks involved with meeting online friends “IRL” (in real life, that is), and this May, as part of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) “Rock One Sock” campaign to raise awareness about missing children, we wanted to share the story of Alicia, who at age 13, was groomed, lured from her home, and abducted by a man she met on the internet.

While Alicia was missing, NCMEC worked to publicize the case and distribute her missing child poster. After the abduction, Alicia’s abductor used live-streaming video to share her abuse online. That video was reported to law enforcement by an internet user who had seen NCMEC’s coverage of the case, and after a truly harrowing ordeal, Alicia was located and returned to her family. Alicia later noted “I truly believe that without the help of NCMEC, I would not be here today.”

Alicia’s story is extreme, but it serves as a reminder that the issues of online grooming and sexual solicitation are real and relevant.

We thank you for using NetSmartz resources to help keep children safer online. This May, help us keep lifesaving services and programs running.
To learn more about the Rock One Sock campaign, visit RockOneSock.org.
 
 
 
 
   
 
Help teens understand the offline consequences of online actions with this video in which Julie talks about when she left home for three weeks with a convicted murderer she had developed a relationship with online.


 
Watch Julie's Journey here!



 
May 4th is World Password Day!
This month's Club UYN video is a great reminder to take a minute to check your passwords and make them stronger!


 
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    April 2017  
     
 
 
April Awareness!
What do you know about sextortion? Judging by the word alone you might assume that it involves sex and extortion, and you’d be close. Sextortion is a serious crime that occurs when someone threatens to distribute sexts or other private and sensitive images if the victim does not comply with the blackmailer’s demands. Sextortion has been labeled by some as virtual sexual assault.

This month, NetSmartz is proud to help fight these crimes by raising awareness about sextortion and virtual sexual assault as a part of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
We will be launching a brand new social media campaign that will include:
 
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    Learn more about the issues and follow the campaign on Twitter @NetSmartz and @MissingKids, on Facebook as NetSmartz Workshop and MissingKids, and on Instagram as @NetSmartz and @MissingKids.
     
     
       
      April is also Autism Awareness Month, and NetSmartz has just the resources you need to teach children with special needs about Internet safety. Our modified safety pledges, developed using SymbolStix, combine imagery and chunked text to reach diverse learners.  
    View our safety pledges and other differentiated resources today!
     
      Watch it here!
     
    In this month’s brand new video of the month, kids learn about using the Internet to research projects that benefit the community! Perfect for National Volunteer Week!


     
     
         
         
     
       
         
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        March 2017  
         
     
     
    Messaging Mania!
    Did you know that according to a recent study, the average teen sends and receives 67 text messages a day!? That’s A LOT of communication! In this month’s newest web article, “Messaging, video chat & email”, we break down the most popular sites and apps and take an in-depth look at how each is being used.

    You may be familiar with apps like WhatsApp and Skype, may have heard about Snapchat and Kik, but how familiar are you with the growing “livestreaming” trend? Livestreaming is exactly what it sounds like: a real-time broadcast of whatever the user is filming. With juggernauts like Facebook and Instagram now offering live videoing options, the trend’s momentum continues to grow. The uses of livestreaming vary; from taking real-time questions from those viewing, to expanding on a topic that otherwise would be too lengthy to upload, live streaming offers users a new, novel way to communicate with the world.
     
    Learn more about livestreaming, messaging apps, and the other ways young tech users are communicating with NetSmartz.org!
     
     
     
     
       
      Protecting Your Kids Online  
    A basic guide for parents on how to take charge, monitor, and communicate with children about how they use the internet and other technology.

     
      E-Read Across America!
     
    As part of our Read Across America Day celebrations, this month’s video explores some of the countless books that young readers and adults alike can access with the swipe of a finger on an E-reader!


     
     
             
         
     
       
         
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        February 2017  
         
     
     
    February 7th is Safer Internet Day! Let’s Celebrate!
    Here at NetSmartz, we teach kids, parents, and educators how to be safer on the internet every day, but love to be a part of the Safer Internet Day celebrations that take place in over 100 countries worldwide! In honor of #SID2017, we are excited to present our latest web articles on online Sexual Solicitation and Inappropriate Content.

    Protecting Children from Online Sexual Requests
    Did you know that research suggests most online sexual solicitations are occurring between older teens? Though most teens report not being very bothered by these requests, in rare cases, such solicitations can lead to dangerous relationships with online offenders.

    To learn more about how to talk to children about sexual requests they may be getting online and warning signs that a child may be involved in an inappropriate online relationship, check out the brand new article here.
     
    Dealing with Inappropriate Content
    Today’s children don’t remember a time without the internet. They’ve grown up with the ability to find just about anything online anywhere, anytime. This article helps parents and educators understand what to do when children come across something inappropriate online, innocently or otherwise.

    With action-steps, conversation starters, and other resources for parents, this article is a great springboard for those seeking to start regular internet safety conversations with their children.
     
     
     
     
     
      Celebrating
    African American History Month!
     
      This month’s video celebrates 5 tremendous African-American technology innovators! Adults and kids alike will certainly learn some fun new facts from this video!

     
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        January 2017  
         
     
     
    Did you or a family member give or get a new gadget this season? If so, be sure to check out the latest web articles from NetSmartz on Social Media and Sexting to stay up-to-date on how to make sure kids’ and teens’ time online is fun, safe and drama-free.

    How to Talk to Teens About Sexting
    This article provides new insight into the perceived prevalence of sexting and how to discuss this sensitive subject with teens. Helping teens understand the risks associated with what many of them consider to be fairly harmless messaging can help deter them from sending sexually explicit messages that could jeopardize their future plans. Teens who have been caught sexting may:
     
     
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    Safer Social Media Use
    With over 75% of teenagers using social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, it’s important for parents and other trusted adults to understand the basics of popular sites and apps and the potential hazards. The good news is that most kids are using social media responsibly, but that doesn’t mean it’s risk-free. Our latest article details how social media sites and apps can put users at risk of:
     
     
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      Club UYN  
    This monthly video series for elementary students teaches kids to UYN (Use Your NetSmartz) and be safer online with songs, stories, and engaging printable and online activities!

    Tune in to NetSmartzKids.org each month for a brand new feature and activity!
     
             
         
     
       
         
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        December 2016  
         
     
     
    New Web Articles,
    Just in Time for the Holidays!
    Do you plan on buying technology gifts this holiday season? Perhaps a new smartphone or game system? Before you do, check out some of our new resources!

    Our new web articles “Be Smartphone Savvy” and “What you Need to Know About Online Gaming” focus on the latest trends in youth cellphone use and online gaming habits. Our articles:
     
     
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  • Include “Start the Conversation!” discussion prompts to begin a dialogue between you and your young tech user.

    With more kids accessing the internet than ever before, take the time this holiday season to learn about any gadgets from your children’s wish-lists. Understanding both the benefits and risks of the technology will help you keep your kids safer and pick the perfect gift this holiday season!
     
     
     
       
     
    Today’s smartphones are capable of just about as much as your laptop! Use this tip sheet to begin understanding the risks of smartphones and to implement a few safeguards so that you can help your child use their device safely.

     
    Click to download the tip sheet.
     
             
         
     
       
         
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    New Spanish-language
    PRESENTATIONS for GRADES K-2 & 3-5
      NetSmartz is excited to have launched two brand new Spanish-language presentations for students in grades K-2 and 3-5. These presentations are completely redesigned and updated to address the latest trends in internet use and safety.  
     
     
    Presentation for K-2
     
    Presentation for 3-5
     
         
     
      Featuring easy to remember safety rules, dynamic visuals and engaging videos, our latest presentations are both entertaining and educational! Each presentation features age-appropriate and developmentally relevant topics in online safety paired with clear, concise guidelines for safer internet use.  
         
    All NetSmartz presentations are available to stream or download at
    ES.NetSmartz.org/Presentations.
     
    Check them out today!
     
     
     
     
       
         
     
     
     
     
         
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      October 2016
     


     
     
    NetSmartz is proud to announce the release of
    FOUR NEW SPANISH-LANGUAGE RESOURCES!

    Visit ES.NetSmartz.org to view our array of
    Spanish-language tips, games, presentations and more!
     
     
    For Parents:
    Talking to Teens about Sexting
     
    For Teens:
    You Sent a Sext, Now What?
     
       
      Know that talking to teens about sexting is important, but unsure where to start? Use the conversation starters and talking points from our latest tip sheet, now available in Spanish, to begin discussions with teens about healthy relationships, online behavior and consequences. They missed the talk about sexting and sent an image they thought would stay private, but didn’t… luckily there’s a tip sheet for that. This graphically intriguing, comic book-style tip sheet for teens is now accessible in Spanish. With explicit steps on how to report unwanted spreading of images and get support, this tip sheet is an important resource for those seeking guidance after sending explicit messages.  
           
       
       
      The student project kit, perfect for school community service and outreach projects, has been updated! The Digital Art Swap has been replaced with an interactive web-comic activity, “Choices and Cheaters”, in which students choose to use digital ethics or to cheat in order to help CL win a trip to Australia! Engage teens and tweens and educate parents and communities with these multimedia presentations. About 30 minutes in length, these presentations provide a great overview of crucial online safety and digital citizenship lessons. With graphics and videos now fully translated into Spanish, these presentations are sure to entertain while they educate.  
           
         
         
     
     
       
         
     
     
     
         
         
     
     
     
     
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      NetSmartz Kids
    Presentations are Live!
     
    Talking to Teens about Sexting  
       
      Brand new interactive presentations for students in grades K-2 and 3-5 allow presenters to engage more directly with students around important digital safety topics. Download them today! Designed with parents in mind, this tip sheet helps begin conversations with teens about sending or receiving explicit messages. Learn how to bring up the subject in a non-threatening, low-stress way, and what steps to take if your teen’s image is already out there.  
           
      Website Warrior  
       
      Pique students’ interest in Internet safety with our latest game! Help Mike defeat viruses, phishers, and Trojans before they ruin his band’s website! Play through 5 different worlds and 16 unique levels. Hurry before the malware takes down his site! This project-based learning resource for students in grades 6-12 has been updated! The “Digital Art Swap” lesson has been replaced with an interactive comic book activity, “Choices and Cheaters”, which asks students to create a situation in which they must make the choice to use technology to cheat or use their digital citizenship skills.  
           
         
     
     
       
         
     
     
     
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      August 2016  
         
     
     
    New Presentations for Grades K-5
     
         
      The NetSmartz team is excited to announce the debut of our new, updated presentations for grades K-5, coming to you this month, just in time for Back to School! The new presentation format will allow you to interact more with younger students, engaging them in conversations between animated video clips, led by the familiar gang of Clicky, Nettie, and Webster.

    Also, instead of only one presentation, there will be two! A primary presentation appropriate for grades K-2 and an intermediate presentation appropriate for grades 3-5, which will make the lessons applicable and relevant to even more students than before!

     
      Primary Presentation for K-2
     
    Intermediate Presentation for 3-5  
         
             
         
     
      These presentations will replace the Router’s Birthday Surprise (RBS) Presentation, but will continue to deliver the same important messages about online safety. The RBS presentation will remain available for download until December 31, 2016, after which you can continue to access RBS as a standalone video or interactive activity at www.NetSmartzKids.org.




     
         
     
         
             
         
     
       
         
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        June 2016  
         
     
     
    Happy Internet Safety Month!

    June isn’t just the beginning of summer—it’s also Internet Safety Month! This month is all about making Internet safety a priority in your life.

    Over the summer, kids have tons of time on their hands, and they may spend a good portion of that time online. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or are another trusted adult, this is your chance to take a few minutes to teach some important lessons on Internet safety.

      Read this brief article for tips and conversation starters about gaming safety.
    Watch our latest NetSmartzKids Club UYN video with younger children so they see how Clicky gets prepared for Internet safety month!
    Remind kids that you’re a trusted adult and that they can always talk to you.
    Review this tip sheet so you can learn how to set up parental controls and protect your child’s privacy on social media sites and apps.
    Encourage older teens to report any inappropriate content or anyone who solicits them online to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®’s at CyberTipline.org.



     
       
     


    Learn about digital citizenship just in time for Internet Safety Month!Ideal for educators, librarians, law-enforcement officers, and youth group and camp leaders, this training is both educational and empowering.

     
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        May 2016  
         
     
     
    Last year, there were more than 460,000 reports of missing children in the US. This May, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is launching a campaign to tell missing children and their families that they will never be forgotten. We’re using an everyday relatable situation, a missing sock, as a symbol of support for missing children.

    Join our social media campaign, #RockOneSock. Wear one sock, take a “footsie” (a picture of your feet with one sock) and post it to social media using #RockOneSock. Tag friends to do the #RockOneSock challenge to spread the message!

    For more details, visit http://rockonesock.org/.



     
     
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    NetSmartz is showing its support for #RockOneSock by featuring Clicky, our favorite spokesrobot, wearing just one red sock! Check him out on Facebook and Twitter and then take your own footsie inspired by Clicky. Remember to “like” and “follow” NetSmartz!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
         
     
       
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    During the month of April, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is participating in Autism Awareness Month. Nearly half of children with autism will wander or elope from safe places. As an educator, law-enforcement officer, social service provider, parent, or other trusted adult, it is important for you to be aware of this. A child with autism could wander from school, an afterschool program, or even at home. Show your support this month by learning more about the issue; visit MissingKids.org/AUTISM.



     
     
      Safety Pledges
    with Symbolstix™

     
    NetSmartz is showing its support for Autism Awareness Month by highlighting its modified safety pledges developed using Symbolstix and created in partnership with National Autism Association. Teach Internet and real-world safety rules by incorporating these pledges into your work with children with special needs.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
         
         
     
       
         
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    The NetSmartz Student Project Kit
    Want an interactive way to engage your middle and high school students on digital citizenship? The NetSmartz Student Project Kit is the answer. This tool offers students presentations, skits, lessons, and other activities they can use to teach younger students and their peers about online safety and digital citizenship. Consider using this Kit during National Volunteer Week, a week in April dedicated to encouraging everyone to take an active role in helping their communities. NetSmartz knows the value of volunteers and encourages teens to get involved.

    The Kit includes:
     
    An overview of the main Internet safety and digital citizenship issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, and digital literacy

    Internet safety activities and project ideas for students in grades K-12

    Tips to help students lead their projects successfully

     


     
     
      Mike Chang’s band website has been hacked! Play the game as Mike, and help him defeat viruses, phishers, and the dreaded Trojan horse before they ruin everything. Play through 5 different worlds and 16 unique levels. Hurry and move fast before the virus ruins everything!

     
    Game is available on
    NSTeens.org and free on
     
     
     
     
     
         
         
     
       
         
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    Safer Internet Day:
    Play Your Part for a Better Internet
     
    This year’s theme for Safer Internet Day, “Play Your Part for a Better Internet,” applies to everyone! As an adult, model good behavior to show children how we can all make the Internet a more positive place for us to communicate and learn.

    To celebrate Safer Internet Day, watch live streaming of ConnectSafely’s Safer Internet Day event at Universal Studios Hollywood. Join in the conversation by tweeting #SIDUS16.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    You Sent a Sext. Now What?
    is a new tip sheet that expands our messaging to include teens who have already sexted and need help deciding what to do next. This tip sheet gives teens practical steps on what to do after a nude photo of them is already out there. It also includes tips about how to get it removed from websites, help stop it from spreading, get emotional support, and deal with bullying and blackmail.

    Download the tip sheet today at NetSmartz.org/tipsheets
     
     
             
         
     
       
         
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    Happy New Year from NetSmartz Workshop!
     
    We would like to thank all of the educators, parents, law-enforcement officers, and other trusted adults who have continually supported our online safety prevention education program at the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children.

    YOU are the reason NetSmartz Workshop is entering its 15th year and continues to grow, not only in the United States, but around the globe.



    To kick off the New Year, NetSmartz is proud to announce a brand new game,
    Website Warrior, for teaching digital literacy!


    In the game, tweens act as the NSTeens character, Mike Chang, whose website has been hacked! The goal is to help him defeat viruses, phishers, and the dreaded Trojan horse before they ruin everything.

    Students will learn:
    • What viruses are and what they do
    • What phishing is
    • What a Trojan Horse virus is
    • What designates a secure URL
    • The importance of a strong password

    Website Warrior will be available in early 2016 on NSTeens.org, IOS App Store, and GooglePlay.
     
     
     
             
         
     
       
         
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    from your friends at NetSmartz!
    Click the image below to play the e-card.
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    Free Professional Development Training
    In partnership with Disney’s Club Penguin, NetSmartz is proud to announce that our latest resource, Teaching Digital Citizenship, is available today! This free, online training tool provides practical tips for leading class discussions and highlights NetSmartz resources ideal for teaching each topic. This program provides an in-depth review of how to teach:

     
    • Digital literacy & ethics
    • Inappropriate content
    • Online sexual solicitation
    • Online privacy
    • Sexting
    • Cyberbullying

     
    This self-paced training program may also be used to apply for continuing education credits. Get started to earn your Teaching Digital Citizenship certificate today!



     
     
     
     
     
       
         
         
     
       
     
     
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    Help Stop Cyberbullying Before It Starts
    October is National Bullying Prevention Month – the perfect time to help teens learn how to resolve conflicts before they escalate. We all know that what starts out as something small – a snide comment, a misunderstanding – can quickly turn into a much larger problem, especially when it happens online.

    Share these tips with teens to help them learn how to manage their emotions, make responsible decisions, and avoid digital drama.

     
    STEP AWAY TO CALM DOWN.
    Pick an activity that makes you feel better like taking a walk, reading a book, or listening to music.
    TALK THINGS OUT WITH A FRIEND.
    Call, text, or get online with someone you trust. Choose a friend who will be supportive and calm you down.
    PUT ON THE OTHER PERSON’S SHOES.
    It can be hard to tell what people mean online. A comment you see as an insult may have been meant as a joke.
    THINK ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES.
    Some teens have gotten detention, been suspended, and in a few cases even been arrested for things they said online.
    ASK TRUSTED ADULTS FOR HELP.
    They may be able to give you good advice about how to deal with your feelings and help you talk calmly with the other person.
     
     


     
     
     
    SPLIT DECISIONS is our newest video that shows positive ways for teens to resolve online conflicts…and what happens when they don’t.

    Watch as two girls, Lily and Gabriela, make different decisions that lead them down very different paths. One leads to common ground. The other leads to digital drama. This video is accompanied by a discussion guide and activity cards for middle and high school students.

     
    Watch it now!
     
     
         
     
     
       
     
     
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    We’re going back to school!
     
         
      NetSmartz is excited to bring you these
    new and updated resources for the 2015-2016 school year.

     
      NSTeens Quizzes
     
    “NetSmartz Generation”  
       
      Three new interactive quizzes engage students with Internet safety and digital citizenship issues. How much do your students know about online privacy? What kind of Internet user are they? Have them take the quizzes to find out. In our newest NetSmartzKids rap, the kids of Clicky’s NetSmartz Generation stand up to Wanta-Know Wally when he tries to steal their personal information. Empower your K-5 students with this catchy anthem!  
           
      Internet Safety Presentations Teaching Digital Citizenship  
       
      Our recently updated presentations for Tweens, Teens, and Parents & Guardians are ideal for teachers, community leaders, and law enforcement officers. Download them now to get updated speaker’s notes, statistics, and tips. This online educator training was one of our most exciting new releases last school year. 1,000 educators have already earned their certificates. Join them and get tips on teaching online safety and digital citizenship to K-12 students.  
           
         
         
     
     
         
     
     
         
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      June 2015  
         
     
     
    Happy Internet Safety Month!

    June isn’t just the beginning of summer — it’s also Internet Safety Month! This month is all about making Internet safety a priority in your life.

    Over the summer, kids have tons of time on their hands, and they may spend a good portion of that time online. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or just someone who knows a child, this is your chance to take a few minutes to teach some important lessons on Internet safety.

        Talk to a teen about sexting with our
    sexting tip sheet.
    Watch our latest NetSmartzKids music video to teach younger kids about privacy.
    Remind kids that you’re a trusted adult and that they can always talk to you.
    Teach them how to report inappropriate content on the sites and apps they use.
    Show older kids how to report sexual solicitations to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® at CyberTipline.org.



    Don’t let this month go by without talking to a child about Internet safety.
    Every bit counts!


     
     
     
     
     

    Just in time for Internet Safety Month, NetSmartz has just released updated Internet safety presentations! Ideal for community leaders, teachers, and law-enforcement officers, these presentations are both educational and empowering.




    What’s new?
      Updated speaker’s notes and statistics
    More information about online sexual solicitations
    Tips on how to respond when kids see something inappropriate online

    Download the presentations today at NetSmartz.org/presentations

     
     
     
             
         
     
       
         
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    Missing Children’s Day
    May 25th is National Missing Children's Day. President Ronald Reagan established Missing Children’s Day in 1983 after a number of missing children cases gained attention in the media. The date was chosen to commemorate the day 6-year-old Etan Patz went missing in 1979. This was one of the first missing children cases to make national news.

    Etan and the thousands of children who go missing each year shouldn’t be forgotten. Missing Children’s Day is a reminder of how important the safety of every child is. This May, NetSmartz is encouraging everyone to make child safety a national priority. You can:

      Take some time to look at pictures of missing children. The public’s help is vital in the search for each child.
    Encourage parents to create and maintain a Child ID Kit, an important tool to have on hand if their children ever go missing.
    Follow NCMEC on Facebook and Twitter for news about National Missing Children’s Day. #missingchildren

     
     
     

    Don’t forget about the Speak Up for Safety PSA contest. There’s still time to enter!

    Encourage teens to submit a 30 to 60-second video explaining the one thing they think teens need to know about being safer online. The deadline for entries is May 12, 2015.


     
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    Introducing the NetSmartz Student Project Kit

    NetSmartz is proud to tell you about our newest resource—the NetSmartz Student Project Kit! This tool offers middle and high school students activities and projects they can use to teach younger students and their peers about online safety and digital citizenship. If you are familiar with the older Teen Volunteer Kit, be sure to check out this updated version.

    The kit is being released just in time for National Volunteer Week. NetSmartz understands the value of volunteers and is encouraging teens to take an active role in helping other students learn more about being safer online.

    The kit includes:
      An overview of the main online safety and digital citizenship issues
    Activities and project ideas for students in grades K-12
    Tips to help students lead their projects successfully

    This tool works well:
      In the classroom as part of an online safety curriculum
    To help students fulfill school community service hours
    As a youth group service project (e.g., scouting, 4-H, rotary clubs)



    Download the kit today at www.NetSmartz.org/StudentKit

     
     
     
     
        Another way to engage teens

    Have you heard about our Speak Up for Safety PSA contest? It’s another great opportunity for teens to help educate their peers. We’re asking teens (ages 13-18) to submit a 30 to 60-second video explaining the one thing they think teens need to know about being safer online. The deadline for entries is May 12, 2015, so spread the news!

     
     
     
     
     
         
         
     
       
         
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    YouTube Releases Kids App
    If you’ve ever been on YouTube, you understand how quickly it can suck you in. You may start out looking at a video about the latest awards show and then find yourself watching your 6th cat video.

    Everything on YouTube, however, isn’t appropriate for all audiences.

    So YouTube has launched a new app just for the little ones: YouTube Kids. This app only features family-friendly content and all videos are divided into four categories: shows, music, learning, and exploring.

     

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    The creators of YouTube Kids thought about more than just offering age-appropriate videos.

    The app allows parents to:
    • Turn off the search function limiting kids to pre-selected videos
    • Turn off background music and sound effects to cut down on noise
    • Limit screen time with a timer that tells children when their session is over

    What do you think of YouTube Kids? Check it out and let us know.

     
     
     
     
     
     

    Did you know that NetSmartz has a YouTube channel?

    Check it out and catch up with the NSTeens or watch one of Clicky’s music videos.

     
     
     
     
     
     
    Support NCMEC and Save at Chuck E. Cheese’s
    Chuck E. Cheese’s® and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® are working together to keep kids safer. Just Say YES! at the register on March 26, 2015 and 15% of your purchase will be donated to NCMEC. Visit www.missingkids.org/ChuckECheese for participating locations and coupons. Pass it on!
     
     
     
     
     
         
         
     
       
     
     
         
     
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    In partnership with Disney’s Club Penguin, NetSmartz is proud to announce that our latest resource, Teaching Digital Citizenship, is available today! This free, online training tool provides practical tips for leading class discussions and highlights NetSmartz resources ideal for teaching each topic. This program provides an in-depth review of how to teach:

    • Digital literacy & ethics
    • Inappropriate content
    • Online sexual solicitation
    • Online privacy
    • Sexting
    • Cyberbullying

    This self-paced training program may also be used to apply for continuing education credits. Get started to earn your Teaching Digital Citizenship certificate today!



     
     
     
     
    It’s Safer Internet Day!
    Today, Safer Internet Day celebrates its 11th year.
    This day reminds everyone what an important role each of us play in making the Internet better. Safer Internet Day isn’t just for children. It brings online safety concerns to everyone’s attention. People all across the world, from South America to Australia will be celebrating.


    Follow @NetSmartz on Twitter

    We’ll be live-tweeting ConnectSafely’s Safer Internet Day event from Menlo Park, CA. #SIDUS15. You can also visit the Safer Internet Day website to share “One Good Thing” you’re doing to make the Internet better.

     
       
           
           
     
         
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    New Year, New Privacy Settings
    Did you know major social media websites like Facebook and Twitter have updated their privacy features? Start the new year by getting familiar with the changes.

    What’s new?
    Twitter recently enhanced their reporting procedures and made it easier to flag tweets for review. Facebook just released a new feature called “Privacy Basics” that uses simple animation to teach users how to navigate their privacy settings.

    Twitter also added a feature that allows you to search for any public tweet ever posted. This update makes tweets easier to find and track. In a similar fashion, Facebook now features specific searches that can bring up statuses and shared posts from your entire timeline.

    Features like this may make it easier for people to find posts containing personal information or inappropriate content. They also remind us why it’s so important to make sure you’re familiar with the settings on your social media accounts. Take a few minutes this month to look through the new features and update your privacy controls.

     
     
     

    “6 Degrees of Information” is a video that shows teens how easy it is for someone to find information about them online with only six clicks.

     

    Download the video and lesson plans to help middle and high school students learn to think critically about their digital footprints.


     
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