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Tech Safety Links for Parents

posted Apr 26, 2013, 5:44 AM by William Farren   [ updated Oct 16, 2013, 4:25 AM ]
Below you'll find high-quality links to a variety of resources about technology safety from a parent's perspective. Keeping young people safe with technology requires many different approaches, using a variety of tools and techniques. There is no one approach or prescription that will work for everyone. There are simply too many variables. People own different devices which operate on a variety of systems. Each child is unique, having different needs and proclivities. Each child's environment is unique, shaping each child in a different way.

It is important to take several approaches when it comes to helping young people learn how to be safe online.  A technology-only approach using parental controls is not sufficient. It's important for parents to talk to their children, develop trust, coach, and provide reasonable oversight. The links below will help parents deal with the many complicated challenges involved in raising kids in a connected world.



Parental Controls for Mac OS X Leopard:

Open DNS Service- Web Filters:


Protect your PC from Microsoft
Keep your Family Safer from Microsoft

Open DNS Service - Web Filters:


AVG for Android (Anti Virus and Tracking App)

Web Services

Google: Safety Tools from Google
Facebook:  Family Safety Center from Facebook
Twitter: Safety Tips for Parents from Twitter
YouTube: Safety Center from YouTube
Instagram: Tips for Parents from Instagram


Internet Safety Site:
Internet Safety by Common Sense Media (Filter age range at top, left)
Online Safety for Parents Info from US Gov