Featured: Info for Parents

Kids spend time online: chatting with friends, sharing photos, doing homework. The internet offers a world of opportunities, but there are risks, too.

The best way to protect your kids online? Talk to them. Kids rely on their parents for important information – like how to be safe and responsible online.

Here are some resources to help you get started.

Free Publications from the FTC

Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online (PDF)

You don’t have to be a tech expert to talk to your kids about online safety. Whether kids are using a smartphone, a laptop, or a tablet, the conversation is about your expectations when they’re online. Net Cetera offers practical tips about issues including social networking, mobile devices, computer security, sexting, and cyberbullying. We also have tips to help you spread the word about kids' online safety in your community.

Safeguarding Your Child's Future

This guide for parents explains what child identity theft is, how to reduce the risk, and what to do if it happens to your child. The booklet includes to-do lists, contact information, blank forms, and the Uniform Minor’s Status Declaration.

About Protecting Kids Online

Kids and Socializing Online

Tips for parents whose teens use social networks

Kids, Parents, and Video Games

Information for parents about video game ratings and parental controls

Protecting Your Child’s Privacy Online

Here’s information about parents’ rights under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Kids and Mobile Phones

Tips for parents whose kids use mobile phones

Kids: Texting and Sexting

Tips for talking to your kids about texting on their phones

Cyberbullying

Tips for parents about how to prevent or stop cyberbullying

About Computers and Mobile Devices

Computer Security

Tips to help you secure your computer and protect yourself from hackers, scammers, and identity thieves

Malware

Tips for avoiding, detecting, and getting rid of viruses and spyware

Understanding Mobile Apps

Questions to consider before you download mobile apps

P2P File-Sharing Risks

Computer security risks to consider before sharing files through a P2P network