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Online Safety Resources

Resources and research

Online safety begins with you, so get the essential information you need for you and your family to more safely use the internet. Find top tips for internet safety, learn how to tell myths from facts when it comes to dangers in the online world, and read about the steps you can take to help protect your devices, information, and family online.

Defending your computer

Access to the seemingly limitless information and opportunities on the web often comes with some risk to your computer. How can you better secure and defend your computer and keep your personal information safe from cybercriminals? Use these resources to learn how to strengthen your computer’s defenses and train yourself to act cautiously as you make your way across the web. Get the essentials on how to help keep your computer free of viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, plus how to avoid being tricked into downloading them in the first place.

Guarding your information

Find out how to help protect yourself from scams that could be used to threaten your privacy or steal your identity and personal information when you bank or shop online. Phishing scams, malicious software, and database breaches are all techniques that online thieves can use to gather information about you and use it to impersonate or defraud you.

Resources for parents of children and teens

Whether you’re concerned about little ones, tweens, or teens, you’ll find easy-to-follow guidance that addresses their pressing online safety issues, including online bullying and the use of games and mobile phones. Videos provide quick internet safety tips and ideas for improving communication and protecting your family online.

Online safety presentations

Each of these presentations is designed to help you teach online safety to adults, except for "Take charge of your digital life," which was created especially for tweens and teens.

Each presentation includes instructions to help you prepare, as well as thorough notes to guide the speaker (who needs no expertise in Internet safety). You’ll also find pointers to other materials—brochures, videos, posters, and the like—that can help you enhance a presentation or create a new one.

  • Top tips for online safety
  • Protecting young children online
  • Take charge of your digital life

Research

  • Featured: Digital Civility Index Research
  • Microsoft computing safety index
  • Mobile phone manners and safety habits
  • Online bullying
  • Online reputation management

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