Internet Safety for Children: What Charities and Libraries Should Know

Child using an e-reader

We want to tell everyone about a new guide by MoneySavingPro that came out recently on child Internet safety. The guide includes online safety tips for children less than five years of age all the way up through teenage years.

As the Internet has become common in our children's lives at all ages, it has introduced the possibility of pornography, sexual advances, and cyberbullying threats. MoneySavingPro is a company that provides advice on products and services to consumers. It wrote the guide with parents in mind, but the guide is also useful for charities and library who work with children and need to make sure they are safe.

Child using a laptop with an adult

The new guide cites the following U.S. Department of Justice stats:

  • Thirteen percent of youths with Internet access have been victims of unwanted sexual advances.
  • One in 25 kids have been solicited for offline contact.
  • Forty-seven percent of Internet sex crimes involve offerings of gifts or money during the "relationship-building" phase.

Find out about tools like white lists and parental control settings to keep the children your organization looks after as safe as possible online. Check out the new Internet Safety for Kids Guide.

More Internet Safety Resources from TechSoup

  • On April 18, join a free webinar with IT security pro Julian Egelstaff. He'll will point you to a variety of resources that can help you make the best security and privacy decisions. Keep your organization safer in our connected age!
  • On April 19, see how others in the nonprofit community keep their data safe with the Microsoft Cloud during this free webinar. We'll explore account security options like two-factor authentication, data security features like encryption, and how to make sure only compliant devices can access your data.

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