Cyber Safety Education and Resources
The following information will hopefully give parents and even citizens an insight into the reality of the Internet and other “cyber” technology. The emphasis is the need to educate our children when it comes to safety aspects of using this technology.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Youth Education & Safety in Schools (Y.E.S.S.) program, with the assistance of other department members to include DCSO Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) detectives, teaches cyber safety to our youth in Douglas County Schools. The Y.E.S.S. program teaches internet safety in the middle school and elementary school lessons.
We will also host workshops for parents, senior citizens or community groups. We must have a confirmed group of at least 20 participants to hold a workshop.
Community/Parent Cyber Safety Presentation
Community/Parent Cyber Safety Power Point Presentation
There is no video in the copy on the web site. To preview the video please contact our coordinator Phyllis Harvey, see above for contact information.
The Douglas County Parenting Coalition has created a blog/website that has resources for everything that any parent might need. There are specific resources for problems and issues that we all as parents are faced with and there are resources for problems that we may never dream we would have to deal with!
To Report Cyber Crimes:
First report to your local law enforcement agency:
- Unincorporated Douglas County – Douglas County Sheriff’s Office 303-660-7500
- Municipalities (crime happens within city/town limits):
- Castle Rock Police Department – 303-663-6100
- Lone Tree Police Department – 303-708-1818
- Parker Police Department – 303-841-9800
Check out the extensive amount of resource information on this important topic.
We will continue to add resources as we build this page. If you know of a really great site please let us know so we can share! These sites are listed as a resource to help you keep yourself and our youth safe. Please let us know if you find something on a site that is not appropriate. Below the quick resource guide is detailed information.
General Internet/Cyber Safety/Parent Guides:
At Facebook, nothing is more important than the safety of the people who use our service. On this page you can learn about our safety tools and resources.
GetNetWise is a public service organized by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be just "one click away" from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family's use of the Internet. GetNetWise is a project of the Internet Education Foundation.
NetSmartz Workshop is an educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that creates age-appropriate activities to help teach children how to be safer while online and in the real world. Parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement who want to understand more about the Internet and the possible risks children face online can learn dynamic ways to teach personal safety by visiting www.NetSmartz.org. Anyone can access innovative tools such as animated videos, safety pledges, and classroom activities at no cost.
The National Cyber Security Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a culture of cyber security and safety awareness by providing the knowledge and tools necessary to prevent cyber crime and attacks. The NCSA works through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors.
WiredSafety.org is the world's largest online safety help group. They provide information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. Wired Safety helps victims of cyberabuse ranging from online fraud, cyberstalking and child safety, to hacking and malicious code attacks. They also help parents with issues, such as Social Networking (MySpace, Facebook etc.) and Cyberbullying.
(1-800-THE-LOST) The 911 of the Internet, the resource to report cybercrimes.
A vast amount of cyber safety resources. It is a site developed by qualified federal agencies for the public. Learn about keeping yourself and family safe online.
Social Networking (to include blogging)
Social networking websites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and Windows Live Spaces are services people can use to connect with others to share information like photos, videos, and personal messages.
As the popularity of these social sites grows, so do the risks of using them. Hackers, spammers, virus writers, identity thieves, and other criminals follow the traffic.
Created by Microsoft.
Internet Monitoring Software
(They have free training guides you can download!)
National Institute on Media and the FamilyThe National Institute on Media and the Family is an independent, nonpartisan, nonsectarian, and nonprofit organization that is based on research, education and advocacy founded in 1996. The organization's mission is to maximize the benefits and minimize the harm of media on the health and development of children and families.
Additional Internet Resources
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a nonprofit organization established by Congress in 1984 to provide services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered and sexually exploited children. The Center's mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families and the professionals who serve them.
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