Using the Internet Safely

Welcome to NetSafe, the ILA webpage that contains information on how to use the Internet safely.

One of the primary concerns of the Illinois library community is the safety of children. We know there are legitimate concerns about the Internet. We know, however, that the best way to protect children is to teach them to guard their privacy and make wise choices.

Education will promote safe use of the Internet, not laws blocking access. We are pleased to offer these articles, links to Web resources, and our Internet Safety Bookmarks to you as tools to use and share in your educational campaigns.

Internet Safety Bookmarks
These bookmarks are designed as a series that will help educate youth and parents to make safe and informed decisions online. Each bookmark is aimed at a specific audience including kids, teens, and parents.

The three Internet Safety bookmarks are:

Dealing with Cyberbullies: Tips for Kids
Safe Blogging: Tips for Teens
Social Networking: Tips for Parents

MySpace and the Illinois Library Association provided funding for the printing and distribution of 400 each of the three bookmarks to every public library in Illinois. They were also given out on 2007 Illinois Library Day (April 19) and distributed during the 2007 National Library Legislative Day (May 2) in Washington, D.C.

Netsafe Press Release

The American Library Association joined the MySpace and Illinois Library Association partnership in June 2007 and one million NetSafe bookmarks were distributed at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., 21-28 June.

The bookmark files are available here for libraries to download and print locally.

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