The Internet is a wonderful place to find all kinds of information to help you in your daily lives, but we know that it also houses a lot of dangerous or inappropriate material for little ones. This guide has been created to help caregivers and children navigate the web to find great resources that will encourage learning in fun, safe ways!
Suggested Local library database resource, available via TexShare:
Explora for Elementary School, High School, and Public Libraries
An easy-to-use search interface for K-5 students looking for magazine and newspaper articles, books and encyclopedias on a variety of topics, such as animals, art, music, geography, language arts, math, science and social studies. Explora is a free resource available to every library patron through the TexShare Databases. You can find it in the TexShare database “by subject” under “K-12 Resources.”
Our Youth Department has a collection of books suitable for parents and teachers that cover teaching methodologies, including homeschool options. Additionally, patrons can check out Practical Homeschooling magazine.
Go to the settings and turn on safe search. Miss Constance finds better results using Google than in using these sites which offer a "safe search". Google seems to have fewer ads than they do.
Bing has safe search settings.
Kiddle is a Google search engine for kids. It seems to be free of pornography, but there are, of course, Google ads at the top of the results list. The results page has illustrations, and it is possible to search for images, videos, and news. There is also a kpedia which is a kiddle encyclopedia. This may your best bet for a safe search site. Kiddle uses Google safe search but is not affliated with Google.
These sites are recommended for parents and/or with parental supervision.
Online safety information for kids, teens, parents, educators, and law enforcement agencies. Note that some of the content is graphic reality. Parental supervision highly recommended.
Information on cyberbullying from the US government.
Many wireless networks provide means for parents to control their children's use. There is also quite a bit of information on how to teach children the safe use of wireless.
An extensive site with information for children, parents and teachers. The information provided deals with all forms of the media. By the Canadian Centre for Digital and Media Literacy
Information about protecting your computer, your identity, and your business information while online.
There is information here about child safety on the net, and there is also very important information about guarding your computer from viruses and hacker attacks. Try taking the self test to find out how well prepared your computer is.
Reviews of TV, web sites, books, and music. This site also has articles on media use and abuse.
Check here for ratings of game software.