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Internet Safety

Surfing the World Wide Web opens the viewer to a world of possibilities: information, entertainment, and communication. With these possibilities comes a host of issues. The following sites offer valuable information concerning your privacy on the Internet, personal safety, the filtering debate, cookies, spam, and other concerns from a variety of perspectives.

New  Internet Safety Videos

Would you like a child or young adult you know to realize the importance of safety guidelines on the Internet? The Ocean County Library has two new videos to help you.

In these short tapes, children and young adults present dramatic scenarios that emphasize important information and guidance for their peer groups.

The Internet: Behind the Scenes is a five-minute video intended for grades 3-5. The second video, The Internet: A Lesson Learned runs approximately 8 minutes and is targeted toward young teenagers.

The videos are the result of a cooperative effort among individuals from The Ocean County Commission on Exploited and Missing Children, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, the Ocean County Department of Corrections, and the Lacey Township Board of Education, the Jackson Township Board of Education, the Ocean County Information System and the Ocean County Library. The group worked with students and educators from Ocean County College, the Lacey Township schools and the Jackson Township schools.

Both of these videos are now in the library’s collection and available for viewing. Check your local branch for copies and availability. 

General Resources

If you are new to the Internet, or have numerous questions on a variety of topics, try these sites. They are excellent starting points for those wanting more information about the Internet.

 The Living Internet
Have a question about the Internet? The Living Internet can probably answer it! Topics include the Internet, the WWW, E-mail, Chat, and Mailing Lists, among others. Each section explains how it was started, how it works, security issues, and why you may wish to try it out.

Privacy on the Internet

 Privacy on the Internet
This long and informative essay posted by Delphi, a site allowing Web users to create online forums for discussion, delves into privacy issues related to the Internet. This site attempts to shed light on several of the more disconcerting aspects of Internet privacy which have made headlines, including credit card theft.

Cyber Crime and Scams Online

 Internet Fraud Complaint Center
“The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).” This web site allows you to register complaints of Internet fraud and crime including child pornography, internet auctions, and computer intrusion.

This section of the Federal Justice Department deals with the new frontier of cyber crime, such as identity theft, electronic privacy, computer search and seizure, hackers, and other computer crimes. This is an excellent site to read about current legislation and conduct of the Justice Department in dealing with cyber crime. The site includes a chart of who to contact for assistance with different types of cyber crime.


View Ocean County Library’s policy for public access to the Internet.

 PEP: Parental Controls/Internet Safety Products
Created by PEP, (Parents, Educators, and Software Publishers) this site compiles comparisons of different filtering/blocking software programs. A short overview of features, pricing, platform, method, publisher and links to the products’ Web pages are included. Keep in mind that this site has not been updated since May 1999!

 Parental Filtering Software- ZDNet
Presented in 1999 by ZDNet and PC Magazine, each software product included is described in terms of what it offers, its purpose, how it filters out sites, what it blocks, how easy it is to set up, how efficient it is, and how much control you have over its settings.

Child Safe Search Engines

Both Netscape and Internet Explorer 5.0 allow the user to set up password protected controls over the types of sites that may be accessed at your home computer. In addition, a number of search engines now allow the user to filter their search results. Try one of the following, or check out Safekids.com list of child safe search engines.

AltaVista has a family filter that allows you to set guidelines for what to filter out of your search. This link takes you directly to the AltaVista family filter set up page. Their
FAQ describe in detail what they filter out.

Lycos offers a "
searchguard" for those wishing to place parameters on what types of sites will be returned.

Spam and Cookies

 CAUCE: Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail
This nonprofit volunteer organization of netizens seeks to halt SPAM, unsolicited commercial e-mail, through activism and legislation. Their
FAQ on Spam is helpful, as are their tips on avoiding or halting spam.

 DMA’s E-mail Preference Service
The DMA, or Direct Marketing Association, is the oldest and largest trade association for businesses that use direct marketing and database marketing. Simply register for this service, and you may limit some of the spam you might receive. All members of the DMA who wish to use unsolicited spam must first purge their lists of any consumer who has signed up for this service.

 Cookie Central
Exactly what is a "cookie?" Some Web sites will put a cookie on your hard drive, so that they can track how often you visit their site. Cookies also remember any passwords you might need for the site, so that you do not have to retype them. Sound good? Check out this site for an overview of how a cookie is written, where it is placed on your computer, and how to delete it.

Internet Safety...

For Parents

 The Children’s Partnership: Parents’ Guide to the Information Superhighway
Many parents may feel that their children know more about the Internet than they do. This guide seeks to narrow that information gap, with essays and advice for learning how to use the Internet, and helping your children to have a positive, informative experience when surfing the Net.

  The Internet Detective
This online tutorial contains overviews, exercises, examples, and quizzes that provide an introduction to the issues of information quality on the Internet and teach critical evaluation skills. There's an excellent module on URLs and deconstructing them. Free registration is required to set a cookie that will allow users to return to the site as necessary and work through the tutorial at their own pace (straight through takes 1 to 3 hours). Developed by staff at The Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT) at the University of Bristol.

 A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety
Posted by the FBI, this resource offers parents advice on protecting their children from becoming victims online. This resource lists signs that your child might be at risk while using the Internet, how to minimize your child’s risk while using the Internet, and what to do if you suspect your child is being contacted by a sexual predator online. It is available in both
English and Spanish.

Created for parents, Safekids seeks to assist parents in every facet of Internet use. Information about filtering software and child safe search engines is included, as well as Child Safety on the Internet, an essay on the benefits and risks of the Internet, and how parents may become better informed about both. Rounding out the page are links to numerous articles in the media about the Internet, as well as a Family Contract for Internet Use that parents and their children can pledge, sign and post. A separate section for parents of teenagers is included.

For Families

This comprehensive page for families contains three guides: one for
parents, one for children, and one for educators. Each guide offers a basic overview of how to navigate the Web. The Guide to Parenting Skills for the Digital Age seeks to explain what the Internet is, and how parents can use the Internet to their full advantage. Issues such as filtering software, privacy, and cyber-stalking are discussed. Links to other online resources round out this helpful section. The section for children discusses Internet safety, and offers a CyberSavvy Family Pledge. The section for educators seeks to assist educators in helping families learning about the Internet. It also suggests reference resources helpful for the classroom.

 Get NetWise
Get Netwise offers information for families wanting to know more about what is on the Internet, and how they can control it. It covers e-mail, chatting, instant messages, filtering out pornography and violence, and how to report trouble. Articles are written for a variety of age groups.

  Web Wise Kids
The mission of this Web site is to act as an Internet safety resource center for parents, teachers and children. It strives to encourage the entire family, especially those new to the Internet, to discover the wonderful opportunities in cyberspace. It is also designed to help parents and teachers equip themselves and their children for the possible dangers that lurk in cyberspace, and to prepare them to make good choices when confronted with difficult or confusing situations online.

 Surf Monkey’s Parents’ Internet Resource Center
A great all around site for parents. Beyond learning more about the basic concepts of the Internet, this resource has created a kids’ web browser and parental control filtering free for downloading.

  Family Contract for Online Safety
There are lots of "rules" on how kids (and parents) can use the Internet. The most important rule is that parents and kids agree to a set of criteria. Here are two pledges that kids and parents can take.

For Children

  Iggy & Rasper’s Internet Safety Game
An interactive quiz designed for young children that reinforces safety guidelines on using the Internet.

 Internet Schoolbus Kids’ Corner
Created by the Internet Schoolbus, Kids’ Corner offers safety tips when surfing the ‘Net, as well as links to some cool sites online.

 PBS Kids Tech Know
Learn Internet safety, and earn your Web license at the same time from this site!


The Ocean County Library provides customers with access to the information on the Internet as part of its mission to provide a wide range of resources which serve the current and future informational, educational, and recreational needs of the county's population.

The Internet is an unregulated medium. As such, while it offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing, inaccurate and/or illegal. It is not possible for the library to provide the same selection criteria as is used for other materials; therefore, the library does not assume responsibility for the content of material on the Internet. The viewing and use of materials on the Internet is the responsibility of each individual user, and the responsibility of parents or guardians for their children.

Locations with separate children's rooms or designated children's areas will provide filtered access to any graphics-based Internet PCs which are located in those areas. Categories which are filtered include pornography, sexuality/lifestyles, adult entertainment, and illegal activities. Filtering does not guarantee that offensive sites will be blocked, and children will not be denied access to unfiltered PCs elsewhere in the library.


Please Note: The Ocean County Library requires registration and a form of ID in order to use the public internet computers.


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