Maybe you work in the tech sector. Perhaps your firm has clients with a big internet presence. Or maybe you're responsible for paying attention to how your family uses the computer. That's why you'll want to know about the Net Cetera Community Outreach Toolkit, a free resource just released by OnGuardOnline.gov.
Last Friday, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz joined FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Deputy Secretary of Education Anthony Wilder Miller to announce the availability of the toolkit. The kit can help you reach your employees, your customers, and members of your community with important and practical information about helping kids stay safe online. Chapters offer tips on dealing with cyberbullies, as well as with texting, file sharing, and using mobile phones. Toolkit contents include:
- Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, a guide for parents;
- Heads Up, information for kids;
- videos for parents and for kids;
- presentation slides and notes; and
- ideas to help you give the talk about being safe online.
All the materials are in English and Spanish on CD and DVD.
With over 5 million print copies distributed in only 11 months, the Net Cetera booklet has been a run-away hit. The toolkit can help us reach even more people with this important information. The toolkit materials are free and in the public domain. Help spread the word about online safety by using them during a classroom visit, a Chamber of Commerce gathering, a scout meeting, or at PTA meeting. You may want to include your favorite parts in a newsletter or on your website, order free copies of Net Cetera and Heads Up for your school from bulkorder.ftc.gov, or share the toolkit with colleagues and community leaders. Let us know how you're using the kit because we'd like to share your ideas for outreach with others.