Internet Safety Resources for Parents

General Tips

Many social networking sites are not accessible to students who are using District #205 managed hardware and network resources appropriately. 

Students should be at least 13 before using most social media services.

Dealing With Bullies
If your student feels bullied, help us reinforce these three steps to deal with bullying or cyberbullying:

Do not respond to the bully. Bullies enjoy controlling the behavior of others. The first step to beating a bully is showing them they can't control you or your responses. Ignore the bully whenever possible. 

You are in control of your digital world. Use email, social media, & cell phone tools to block the bully's attempts. "Un-friend" and "un-follow" the bully so their social media messages are removed from view. The less you are exposed to the bully's messages, the more power you have over the bully. Your internet service providers and your cellular service providers can also help you block bullies if needed.

Contact your parents, teachers, school principal, or another trusted adult and tell them what is happening. Teachers and principals are trained to help in these situations, but remember that there are legal limitations to what they can do and tell you about. You can report the bully to your internet service provider or your cellular service provider so they can take action. Report abuses to social media networks so the bully's account can be examined for possible suspension. Sometimes it is appropriate to contact local law enforcement for help as well. You don't have to be silent - report the bullying behavior so something can be done to help you.

Visit the Illinois Attorney General's Stop Cyberbullying Website

High Tech Crimes Bureau/Illinois Child Exploitation Task Force

Google's Applied Digital Skills team has developed an Online Safety and Digital Well Being curriculum to help students learn how to stay safe online and use digital environments in healthier ways.

Privacy and Internet Safety, from Common Sense Media. Explore frequently asked questions by your child's age level. 

100+ Ideas to Keep Kids Busy This Summer, from Common Sense Media. Lots of free and low-cost ideas to reduce students' screen time during the summer months. 

Great Websites for Kids, from the Association for Library Service to Children. 

Galesburg Public Library offers free library cards to any student enrolled in Galesburg CUSD 205 schools - even if you live outside of Galesburg city limits! Call the Library at 309-343-6118 for details!

Get Cyber Smart with Phineas and Ferb -Disney is doing their part to help children stay safe online. Visit this site for answers to many of your questions about cyber safety and ideas to help you talk with your children about staying safe online. 

Facebook, Instagram, and Social Media - Explore questions and articles about students' use of social media. 

On Guard Online, from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), can help adults understand how to protect students online. This site also has a lot of great tips to help adults learn about online security as well!

Stop Cyberbullying targets the problem of cyberbullying directly and specifically.

CyberBully.org offers a guide for parents and kids who face cyberbullying as they learn to navigate our connected world. Notably, its Parent Guide to Cyberbullying is quite helpful. 

ConnectSafely provides safety tips & advice on nearly all areas of safe Internet use. ConnectSafely provides a number of Parent Guides, including: 

Parent's Guide to Education Technology Parent's Guide to SnapChat Parent's Guide to Cyberbullying
Parent & Educator's Guide to Media LIteracy & Fake News Parent, Educator, & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying The Senior's Guide to Online Safey

and more...

The Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information web page contains lots of video advice to help you stay safe, from protecting yourself from phone and internet scams to how to handle robo-calls and filing complaints.