Parents & Technology

E-Parenting… or Parenting in a Digital World

Today’s parents seek to find the proper balance between keeping up and staying ahead in our constantly changing digital world.  It is important for parents to understand the technology their children are using and to be able to monitor that technology.  The following PSA, produced locally by an area high school student, was developed to get parents asking some questions.

If it’s up to us, what do we do??

In an effort to support parents, this resource page provides a variety of information on teen internet safety, cyberbullying, and the “on-line” status of most youth today.

Government Resources & National Organizations

National Crime Prevention Council guide to cyberbullying:

U.S. Government website dedicated to the prevention and response of bullying:

FBI guide to internet safety:

Cyberbullying Research Center:

Federal Trade Commission/Consumer Protection Agency social networking information:

GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences. GetNetWise is a project of the Internet Education Foundation.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children program targeted for youth ages 5-17 (kids teaching kids about internet safety):

Forums and Tools is the world’s largets online safety help group. They provide information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. includes the following websites:

Online database of questions for parents, guardians and educators about Internet safey, computers, and the Web:

Digizen is a project of Childnet International (  Designed to teach children about responsible “digital citizenship”, internet safety, social networking and cyber bullying. This website includes the “Lets Fight it Together” video, games and resources:

Formally – Free cyber bullying curriculum activities and lesson pans for k-12 classrooms. Includes “Home Connection: information and suggested activities for families to reinforce at home:

Stay Safe Online is the website of the National Cyber Safety Alliance and includes tools and resources for home use, K-12 classroom use, higher education use and business use:

Tools and tips from the Microsoft Corporation:

Search Institute-supported project that provides a comprehensive resource on technology and media for families:

The Minnetonka (MN) school district has compiled a number of tips and resources on these topics:

Social networking forum for parents, teens, experts and educators:

Reports and statistics on the impact of the internet on youth and families:


Article on Facebook anti-bullying tools with support from White House:

Resources and links for parents, kids and teens on internet safety and online protection:

Pew Charitable Trust report on Teens, Privacy and online Social Networks:

Click here for the report

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) and its partners      DO NOT endorse any of the websites listed on this page and are not responsible for any of the content posted on these sites.  As with all listings found on the HCI website, information provided is for resource purposes only.