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Best practices suggested by the FBI, CIA and others
Brain in the News - Child Cognitive Development Issues
News about Kids and the Internet
Online Safety Guide - Get Net Wise
Online Safety Guide - Department of Justice

The Children's Partnership - The Parents' Guide to the Information Superhighway: Rules and Tools for Families Online
This guide is for parents who have begun to see that computers and online services will be or already are a part of children’s at school, at community centers, at home, or at the library—and who are looking for some guidelines and advice. We have written it with the computer novice in mind and have provided simple definitions and ideas for how to get involved.
CIA - Central Intelligence Agency Internet Safety
The CIA is committed to keeping children safe on the Internet. They encourage parents and teachers to be involved in children’s Internet explorations and offer tips, suggestions, and best practices:
CyberAngels- Parent's Guide
At Cyberangels, we know you have concerns about your child's use of the Internet. We are concerned too. We've put these pages together to help you and your child reach a comfortable agreement about proper use of the wonderful vast resource now available.
GetNetWise- Online Safety Guide
The Internet offers kids many opportunities for learning, constructive entertainment, and personal growth. At the same time, parents are concerned about the risks kids face online. The challenge for parents is to educate themselves and their children about how to use the Internet safely.
US Department of Justice - Online Safety Guide
Provides information for children and parents about the different aspects of justice - like internet crimes, drug prevention FBI's Most Wanted List and many laws that can help protect you and your rights.
US Dept of Justice Criminal Crime - Online Safety Guide Internet Safety and Responsibility is an issue that is often a concern for parents.  This site enables children to learn the "ethics" of the Internet, as well as security. 
US Federal Bureau of Investigation- A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
The same advances in computer and communications technology that allow our children to reach out to new sources of knowledge and cultural experiences are also leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and harm by computer-sex offenders.

Brain in the News - Child Cognitive Development

Hyper Kids? Cut Out Preservatives - A news article
There is now proof that artificial ingredients in food are affecting children's behavior.  A recent study shows a variety of common food dyes and the preservative sodium benzoate — an ingredient in many soft drinks, fruit juices, salad dressings and other foods — causes some children to become more hyperactive and distractible than usual.

News Articles and Stories

Internet Porn - It's Bad for Your Child's Development - A news article
Exposure to Internet Pornography can lead teenagers to lose their virginity at a "much younger" age according to researchers.  Males between age 12 and 17 who regularly viewed porn had sex at an earlier stage in their lives and were more likely to initiate oral sex, apparently imitating what they had watched.  The researchers warned that the rise in the viewing of pornography was implicated in a variety of sexual problems - including a rise in levels of STDs and teenage pregnancies - and called for parents to be more aware of what their children were watching.

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Economic Crisis - A news article
With doomsday financial scenarios screaming from the headlines and television, there's no question that kids will pick up on the anxiety in the air. Talking to them about what's happening in both the economy and the family budget is crucial -- because the less we say, the bigger they might imagine the monster in the closet to be. But what's the best broach to this loaded topic? Read the article to find out.


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