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The internet is like any other public domain where people and institutions engage in personal or business-related transactions — it comes with risk. Just as we warn children about strangers in the neighborhood, it is equally important to understand the risks that come with internet use, and how those risks can be minimized by being aware of them and taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe internet experience. Fortunately, there are many organizations and law enforcement organizations that provide free guidelines and resources for safe internet use.
For Protecting Yourself
Do you wonder which websites are safe for your to visit? What is appropriate to share online? To help you gather more information and become more confident, here are some resources for training and further information.
- Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) — The CISA Cybersecurity Awareness Program is a national public awareness effort to increase the understanding of cyber threats and empower the American public to be safer and more secure online.
- GCFGlobal.org — This program has helped millions worldwide learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. The program provides internet safety tips in a self-paced course format.
- Microsoft Online Safety — Microsoft provides online safety resources; with top tips for internet safety, and work to prevent and combat online bullying and harassment for individuals, parents, young adults and teachers.
- Google Safety Center — Google provides information on how to use its built-in security features to ensure your private information is safe.
- The U.S Federal Trade Commission — This agency provides information for understanding online privacy, protecting your devices from hackers and threats, and avoiding common online scams.
For Protecting Children
Do you wonder which websites are OK for your child to visit? What is appropriate to share online? To help you feel more in control, we’ve put together a list of some top resources to help you keep your children safe on the internet.
- Michigan State Police — Tips for Internet Safety for both kids and parents.
- Common Sense — This nonprofit's mission is to ensure the digital well-being of children everywhere. It does this by providing reviews on digital applications and media and offering advice to parents and educators on what may or may not be appropriate for children. This is designed to help them make informed choices
- ConnectSafely.org — This nonprofit organization offers research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.
- Internet Safety 101 — This multi-media internet safety resource is designed to educate, equip and empower parents, educators, and other adults with the knowledge and resources needed to protect children from internet dangers, including pornography, predators, cyberbullies, threats related to online gaming, social networking and mobile devices.
- NetSmartz — An interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer online. The program is designed for children ages 5 to17, parents and guardians, educators and law enforcement.
For Protecting Your BusinessMichigan takes a lead role in finding innovative solutions for protecting the security of systems, responding to cyber threats, and building a robust cyber ecosystem for people across the state, country and world. Click here to learn more about Michigan's cybersecurity.