Parents and guardians are the first line of defense in protecting their children against cyber crimes. As such, it is important that parents and guardians become familiar with cyber security and what actions they can take to ensure that their families enjoy and benefit from a safe online experience. Resources available in this section include The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, tips on handling cyber bullies and identifying malware and much more. Together, parents and children can become well informed cyber citizens well prepared deal with cyber threats and bullies appropriately.
The following proclamations confirm the Governor’s (present & past) commitment to NJ citizens by declaring October as Cyber Security Awareness month.
The Office of School Preparedness & Emergency Planning (OSPEP) is part of the Division of the Chief of Staff. Its goal is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the school population by providing direct support to New Jersey's schools in establishing safe and secure school environments and increasing their capacity to respond in the event of crises.
Revised Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998
Protecting Your Child's Privacy Online
Bill proposing to restrict certain sex offenders’ access to the Internet
N.J. Gov. Christie approves toughest anti-bullying law in the country
Net Cetera (from Onguard Online) is a booklet to help parents explain the dangers of being online, to their children. It also includes a glossary of current computer terms as well as links to additional Cyber Security awareness websites. This booklet will help parents explain to their children, the importance of using proper manners when communicating online or through mobile devices (cell phone, laptop), as well as the dangers of texting, sexting, and becoming a cyber bully. Additionally, it explains the dangers of person to person file sharing (P2P or peer to peer), what parental controls are available for computers and mobile devices, as well as how to protect your child’s privacy through the use of laws and permissions you give or don’t give. Discussing this book together, parents and their children will have an increased knowledge of the “do’s and don’ts” of Cyber Security.
The follow cyber security tip sheets provided by the NCSA & DHS present information to children and adults on how to stay safe when online. Please print and distribute these tip sheets as needed.
Stay Safe Online