Good Digital Parenting
Blog | July 29, 2013

Welcome to NetSmartz Workshop

Project Consultant, Child Safety and Privacy Professional

Teaching children about Internet safety can be challenging—especially when it seems like they know more about the Internet than you do. Fortunately, you’ve found an ally in NetSmartz® Workshop

NetSmartz is an Internet safety program developed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®. Parents, educators and other trusted adults can use our resources to teach children how to identify and handle issues like cyberbullying, online predators and revealing too much information. 

Understanding these issues can be more valuable than knowing how to operate a single Internet platform. If you only know how to use the security features on Facebook, you can only protect your children on Facebook. But if you teach your children a general Internet safety lesson, to not share personal information for example, it can be applied anywhere online. 

Our Resources 

To help children learn about the Internet safety risks in an age-appropriate way, NetSmartz has created a series of targeted resources. 

  • NetSmartzKids resources are for children ages 5-10. They include e-books, games, printable activities and the animated NetSmartzKids video series. In the videos, children learn Internet safety lessons with the help of Clicky, the Internet safety robot, and his friends. 
  • NSTeens engages tweens ages 8-12. Resources include games, an interactive comic, and the animated NSTeens video series. The videos follow the adventures of a group of friends that are learning to navigate the Internet safely while dealing with issues like cyberbullying and online predators. 
  • The Real-Life Stories video series lets teens hear stories from their peers—some of whom have experienced online victimization first hand. The teens share their stories because they don’t want it to happen to anyone else. 

Use the videos’ accompanying activity cards to help children further explore the lessons. Then, engage children in an Internet safety dialogue using NetSmartz discussion guides, tip sheets and presentations. 

The more you talk to children about Internet safety, the more likely they are to make smart choices online. Make NetSmartz Workshop a part of your conversations today. Start by checking out a video from each of our series and visiting for more resources. Then come back to this blog next week for an announcement of our newest tools.