Trail guides.

Navigating the paths to safe and thoughtful digital parenting might seem unfamiliar, puzzling and sometimes frightening.

Relax. We’re all in this together.

Below are some good websites I’ve come across, applications that seem handy, all the blogs that are categorized as “resources,” as well as some news and views that have given me some different perspectives on the topic. Hope you find them useful as well.

*Please note website descriptions are in their own words.



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If you think you have seen a missing child, or suspect a child may be sexually exploited, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Report Child sexual exploitation

Use the CyberTipline to report child sexual exploitation

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Get Help Now — Report Cyberbullying, Internet Crimes and online exploitation of children

Data Security and Privacy

Additional Resources re: Safe and Thoughtful Digital Parenting

  • Be Internet Awesome - To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.

  • Childnet International | Parents and Carers - Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

  • Children’s Commissioner’s Office - The Children's Commissioner is concerned that information collected about a child today might jeopardise their future, potentially affecting whether they are offered a university place, job or financial products (such as insurance or credit). She is worried by the risk of a child’s data being used to commit identity theft when the child turns 18. A report on the data collected about children and how it might shape their lives.

  • Child Rescue Coalition | Kids for Privacy Campaign - Child Rescue Coalition’s mission is to protect children from sexual exploitation.

  • Common Sense Media - Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.

  • - A Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.

  • Cool Mom Tech - The go-to source for millions of parents who want commonsense info about tech delivered with a smile.

  • CyberWise - Digital parenting is daunting, but we can help! Learn about everything from social media to cyberbullying, sexting, digital reputations and more--so you can help kids embrace technology safely and wisely. 

  • Family Online Safety Institute | Good Digital Parenting - Online safety is everyone’s concern - from preschoolers to grandparents.  The Family Online Safety Institute brings a unique, international perspective to the potential risks, harms as well as the rewards of our online lives.  FOSI’s 20+ members, from Amazon to Verizon represent the leading Internet and communications companies in the world.  And our work encompasses public policy, industry best practice as well as good digital parenting.

  • iKeepSafe - The iKeepSafe mission is to provide a safe digital landscape for children, schools, and families by supporting the protection of student privacy, while advancing learning in a digital culture. To support this mission, we provide data privacy certifications to technology companies, educational resources to schools, and information to the community.

  • Internet Safety for Kids and Families Program - Since 2008, our Internet Safety for Kids and Families (ISKF) program has provided education to parents, teachers, and youth to help prevent and address online risks and teach good digital citizenship. Through partnerships, volunteerism, grants, and donations we've been able to deliver free events communities around the world. We are excited to also offer free resources and insights from our in-house ISKF Expert, Lynette Owens.

  • NetSmartz Workshop - An interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

  • SafeWise - The SafeWise Team is around to help you keep your home and family safe. Whether you’re looking to pick a security system or identify and remove common risks in your home, they’re here to help you find the best products and well-researched answers. At SafeWise they combine years of experience in home safety and security with user reviews and feedback to help take the guesswork out of living safe. Be sure to check out their "Internet Safety Guide for Kids.

  • Savvy Cyber Kids - Since 2007, Savvy Cyber Kids has been helping parents and teachers educate children in cyber safety, cyber ethics and other aspects of their daily tech lives. They offer a platform of FREE educational resources for preschool through high school students in two tracks: one for families, and one for educators.

  • Smart Social - provides positive online safety speeches and anti bullying training for over 1 million parents, educators, schools, and organizations each year.

  • Teen Text Speak Codes Every Parent Should Know - The blog has combed through their data to find the most common instances of text speak that teens are using these days. Some of this slang you’ll be familiar with, but much of it may surprise you!

  • Wait Until 8th - The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade.  By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone. Take the pledge here.

  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction | Internet Safety - The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in partnership with the Department of Justice (DOJ), are working to create awareness about Internet Safety. This site provides a compilation of resources, tools, and information to empower all stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, and administrators) to make safe, smart and ethical decisions about technology use. Access their program called "Interact!" that gives parents resources to have conversations with their children about internet safety.


App Reviews

  • Common Sense Media

    • Best Apps: Our Recommendations for Families - If it seems like the world of apps is overwhelming, that's because it is! But never fear -- our editors have combed through the thousands of apps out there to pick the best. Whether you want to teach your preschooler the ABCs or read a great interactive story, yes, there's an app for that.

    • App Reviews - Narrow results by age, device, pricing structure, genre, subject, skills, topics and more.

  • Cool Mom Picks


  • Apple Screen Time - With Screen Time, you can access real-time reports about how much time you and your family spend on your iPhone and iPad, and set limits for what you want to manage.

  • Bark - An award-winning service proactively monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 24 different social networks for potential safety concerns, so busy parents can save time and gain peace of mind.

  • Family Link - Help your family create healthy digital habits.

  • Moment - Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit.

    • Moment Family - Manage your family’s screen time from your own phone and set up time for your entire family to be screen-free using family dinner time.

News & Views


Whatever you do, please think before you share. More from WSJ's Joanna Stern via her animated children's book:


Dear Parents: The Internet Never Forgets — Many children growing up today will discover that their digital footprint began in utero and didn’t stop there. This phenomenon has come to be known as “sharenting”—when parents share pictures and videos of their kids on social media, creating an indelible trail of digital bread crumbs.