ABOUT Net Cetera
The internet offers a world of opportunities. People of all
ages share photos and videos, build online proﬁles, text each
other and create alter egos in the form of online avatars.
These ways of socializing and communicating can be
fulﬁlling, and yet, they come with risks:
The online world can feel anonymous. Kids sometimes forget
that their online actions have real-world consequences.
Some people online have bad intentions, including bullies,
predators, hackers and scammers.
You may be concerned that your kids could ﬁnd pornography,
violence or hate speech online.
The Net Cetera Community Outreach Toolkit was created as
part of OnGuardOnline.gov, a project that provides practical
tips from the federal government and the technology
community to help you guard against internet fraud, secure
your computers and protect your privacy. The project is
managed by the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s
consumer protection agency, and includes more than a
dozen federal agencies.
The kit will help you offer the people in your community
information about protecting kids online. It includes Net
Cetera, a guide for parents; Heads Up, information for kids;
slides and videos to use in a presentation; and ideas to help
you spread the word about online safety.
HOw TO Use THe Net Cetera
CommuNity outreaCh tooLkit
Regardless of your experience as a speaker—or your expertise
in online safety—this kit has the resources and information you
need to convey key points about protecting kids online. How
you use it is up to you: give a presentation, play the videos at a
meeting or distribute the Net Cetera booklet through your local
school or PTA.
This kit is meant for parents, teachers, law enforcement
ofﬁcers—in short, anyone who cares about the subject—to use
with friends, neighbors, colleagues, teachers and kids. All the
materials and videos are available in both English and Spanish.
The kit has a number of tools to help you reach out to people
you know. All the content is in the public domain and can be
found on the enclosed CD and DVD. Adapt any of the content
for your audience and speciﬁc outreach needs.
How to Plan and Host an Online Safety
Includes a 10-minute presentation on talking with kids about
safe and responsible online behavior, as well as tips and a
checklist for a successful Net Cetera presentation.
Help Spread the Word
Tips and ideas for getting the word out about online safety.
Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About
A comprehensive guide to help parents, teachers and other
people help kids stay safe online. You may order free copies
for distribution at bulkorder.ftc.gov or download a PDF of the
guide from the enclosed CD or OnGuardOnline.gov.
Heads Up: Stop. Think. Click.
A resource for kids about why and how to stay safe online.
A color copy is included in this kit. Use it as a handout:
photocopy it, print it from the CD or OnGuardOnline.gov, or
order free copies at bulkorder.ftc.gov.
Net Cetera DVD
Includes videos for parents and kids to spark conversation or
use as part of a presentation.
Net Cetera CD
Includes the kit, the presentation slides and the guides in
English and Spanish. Everything on the CD can be printed or
posted online. Consider using the information in a newsletter
or blog post, or sharing it with a listserv.
Organizations you may want to contact for more information
about keeping kids safe online.
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HOw TO PLAN AND HOsT AN
ONLINe sAFeTY PReseNTATION
One way to spread the word about protecting kids online is
to give a presentation to a group. It might be a PTA meeting,
a community forum or a classroom discussion. You may
want to schedule a meeting to talk about the importance of
online safety—or put it on the agenda of an already
The presentation slides are written for an audience of adults.
The following tips offer general presentation advice.
Where to Find the Presentation
The presentation slides on the enclosed CD can be used
as is or adapted for your audience. Each slide has talking
points to help guide your presentation. To view the talking
points in PowerPoint, click the “View” tab on the top toolbar
and then click “Notes Pages.”
Going through the slides takes about 10 minutes. You
may want to include one of the videos or a question and
Setting the Stage
»Consider the size of your audience and their interest in
»Know the start time of your presentation and how long
you’re expected to speak.
»Think ahead about set-up needs (speakers, display
screen, available electrical outlets, etc.).
Checklist for the day of the presentation:
Copies of Net Cetera
Copies of Heads Up
Net Cetera DVD
The PowerPoint from the enclosed CD
or a version you have edited
A copy of your talking points or notes
Business cards (or contact cards)
* When ordering from bulkorder.ftc.gov, allow four weeks for
delivery. Need copies sooner? You can print Net Cetera and
Heads Up from OnGuardOnline.gov or the enclosed CD.
Preparing for the Presentation
» Think about what you are asking your audience to do.
Perhaps you’re encouraging parents to talk with their
kids about safe and responsible online behavior. Maybe
you’re talking to kids about making smart decisions
online. Identifying the message and goal of your
presentation will help you determine how to structure it
and what information to have for your audience.
» Prepare your leave-behind materials.
• Order free Net Cetera guides at
bulkorder.ftc.gov and distribute them at your
• Presenting to kids? You can order free copies of
Heads Up at bulkorder.ftc.gov.*
• Rehearse out loud.
• Time your presentation.
• Think about questions that may come up and how
you will answer them.
Engage the Audience
Starting your presentation can be as easy as showing the
video and asking for reactions. If you’d like to include some
recent statistics about kids’ online activities, check out the
Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project at
pewinternet.org. Or, try a few questions to break the ice:
» Raise your hand if you think your child knows more
about the internet and technology than you do.
» Raise your hand if you think you know more about
communicating respectfully off-line than your child does.
(Parents know a lot that’s relevant to this conversation
with their kids, even if they’re not tech-savvy.)
» How much time do you think your kids spend online each
day? Each week? That includes time on their phones!
» What are your kids’ favorite websites or online games?
» Do your kids have their own computer? Do they have
» What are your main concerns about online safety?
» Do you text? Do you text with your children?
After your presentation, you may want to take questions from
the audience. Net Cetera can help you prepare for questions
about a number of topics, including:
»Social networking sites
»Protecting kids’ information
»Cyberbullying and online harassment
»Security software and parental controls
In addition, a list of possible questions and answers is at
Presenting to Kids
Talking to kids about online safety? The presentation in
this kit, as well as Heads Up, can help you come up with
talking points and a structure for your presentation. To kick
things off, use the videos included on the DVD—or ask a few
»How much time do you spend online?
»What do you like to do online?
»Do you sleep with your cell phone in reach?
»Raise your hand if you post pictures online. Have you
ever posted or sent anything you later regretted?
»Raise your hand if you or one of your friends has ever
received a text message that was hurtful or mean-spirited.
»Have you ever talked to your parents about something
that bothered you online?
»Have you ever talked to another adult about something
that bothered you online?
Consider making your presentation interactive. Prepare
scenarios to discuss with the group—news stories can
be good starting points. Ask the kids how they might
have handled an incident that involved sharing too much
information, cyberbullying, posting embarrassing photos
or sexting. You also can break into smaller groups and ask
each to discuss a scenario and develop a list of their top ﬁve
online safety tips. You may want to invite the small groups to
present their work to the whole audience.
HeLP sPReAD THe wORD
There are a number of ways you can spread the word about
kids’ online safety. Whether it’s talking to your neighbors,
sharing information on social networking sites or reaching
people through the media, you can do a lot to raise
awareness and help kids navigate the online world.
Spread the Word — Community
Here are some simple but effective ways to get the word out
about online safety and Net Cetera in your community:
»Talk to a local PTA coordinator about discussing or
distributing Net Cetera at the next meeting.
»Tell your local school principal about Net Cetera, and
suggest the school mention Net Cetera in an email to
parents or post a link to OnGuardOnline.gov on the
»Offer free copies of Net Cetera for your local community
or recreation center, or library.
»Write a blurb about Net Cetera for the weekly bulletin at
your place of worship.
»Post ﬂyers at your community center, school or library.
»If you’re a member of a book club, host a discussion
about Net Cetera at your next meeting.
»Share short tips from Net Cetera with a link to the
»Comment on others’ messages, and share what others
have posted about Net Cetera or relevant online
social Networking Tips
»Update your status with tips from the Net Cetera
guide. Follow OnGuardOnline.gov at
facebook.com/OnGuardOnline for short, online
safety tips you can share.
»Post a link to Net Cetera on your proﬁle and encourage
your friends to check it out.
»Join groups about online safety or parenting, and let
them know about Net Cetera and OnGuardOnline.gov.
Spread the Word — Online
What better place to talk about online safety than online?
The internet and social networking sites give you the chance
to share online safety tips with friends down the street and
across the country.
Net Cetera and the other resources in this kit are at
OnGuardOnline.gov. Link to the guide from your blog or
social networking proﬁle, grab the web button or videos for
your site, and use the information in a blog post or email
to your neighborhood list serv. The content is in the public
domain, so feel free to adapt it for your needs.
If you have a blog:
» Write a post about Net Cetera and talking to kids about
online safety. Tell your readers they can ﬁnd Net Cetera
at OnGuardOnline.gov and order copies at
If you read blogs:
» Reach out to bloggers who are talking about online
safety or parenting. Let them know about Net Cetera,
and tell them they can link to it, grab the web button and
use the information in a post.
Spread the Word — Media
Your local media can help you spread the word about kids’
online safety. Here’s how to engage this audience:
» Call local newspapers, TV news or radio stations and
ask if they’re interested in covering—or planning a story
about—online safety. Encourage them to include links to
Net Cetera and OnGuardOnline.gov as free resources
in their stories or on their websites.
» Think about what you can offer for a story—maybe
an interview with a local police ofﬁcer, teacher or
community leader, insight from local parents and kids,
and Net Cetera.
Consider when reporters might be most interested in this
subject. Reach out to them when online safety may be top of
mind—like the holiday season when people are buying new
gadgets and kids are home and online. If there is national or
local news coverage about an online safety issue, use the
opportunity to follow up with your local media outlets and
offer them an interview with an expert or resources to help
OnGuardOnline.gov Practical tips from the federal
government and the technology community to help people be
on guard against internet fraud, secure their computers and
protect their privacy.
FTC.gov/idtheft The Federal Trade Commission’s website
has information to help people deter, detect and defend
against identity theft.
StaySafeOnline.org The National Cyber Security Alliance
seeks to create a culture of cyber security and safety
awareness by providing knowledge and tools to prevent
cyber crime and attacks.
CommonSenseMedia.org Common Sense Media
is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families
by providing the trustworthy information, education and
independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media
GetNetWise.org A project of the Internet Education
Foundation, the GetNetWise coalition provides internet users
the resources to make informed decisions about their and
their family’s use of the internet.
CyberBully411.org Cyberbully411 is an effort to provide
resources for youth who have questions about or have been
targeted by online harassment.
ConnectSafely.org ConnectSafely is for parents, teens,
educators and advocates for learning about safe, civil use of
Web 2.0 together.
iKeepSafe.org iKeepSafe educational resources teach
children of all ages, in a fun, age-appropriate way, the
basic rules of internet safety, ethics and the healthy use of
NetFamilyNews.org A nonproﬁt news service for parents,
educators, and policymakers who want to keep up on the
latest technology news and commentary about online youth,
in the form of a daily blog or weekly email newsletter.
NetSmartz.org The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive,
educational safety resource from the National Center for
Missing & Exploited Children.
WiredSafety.org WiredSafety provides help, information and
education to internet and mobile device users of all ages.
OnGuardOnline.gov Federal Agency Partners
Federal Trade Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Department of Education
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Commerce
Department of Justice, Ofﬁce of Justice Programs
Internal Revenue Service
United States Postal Inspection Service
Securities and Exchange Commission
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Army Criminal Investigative Command
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