ConnectSafely.org, which is a sister-site of SafeKids.com, is now home to the most comprehensive directory of online safety resources in North America.
This important, frequently updated collection of Internet safety resources, previously a service of the California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP), was in jeopardy when the program lost its funding from the California Department of Education. Upon learning of the impending loss of this valuable resource, ConnectSafely co-directors Anne Collier and Larry Magid offered to host it at ConnectSafely.org, inviting Anne Bubnic to maintain the service as a contributing editor to ConnectSafely.
“A Comprehensive Directory of Online Safety Resources” can now be accessed at www.connectsafely.org/directory.
The collection includes some three dozen educational games for the classroom. Among the resources’ developers are educational institutions, advocacy organizations, law enforcement agencies, and governments from local to national levels. In response to numerous classroom requests for bilingual information, Spanish resources are also described.
“ConnectSafely is excited to be hosting this important resource,” said ConnectSafely co-director Larry Magid. “The directory is a very valuable tool for educators, youth-risk practitioners, and parents, and we are pleased to offer it a permanent home.”
“Keeping kids safe on their Internet journey and encouraging responsible behavior is a common goal of parents and educators everywhere. I am pleased that this directory will continue to provide easy access to global efforts in this area,” said Anne Bubnic.
About Anne Bubnic
Anne Bubnic has been chronicling and teaching youth Internet safety for the past 15 years, through her work in the broadcast and print media as a children’s software expert and as a K-12 Educator providing leadership and training for teachers and school administrators throughout the State of California and nationwide. She also co-leads a Diigo social bookmarking site in the area of Digital Citizenship, where educators around the world gather to share research, best practices, videos and Web links that can be used to guide our youth in a global environment. Anne has personally cataloged and annotated more than 2,000 items of interest in this area and has combined them into helpful lists on dozens of digital citizenship topics.
ConnectSafely is for parents, teens, educators, advocates – everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web. The user-driven, all-media, multi-platform, fixed and mobile social Web is a big part of young people’s lives, and this is the central space – linked to from social networks across the Web – for learning about safe, civil use of Web 2.0 together.
ConnectSafely advises the Internet industry, other non-profits and governments on best practices and policies. Co-directorsAnne Collier and Larry Magid served on the Obama Administration’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group and the Berkman Center’s Internet Safety Technology Task Force and serves on the advisory boards of the Washington- and London-based Family Online Safety Institute and the Washington-based Internet Education Foundation and provides safety advice for Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL and other technology businesses.