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Victim Assistance Hotlines

If you are a victim of abuse, domestic violence, Internet, phone or GPS stalking, video voyeurism, or other crime, call 800-394-2255 or email Gethelp@ncvc.org for help, information about your options, and referrals to local services anywhere in the country.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Center for Victims of Crime

NetSmartz411

Have questions about how to keep kids safer on the Internet? NetSmartz411 is an online service that answers parents' and guardians' questions about Internet safety, computers, and the Web.

Review Date: March 07, 2013

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety

This guide discusses children's risks of exposure to exploitation and harm by computer-sex offenders. Parents are offered tips on what to look for and do if they suspect that a child is communicating with a sexual predator on-line.

Review Date: October 15, 2012

U.S. Department of Justice

BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy

FDA BeSafeRx is a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of buying prescription medicines from fake online pharmacies.This site offers tips on identifying these pharmacies, as well as resources for finding safe and reliable online pharmacies.

Review Date: September 28, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Buying Prescription Medicine Online: A Consumer Safety Guide

The growth of the Internet has made it possible to compare prices and buy products without ever leaving home. But when it comes to buying medicine online, it is important to be very careful.

Review Date: March 15, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Cyberbullying

Learn what cyberbullying is, what you can do to prevent it, ways to stay cyber-safe, and where you can find resources to learn more about preventing cyberbullying.

Review Date: March 05, 2013

National Crime Prevention Council

Healthy Habits for TV, Video Games, and the Internet

Too much screen time can have unhealthy side effects on your child. Learn why it's wise to monitor and limit the time your child spends playing video games, watching TV, and playing games on the Internet.

Review Date: March 21, 2011

The Nemours Foundation

How to Evaluate Health Information on the Internet

These questions and answers can help you determine whether the health information you find on the Internet or receive by e-mail from a Web site is likely to be reliable. Learn how the federal government protects consumers from false or misleading claims.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Internet Safety Quiz for Adults

An online quiz and tips for parents and guardians about how to make their online visits safer.

Review Date: March 07, 2013

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Keeping Kids Safer on the Internet: Tips for Parents and Guardians

Allowing kids to go online without supervision or ground rules is like allowing them to explore a major metropolitan area by themselves. This brochure provides safety tips for families whose children use computer services.

Review Date: February 22, 2013

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

McGruff: The Crime Dog

This site offers games, videos and other tools to help kids deal with bullying and peer pressure, and promotes online safety and positive friendships with peers.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

National Crime Prevention Council

Online Sexual Predators

There is no greater risk to a child’s safety than an online predator who wishes to meet in person. Help teach your children to identify predators’ methods for online enticement, and use these discussion starters to talk to your children about Internet safety.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Protect Yourself: Internet Safety

This page provides safety suggestions for internet users to help prevent an abuser from discovering your email and Internet activity.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Protecting Kids’ Privacy

Your kids’ personal information and privacy are valuable — to you, to them, and to marketers. Learn how you can safeguard that privacy when your kids are online.

Review Date: December 13, 2012

Federal Trade Commission

Protecting Your Identity

Survivors of domestic violence need to protect themselves from abusers who use identity as a means of power and control. Find steps to take to protect your identity, including relocating, opening a post office box to receive mail, and reporting suspected fraud.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Scam Alert: Beware of Bogus FDA Agents

Many people who have purchased drugs over the Internet or via telephone have unwittingly exposed themselves to extortion by individuals posing as FDA agents. Learn how consumers face an increased risk of purchasing unsafe and ineffective drugs from websites operating outside the law.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Stop Cyberbullying Before it Starts- (PDF)

Cyberbullying is using the Internet, cell phones, video game systems, or other technology to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Read what steps parents, educators, and other caregivers can take to prevent it.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

National Crime Prevention Council

Talking to Kids About Social Media and Texting

While today’s tweens and teens may be more digitally savvy than their parents, their lack of maturity and life experience can quickly get them into trouble with these new social venues. For this reason, it is imperative that parents talk with their children about social media.

Review Date: May 09, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics