FTC launches New Internet Safety Brochure “Net Cetera”

ftc1This month, the FTC has expanded the Internet safety content for consumers on their website www.onguardonline.gov to now include a new guide for parents Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online.

The booklet, which can be downloaded directly here, provides a solid overview of concerns parents have and includes great tips for talking to tweens and teens about internet safety issues.

The booklet can be ordered in hard copy, downloaded, printed or viewed online. Additionally, organizations can brand the content with their own organization’s logo.

Additionally, if you have not checked out, or recently been on the FTC’s consumer tech site, I highly recommend you do.

Here is a sampling of the content they have created for consumers:

Privacy & Security

Microsites

This website is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.

Provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

Information about how the FTC fights spyware through law enforcement and consumer education, and by encouraging industry to devise technological solutions.

Facts for Consumers

Warns consumers that con artists have gone high-tech, using the Internet to defraud consumers. Lists the top 10 dot cons facing consumers who surf the Internet, as well as many of the fraudsters behind them. 8.5″x11″, 4 pages.

Explains the basics of the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and what it means for teachers and their students. 8.5″x11″, 2 pages.

Steps to take to avoid getting your laptop lost or stolen. 8.5″x 11″, 2 pages.

Urges consumers to protect their computers against malware and offers tips on how to reclaim their computer and electronic information if malware is already on their computer. 8.5 x 11, 4 pages.

  • Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online [PDF] [en español]

The internet offers a world of opportunities, but they can come with certain risks to kids. This guide helps parents protect their kids and talk to them about living their lives online. 5.5″x8.5″, 56 pages, color.

Tips to help computer users be on guard against Internet fraud, secure their computers, and protect their personal information. 4″x9″, 16 pages, color.

Explains what parents should do, and what website operators must do as a result of the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, to protect kids’ information online. 8.5″x11″, 2 pages.

Guide to securing your wireless network – at your home or business. 8.5″x11″, 4 pages

Urges parents and kids to talk about the risks involved in using social networking sites and offers tips for using them safely. Includes resources for more information. 8.5″x11″, 4 pages.

Urges parents and kids to talk about the risks involved in using social networking sites and offers tips for using them safely. Includes resources for more information. 8.5″x11″, 4 pages.

Consumer Alerts

Promotional Items

A bookmark with steps to help avoid having your laptop lost or stolen. 2″ x 8.5″, 2 pages, color.

  • Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online Bookmark [PDF]

Bookmark promoting Net Cetera publication with tips for parents. Includes list of online resources for more information. 8.5″x2.5″, 2 sided, color.

Provides tips to help computer users be on guard against Internet fraud, secure their computers, and protect their personal information. 2.5″x7″, 2 pages, color.

  • OnGuard Online Poster [PDF]

Provides tips to help computer users be on guard against Internet fraud, secure their computers, and protect their personal information. 2.5″x7″, 2 pages, color.

Articles You can reprint these articles in your newsletter, magazine or website.

  • Be Safe Online: OnGuard Online [PDF]

Being on guard online can help protect your information, your computer-even yourself. Seven practices can help you be safer while surfing.

  • Holiday Shopping on the Internet: Discovering Which Web Sites are Naughty or Nice [PDF]

Whether you’re looking for a toy, a trinket or a travel deal, doing your holiday shopping on the Internet can be fun, easy, and practical. At the same time, viewing a product on the screen can present different challenges than seeing it in the store. The FTC offers recommendations to help you have a successful experience when buying from an online retailer or an auction website.

  • Holiday Shopping on the Internet: Planning Ahead for Secure Surfing [PDF]

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, encourages shoppers to follow these tips to steer clear of holiday grinches.

  • Parent’s Guide to Social Networking [PDF]

The Federal Trade Commission urges parents and kids to talk about the risks involved in using social networking sites and offer tips for using them safely.

  • Supplement: Stop-Think-Click: 7 Practices for Safer Computing [PDF]
  • Tips For Protecting Laptops From Thieves [PDF]

Tips to keep in mind when you take your laptop out and about.

  • Your Computer: Part of the “Zombie Army”? [PDF]

Learn how to reduce your chances of becoming part of a robot network called a botnet.

Videos

These three 60-second videos help alert consumers to phishing scams. The goal of the videos is to offer practical, useful, and memorable messages.

Linda

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