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Site Review: Connect Safely

Site URL: http://www.connectsafely.org/               

Content:  Connect Safely offers parents a useful collection of safety tips to help them make decisions about how their children can use the Internet, text messaging and social networks. The site offers a large number of practical tips that cover nearly every possible online or social media scenario.

Design:  The site has a very basic, borderline amateur design, but that does not really hurt Connect Safely because the information being presented is fairly straightforward. The site consists mostly of text-based stories, though there are a number of active message boards/discussion groups in the “forums” section.

Review:  If you are a parent or educator who needs guidelines for online behavior or help decoding what's available, Connect Safely offers everything you need. The presentation may be a little lacking in bells and whistles, but this site works well, and you should be able to find what you need quickly.

Bottom Line:  In the ever-changing world of social media, the Internet and whatever new tools may put children at risk, Connect Safely offers an easy way for educators and parents to make informed decisions.

 

Article By Daniel B. Kline, EducationWorld Contributing Editor
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