We love our personal computers, smartphones, tablets, and countless other electronic devices. They've changed how we live, work, study, and play.

But as hard as it is to imagine life without them, these tools come with some downsides. Take a few minutes to brush up on ways to keep the cyber experience safe with our tips.


Neil Izenberg, MD
Editor-in-Chief/Founder

 

For Parents

Internet Safety
The Internet is a wonderful resource, but access to it has its hazards for kids. Here's how to make sure your child surfs the web safely.

Healthy Habits for TV, Video Games, and the Internet
TV, interactive video games, and the Internet can be excellent sources of education and entertainment, but too much plugged-in time can have unhealthy side effects.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person. Here are some suggestions on what to do if online bullying has become part of your child's life.

 

Sexting: What Parents Need to Know

Sending or receiving a photo, video, or message that contains nudity, a sex act, or even talk of sex is know as "sexting." This type of sharing could haunt a teen for the rest of his or her life. Here's what parents need to know.

 

Teaching Kids to Be Smart About Social Media

Before kids or teens hit "enter," make sure they know the rules when it comes to oversharing, teasing, posting personal info, and other online don'ts.

 

For Teens

Online Safety
Whether it's protecting yourself from hackers or cyberbullies, these tips for teens will help you navigate the digital world safely.

Technology: 5 Ways To Reboot Yourself
Sending and receiving messages late at night can disrupt your sleep and leave you tired and unfocused when it's time for school.

Protecting Your Online Identity and Reputation
The virtual world is full of opportunities to interact with people around the world. It's also a place where nothing is temporary and there are no "take-backs." Here are some tips for safeguarding your online identity.

Texting on the Move
You've heard the warnings about texting and driving - but ER docs are also warning against texting and walking. Read our tips for safe texting.

Cyberbullying

Using technology to bully is a problem that's on the rise. The good news is awareness of how to prevent cyberbullying is growing even faster. See our tips on what to do.

 

For Kids

Safe Cyberspace Surfing
Even though the Web can be a great place to learn stuff and meet up with friends and family, you have to know some cyberspace safety rules.
 
Your Online Identity
This article is for you if you IM and like to create your own characters in virtual worlds. Find out about your online identity and how to protect it.

Are Video Games Bad for Me?
You love your video games, but how much is too much? Find out in this article for kids.

What Is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is a form of cheating because it's stealing another person's ideas. But there's a right way to use Internet sources and other references when you're doing homework or a report. Find out more.

Computers Can Be a Real Pain

A lot of kids spend time in front of the computer. If you're one of them, check out this article to learn how to avoid wrist pain and other problems.