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Net Safety, Net Cetera

Written on: May 12th, 2010 by: in Blog Posts

Net CeteraIs the title of a new guide by the Federal Trade Commission for parents, teachers, librarians and others to help kids navigate the online world. The free booklet covers issues like cyber-bullying, ‘sexting’, social networking, and protecting the family computer, and provides a summary of the technological state of the union, how kids are using the new tools, and how to identify and discuss the inherent risks.

It’s written in a straightforward, non-hysterical way, and gives parents the tools to understand and guide their kids’ online activities in a way that helps maximize the value of these new tools safely. Copies of Net Cetera will soon be available from your local public library, at no charge- alternatively, you can download the guide, view it online, or connect with other resources about online safety by clicking on the ‘read more’ link below this paragraph.

Delaware’s Senate Judiciary Committee is currently considering H.B. 340, which updates a 2004 law covering acceptable use and access to the internet in public libraries. The new proposal, which was introduced by co-sponsors of the original legislation, and passed Delaware’s House of Representatives with unanimous support, makes the legislation “technology-neutral”, and anticipates the increasing role of wireless services at public libraries.


Net Cetera is part of the OnguardOnline website, a new initiative of the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency. Other useful websites include: