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What is the Internet Safety Project?

The Internet Safety Project is a non-profit venture at Brigham Young University dedicated to educating parents, teachers, and teens about the benefits and risks of technology. Our goal is to make solutions to technical issues accessible in an educational, entertaining, and useful way. For more into click here.

How Does the Internet Safety Podcast Work?

The Internet Safety Podcast is a non-profit weekly program to educate parents, teachers, and teens about the benefits and risks of technology.

Your hosts: Dr. Charles D. Knutson is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. Prof. Knutson holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Oregon State University. Chuck’s periodic sidekick is Joe Brockbank, who holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University. Chuck and Joe have been hanging out in the technology space for 20 years or so, and have been friends since the mid-eighties.

Our Motivation: We want to maximize the benefits of an amazing array of modern technologies while minimizing their negative moral impact. We don't believe in throwing the baby out with the bath water, but we also don't believe in leaving our children and our family members unprotected in the face of a complex and potentially dangerous new social reality.

How do I request a podcast topic?

 

Do you have a topic that you'd like us to address? Please let us know by submitting it here.

Wiki

How Does the Wiki Work? Want to find out what Twitter is all about? Not sure exactly what "sexting" is? We recommend that you start by typing a word or phrase into the search bar located in the upper right corner of the Internet Safety Project's main portal site. From the initial page on any given topic — cyber-bullying, spyware, social networks, you name it — you'll be taken to a concise definition of the term with a brief explanation of its associated dangers and concerns. Most importantly, you'll find tips, suggestions, and guidelines for keeping your kids safe. In the Wiki, you'll find articles on technical topics like viruses or phishing attacks, but you'll also find information on the common websites your child may visit and talk about, such as YouTube, MySpace, or Facebook. You’ll also find articles about organizations, and educational resources, as well as books and articles that help you to become more educated. The Wiki is a one-stop shop for information on every imaginable topic related to Internet Safety. To learn more about a topic, click on the highlighted words within the articles to visit other articles. Or look at some of the materials in the “Where Can I Learn More?” section. This section contains even more helpful resources tutorials, articles, news — videos, and more.

How Can I Contribute? Volunteer contributors are the lifeblood of the Internet Safety Wiki. We need people like you to help us create new articles and revise existing ones. With your help, we can expand and improve the Wiki and help it evolve into an even more extensive and useful source of information for parents, leaders and educators. By spending just a few minutes researching a topic and writing about it, you can make a difference and support a great cause. No matter how little or how much you do, every bit helps create a significant product that is far more than the sum of its parts. Look at our contributor’s page for some step-by-step instructions on how to get started. For any other questions or concerns click here.

How Do I Create an Account?

You need to create a username and login before you can write or edit Internet Safety Wiki articles.

1.) On the right side of the page you will see a "Log in" box.

2.) Click on the "Register" link.

3.) You can fill out the top form:

  • Create a username
  • Provide an email
  • Create/Confirm a password
  • Provide your name

Or use an account you already have. You can sign up using Facebook, Twitter,LinkedIn, Google, Windows Live, or Yahoo!

4.) Either way, Fill in the Captcha code and select ''Create New Account'' when you are done

5.) Once your account is confirmed you'll automatically be taken to the My Account page. Here you can fill in your Internet Safety Project profile (not all information is required).

If you have problems registering feel free to contact us: [email protected]

Editing the Wiki is really easy, but knowing a little bit of Wiki markup language (the language used to format Wiki pages) will help you shape your page al gusto. If you‘re not familiar with Wiki markup check out our Contributor’s page for step-by-step instructions on some of the common Wiki editing processes.

Blog

Do you have a guest blogger to recommend? If you know a writer that you’d like to see contribute to the Internet Safety Blog, please let us know and we’ll do our best to include them. If you would like to blog for the Internet Safety Project please click here.

Additional questions

Please submit questions here.