Cyber Tools and Applications for Parents

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Free parental control software. Check out this video that shows how parents can implement the controls to strengthen relationships with children.


NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

Otter App – Text Life Management 

Helps families establish boundaries for texting in ways that support relationships and are purpose-driven.

Kaspersky Internet Security

(Offers parental controls – free to Surewest Customers)


A site specializing in helping teens keeping younger kids safe on-line.


Offers information and education about the use of Internet and mobile phones to users of all ages. Helps victims of cyber crimes ranging from fraud to cyber child safety issues.


Non-profit organization that offers children games to learn how to be cyber safe, and offers guidance to parents.

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These websites offer tips, tools , applications and programs to promote cyber safety.



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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.