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In Massachusetts

Berkman Center for Internet and Society- Harvard Youth and Media Lab

617) 495-7547

Expanding its work on young people and digital technologies, the Berkman Center is launching a youth-driven R&D lab for media literacy and digital empowerment, the Youth and Media Lab, supported by a grant from the McCormick Foundation.

Center for Media and Child Health (CMCH)

Phone: 617-355-2000

Fax: 617-730-0004

The Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health is dedicated to understanding and responding to the effects of media on the physical, mental, and social health of children through research, production, and education.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing trustworthy information and education needed to thrive in a world of media and technology.
Common Sense Media exists because the amount of time children spend with media and digital activities profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development. Common Sense Media is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization providing trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.

Enough is Enough

The Enough Is Enough mission is to Make the Internet Safer for Children and Families. EIE is dedicated to continuing to raise public awareness about online dangers, specifically the dangers of Internet pornography and sexual predators. EIE advances solutions that promote equality, fairness, and respect for human dignity with shared responsibility between the public, technology, and the law. EIE stands for freedom of speech as defined by the Constitution of the United States; for a culture where all people are respected and valued; for a childhood with a protected age of innocence; for healthy sexuality; and, for a society free from sexual exploitation.

GetNetWise - Internet Education Foundation

A project of the Internet Education Foundation, the GetNetWise coalition wants internet users to be just "one click way" from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family's use of the internet.

Youth and Media Lab

(617) 495-7547

Youth and Media encompasses an array of research, advocacy, and development initiatives around youth and digital technology. By understanding young people's interactions with digital media such as the Internet, cell phones, and video games, this highly collaborative project aims to gain detailed insights into youth practices and digital fluencies, harness the associated opportunities, address challenges, and ultimately shape the evolving regulatory and educational framework in a way that advances the public interest.

Outside Massachusetts

Connect Safely

Connect Safely serves as a public platform to give parents, teens and all stakeholders a voice in the public discussion about social Web safety and youth. It empowers parents with information about the realities of Internet, mobile and gaming safety versus myths and scare tactics. It also educates parents and kids on real-life approaches and practices for safe, healthy social lives online. Connect Safely provides a central space for learning about the social Web with features that include the latest news that impacts Internet, videogame and mobile users; safety tips & advice on responsible Internet use, cyberbullying, social networking, blogging, gaming and media-sharing; a forum where parents and kids can interact with others to discuss Internet and mobile safety questions and concerns; and guest commentaries from the world's most-recognized safety advocates. 

Cyberbully 411

Cyberbully411, created by Internet Solutions for Kids, is an effort to provide resources for youth who have questions about or have been targeted by online harassment. The site offers information to youth on cyberbullying and its consequences, as well as guidance on what to do and how to talk to parents in a cyberbullying situation. There is also an online discussion forum.

Internet Keep Safe Coalition

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement, and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online. The coalition uses these unique partnerships to disseminate safety resources to families worldwide.The mission of the coalition is to give parents, educators, and policymakers the information and tools which empower them to teach children the safe and healthy use of technology and the Internet. The website features a Parent Resource Center as well as educational materials for children and teens, including videos, PowerPoint presentations, activity sheets, coloring pages, quizzes, and educational games available for free download.

Net Family News

As a public service for parents, educators, and everyone interested in young people's use of technology, NetFamilyNews is the "community newspaper" of a vital interest community. The site includes a daily blog and newsfeed, and covers a variety of topics including online safety and privacy news and tools; new technologies and Web resources for kids; research about kids' use of digital media and the Net; and legislation affecting children's online experience.

Wired Safety

Wired Safety is dedicated to helping protect children in cyberspace. It does this by a combination of educational programs, online information and resources, and one-to-one help. Help is provided through live chat, instant-messaging, peer counseling of victims of cybercrime and abuse, and e-mail reportlines. There is also a partner website, www.stopcyberbullying.org, which offers specific information about cyberbullying for children, parents, educators, and law enforcement.