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This page provides a selection of useful links to other websites related to internet safety, censorship and child safety issues, including some interactive sites for children.


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All links and references to other websites, organisations or people not within the Department of Internal Affairs are provided for the user's convenience only, and should not be taken as endorsement of those websites, or of the information contained in those websites, nor of organisations or people referred to. The Department of Internal Affairs also does not implicitly or impliedly endorse any website, organisation or people who have off-site links to this website.

Educational Resources for Schools and Parents

The New Zealand Internet Safety Group
http://www.netsafe.org.nz
Latest news, research and a resource kit for schools from the New Zealand-based Internet Safety Group.

Chatdanger http://www.chatdanger.com
How to keep safe in chatrooms. Information for kids, parents and teachers from Childnet International.

The Librarian's Guide to Cyberspace http://www.ala.org/parentspage/greatsites/guide.html
The American Library Association's guide to cyberspace for parents and kids.

Yahooligans! Parents' Guide http://www.yahooligans.com/parents/
Parental resources and related websites for safe surfing with your family.

Safe Kids.com http://www.safekids.com/

Keeping Kids Safe Online: http://www.saferstreets.org.nz/keepingkidssafeonline.html
New Zealand info on web filtering software reproduced from NetGuide magazine for the Safer Streets Trust website.

Interactive Websites for Kids

Cyberkidz Cyberkidz Cyberkidz
http://www.cyberkidz.co.nz
New Zealand online safety site for children. Includes information, puzzles, links and stories.

Launch Site Launch Site http://www.launchsite.org/english/meeting/index.html
Safe sites, online clubs and kids-only meeting places. This site provides interesting ways for children to link together around the world, supported by Childnet International.

Disney Surfswell Disney Surfswell http://disney.go.com/family/surfswell2001/index.html
Have fun learning internet safety and protocol with this animated interactive game from Disney Online.


Disney Cybersafety Web Mania Disney Cybersafety http://disney.go.com/cybersafety/
Three interactive comic stories that teach important lessons of internet safety from Disney Online.

The Daily Planet OnlineThe Daily Planet Online http://www.getnetwise.org/americalinksup/dpo/index.htm
Superman's rules for internet safety in an online version of Clark Kent's newspaper courtesy of DC comics.


Something To Think About http://www.skally.net/ppsc/warn.html
Be Safe! Not Sorry! A story about online safety.


Local and Overseas Child Safety Organisations

Ecpat New Zealand
http://www.ecpat.org.nz
ECPAT NZ works to ensure that children are protected both nationally and internationally against commercial sexual exploitation.

National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children http://www.missingkids.com/html/success_cybertipline.html
Success stories from the U.S. National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

Internet Watch Foundation http://www.internetwatch.org.uk/
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is a British industry-led initiative set up in 1996 to address the problem of illegal material on the Internet, particularly child pornography. It implements proposals jointly agreed by the UK government, the UK police, and the two major UK service provider trade associations, ISPA and LINX.

Internet Content Rating Association http://www.icra.org/
An independent, non-profit organization with offices in the US and Europe. ICRA's aim is to protect children from potentially harmful material while protecting the free speech rights of content providers, by operating its own a website labeling system.

.Kidsdomains, inc. http://www.kidsdomains.org/kdi/index.htm
.Kids Domains, Inc. promotes the development of a complete network of kid-friendly websites located at .kids domain addresses. Their goal is to organise and support a community of kid-friendly websites, dedicated to children under the age of 13, that provide an interesting, educational, fun, and growing experience.

Childnet International http://www.childnet-int.org/
Childnet is a non-profit organization working around the world to help make the internet a great place for children. The site gives details of various projects in the four key areas of access, awareness, protection and policy.


New Zealand Government Links

The Office of Film and Literature Classification
http://ww.censorship.govt.nz

Protecting Our Innocence (Ministry of Justice 2002) http://www.justice.govt.nz/pubs/reports/2002/protect-innocence/index.html
New Zealand's National Plan of Action Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, produced by the Ministry of Justice in February 2002. This is a comprehensive examination of the four main activities that exploit children for their commercial value: child prostitution; child pornography; child sex tourism; and child trafficking for sexual purposes. It also details some of the laws, social policies, administrative measures and programmes which have been developed to respond to child abuse and exploitation in general.

New Zealand Police http://www.police.govt.nz

New Zealand Customs Service http://www.customs.govt.nz

Commissioner for Children http://www.occ.org.nz
The Office of the Commissioner for Children was established under the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989 to monitor and review policy and practice under the Act, and promote the welfare of children and young people and ensure that their rights are recognised.

Ministry of Justice http://www.justice.govt.nz/
The Ministry of Justice provides strategic and policy advice across the justice sector.

Ministry of Youth Affairs http://www.youthaffairs.govt.nz/
The Ministry of Youth Affairs aims to promote the direct participation of young people aged between 12 and 25 years in the social, educational, economic and cultural development of New Zealand, both locally and nationally.

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