Helpful Links

Teen Culture

Urban Dictionary
www.urbandictionary.com
Urban Dictionary is a self-edited online resource for slang definitions. “If you’re interested in making sense of your teenagers’ angst, you had better make Urban Dictionary your new best friend.”

The NetLingo List of Acronyms and Text Message Shorthand
www.netlingo.com/acronyms.php
With more than 82 million people texting regularly, it’s no wonder you’ve seen this cryptic looking code!  This site lists an astounding number of texting abbreviations that can help you figure out “teen speak.”

How Parents Can Keep Up with Teen Fads and Trends
 https://www.verywell.com/how-parents-can-keep-up-with-teen-fads-and-trends-2611147
Wonder what the difference is between a fad and a trend?  The author speaks to the difference between the two and how to figure out what your kids are in to.  The site also provides links to other similar resources.

Kids Online
A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety
http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm

Social Networking Sites: A Parent’s Guide
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/tech/tec13.shtm

Parents Need to Understand Facebook
http://facebookforparents.org/
If you’re not already on Facebook, you should get started soon. The best way for parents to understand Facebook is to use it.  Stanford University has developed a class to teach parents about Facebook.  You can also sign up for a newsletter created especially for parents of young people using the service.

Internet Filter Reviews

www.internetfilterreview.com
Provides software review and product comparisons on the various Internet content filter software packages on the market.

i-SAFE (e-Safety Education)
www.iSafe.org
A nonprofit foundation whose mission is to educate and empower youth to make their Internet experiences safe and responsible.  The i-PARENT Campaign – a nationwide movement of students, parents, educators and public officials – to inform parents about the dangers their kids face online and offer tips to help protect them.

Net Family News, Inc.
www.netfamilynews.org
An organization founded on the premise that information empowers parents at a time when tech literacy has become an important part of parenting and key to youth safety on the fixed and mobile Web. NetFamilyNews.org (“kid-tech news for parents”) is a blog, RSS feed, and email newsletter with subscribers in more than 50 countries.