Internet Safety

The Durand-Arkansaw School District and Wisconsin Department of Justice are providing parents with information and resources to help keep your child safe online. 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force would like to share with you a great, free resource available to educators, parents, and community  members regarding online safety for children!  If you don’t know where to go for the latest trending apps, information on how they work, and how to combat the risks, check out the Protect Kids Online (PKO) Podcast.  Join Carl & Dana, agents of the WI ICAC Task Force, as they explain risks and safety precautions for parents from a law enforcement perspective.  Episodes will  share information such as trending apps, online safety tips, and interviews with different agencies and organizations from around the country!  Listen to episodes, submit listener questions, and find additional resources at  You can also subscribe through iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app. 

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New Screen Time Rules (October 2016)

From American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Infants 18 months and younger: No screen time
  • Children 2 – 4 years: One hour per day
  • Children 6 years and older: Limit digital media

For healthy kids, an average day includes “school, homework time, at least one hour of physical activity, social contact and sleep – which is anywhere from 8 – 12 hours for kids. What’s ever left can be screen time.

Detailed information can be found here:


How to Combat Unwanted App Use

  • Parental controls/approvals
  • Tech free times/zones
  • Age restrictions
  • Online safety discussions
  • Phone checks
  • General safety settings: WiFi, router, privacy

Internet Safety Resources 

The Protect Kids Online (PKO)Podcast is brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.  This podcast is designed as a resource for parents, grandparents, guardians, or caregivers of children. Get information about the trends and updates on the latest apps, websites, and online activity of children 17 years of age and younger.  Topics include: activities of the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force; App of the Week; tips & methods for combating online child exploitation and sextortion; Internet safety laws; cyberbullying; healthy online habits; protecting your child from strangers online; safe sharing tips; and responses to listener questions! Stay informed, and keep your children safe.


Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age. helps teens stop the spread of sexual pictures or videos and provides support along the way. If you or someone you know has been negatively impacted by a self/peer exploitation incident, we are here to help offer guidance on the steps you can take to get through it and #ChangeTheStory.


The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings provide concise and objective information about the content in video games and apps so consumers, especially parents, can make informed choices. ESRB ratings have three parts:

  • Rating Categories suggest age appropriateness
  • Content Descriptors indicate content that may have triggered a particular rating and/or may be of interest or concern
  • Interactive Elements inform about interactive aspects of a product, including the users' ability to interact, the sharing of users' location with others, if in-app purchases of digital goods are completed, and/or if unrestricted internet access is provided. is the nation's clearinghouse & comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization, NCMEC leads the fight against abduction, abuse, and exploitation - because every child deserves a safe childhood. Also a Cyber Tipline resource. 

Net Smartz Kids
 An interactive, educational safety resource that teaches kids and teens how to stay safer on the Internet. It combines the newest technologies available and the most current information to create high-impact educational activities that are well received by even the most tech-savvy kids.

Preventing Bullying and Cyber-Bullying  An article that aims to establish preventative measures to protect students from bullying and cyber bullying.

Safe App Environment for Tweens A list of helpful tips to help parents and teens understand the importance of Internet and smartphone safety.

Facebook Safety Tips This is a list of safety tips from Facebook.  Includes information on acceptable social networking ,making good decisions, connected 24/7 and your online image.

Webonauts Internet Academy The Webonauts Internet Academy empowers kids to make responsible and respectful decisions in their online interactions. Taking on the role of a Webonaut, kids explore a series of missions that teach key issues of web safety and digital citizenship. Kids get their web license.

Get Wise Online  A unit on Internet topics that will enlighten anyone that goes online. This unit requires you to go through 5 steps in order to fully appreciate the online culture. As the world continues to embrace the Internet as part of their normal routine, it is imperative that they make good choices and contribute positively to their communities and the world for that matter.

Net Cetera:  Chatting with Kids about Being Online  OnGuard Online provides practical tips from the Federal Government and the technology community to help you guard against Internet fraud, secure your computers and protect your privacy.  Order free booklets and bookmarks.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Multiple resources including internet safety for children.

Cyberbullying.Org From the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use Includes parent and child information.

NetsSmartz Tip Sheets Tip sheets for parents and educators provide a how-to in everything from smartphone safety to protecting kids while on social media. Our other tip sheets are written specifically for tweens and teens dealing with topics ranging from online gaming to tips to prevent sexting.