Last week, TechSoup for Libraries held a webinar called Public Tech Instruction: Teaching the Public on Internet Safety. This was one of the best webinars I've attended (not just because I helped co-produce it) because there was so much resource sharing happening in the comments. The presenters, Austin Stroud of the Monroe County Public Library and Crystal Schimpf of TechSoup for Libraries, shared resources for teaching online safety and security.

I curated some of the best resources shared by Austin, webinar attendees, and from our own TechSoup collection of online safety resources. 


Online safety quizzes can help you assess how much your audience already knows and what topics they might need more training in.

  • Get Safe Online has 10 questions that address different aspects of online safety. Austin noted that the site can be hard to read as the typeface is quite small.
  • The Northstar Digital Literacy Project has 33 questions, but only a few touch on safety and security.
  • Common Sense Media offers online safety assessments for educators. The quizzes are divided by grade level.

Slide Decks and Activities

 Sometimes coming up with teaching material, like presentations or handouts, can be difficult. Here are a few slide decks and activities to get inspired by:

Learning Resources for Adults

  • GCF Learn Free covers just about everything when it comes to online safety including password tips, staying safe while browsing, protection from Internet threats, financial protection, and more.
  • Stay Safe Online by National Cyber Security Alliance is a wealth of resources.
  • This Softpedia article outlines topics to cover when teaching seniors how to safely use the Internet. 

Learning Resources for Children and Families

  • GCF Learn Free also has a section especially for children and families. The site includes information on dealing with cyberbullying, using social networks safely, and much more.TechSoup's donor partner Microsoft has a Family Safety Center with information on online gaming, setting rules, safety settings in Microsoft products, and more. 
  • Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on reviewing media for children and families, has a videos and articles targeted at parents.
  • AT&T designed an Internet Safety game that parents can play with their kids.
  • The PBS show Frontline has a special page dedicated to online safety for kids and teens.
  • Netsmartz is a great resource by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
  • Read about how the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System developed its Internet Safety Education Program.

Do you teach online safety to staff, volunteers, or the people you serve? What resources do you use to build curriculum? Log in and tell us in the comments. 

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Ginny Mies is a Content Curator at TechSoup Global.