Department of Homeland Security is taking online safety head-on, with their Stop.Think.Connect campaign.

The goal and message of Stop.Think.Connect is something we can all agree on. With a little caution and foresight, we can make the web safer for everyone. Their page with important tips has excellent advice for protecting yourself online and for keeping others safe too. For example, they've posted some excellent "Online New Year's Resolutions:"

  1. Update your security and anti-virus software on your computer;
  2. Change passwords to your banking, credit card and online shopping accounts, and make sure those passwords are different from each other;
  3. Make sure you know who your online friends are and that they are your actual friends;
  4. Think twice about information you are sharing online; and
  5. Consider setting a limit for how much time your children spend online.

Technology is changing every day, and with the Web 2.0 revolution, more and more users are creating and uploading content to share with the Internet community. This is a great way to reach out in response to certain challenges that many people face - like Dan Savage's It Gets Better project, videos of adults who have survived bullying and are encouraging teenagers who might be losing hope. Stop.Think.Connect is giving you the chance to help make your community safer through their Web PSA contest.

Users are encouraged to create a short, compelling video, helping to educate Americans about staying safe online. We can't wait to see what you come up with! As a loyal supporter of Stop Child Predators, we're sure you're aware of SCP's ongoing commitment to online safety and protecting children through our Stop Internet Predators initiative. Look out for an entry to the PSA contest by the Stop Internet Predators team! The deadline for submissions to the contest is the fourteenth of February.