Google launches Family Safety Center

New tool announced Friday aims to help users learn more about how to keep kids safe online.

Google has launched a new resource for parents to help them keep their kids safe while surfing the Internet, the company announced on Friday.

The Family Safety Center provides tips from child-safety experts on keeping kids away from adult content on the Web and on how to ensure kids aren't contacted and lured by an adult online. Google has also included a page detailing its own child-protection services on its many products, including SafeSearch and YouTube's Safety Mode.

The Partners page is also useful in that it includes links and brief information on the many organizations that provide "resources and advice on cyberbullying, child protection, and online education both for parents and children." Organizations like Family Online Safety Institute, NetSmartz411, and ConnectSafely are included in the listings.

"With kids growing up in an age where digital know-how is essential, it's increasingly important to ensure that they're developing healthy, safe and responsible online habits," Google wrote in a blog post. "And we're thinking every day about how we can help parents and teachers to do just that."

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