Free Online Internet Use and Safety Courses from Top Universities

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As most people have internet access at home, knowing how to use the internet - and safely - is an important skill. Fortunately, top universities are offering computer science courses online for free.
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Free Internet Use and Safety Courses

Here are 5 online Internet use and safety courses offered free by two top universities: The Open University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Open University

The Open University consists of a number of free online courses of various lengths, some of which are focused on internet use and safety. Information on the Web is perfect for people who have very little internet experience and want to use internet resources such as search engines. Two Living With the Internet courses teach important security tips and basic knowledge for online shoppers.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT's Open Courseware has a course called Ethics and Law on the Electronic Frontier. In this course, explore the relationship between technology, policy and law, and gain an understanding of key issues in Internet control.

Free Online Internet Use and Safety Courses at a Glance

Course & SchoolProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
Crossing The Boundary - Analogue Universe, Digital Worlds course from Open UniversityBeginnerText LessonsYesNoYes
Information on the Web course from Open UniversityBeginnerText LessonsYesNoYes
Living with the Internet: Keeping It Safe course from Open UniversityBeginnerText LessonsYesNoYes
Living with the Internet: Online Shopping course from Open UniversityBeginnerText LessonsYesNoYes
Ethics and the Law on the Electronic Frontier course from MITUndergraduateText LessonsYesYesYes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
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    Master's
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology
      • Master : Business Admin
      • Master: Psychology/General Psychology
      • MSPY - Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization
      • Master of Public Health
    Bachelor's
      • Undergraduate in Legal Studies
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Nutrition Science
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Business
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      • Associate: Business Admin.
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      • Associate: Criminal Justice
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    Certificate
      • Psychology
      • Medical Assisting
      • Certificate in Human Services
      • Medical Office Administration
      • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
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    2. Regis University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Criminology
      • Master of Science in Criminology - Cybercrime and Terrorism Focus
      • Master of Science in Criminology - Human Behavior Focus
      • Master of Science in Criminology - Leadership Focus
      • Master of Science in Information Assurance
      • Master of Science in Information Assurance - Cybersecurity Specialization
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Criminology
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance Policy Management
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  • Online Programs Available
    3. Widener University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Dual Master of Jurisprudence in Corporate and Business Law / Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration - Business Process Innovation
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
      • Hybrid Dual Master of Social Work/Master of Education, Human Sexuality Studies
      • Master of Social Work
    Bachelor's
      • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Loyola University New Orleans

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • MSN to DNP
      • MSN to DNP - Nurse Practitioner
      • MSN to DNP - Executive Nurse Leader
    Master's
      • RN to MSN
      • RN-MSN Bridge
      • MSN - Nursing Leadership
      • RN to MSN - Nursing Leadership
      • RN-MSN Bridge - Nursing Leadership
      • MSN - Nurse Educator
    Bachelor's
      • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Teaching and Learning
      • Master of Project Management
      • Master of Finance
      • Master of Professional Accounting
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
      • BS - Human Services
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Project Management
      • BS - Marketing
      • Undergraduate Specialization - Criminal Forensics
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Winthrop University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Arts Administration
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration - Marketing
      • Master of Education in Special Education Intervention
      • Master of Business Administration - Strategic Leadership
      • Master of Social Work
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Purdue University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Communication
      • Master of Science in Education in Special Education
      • Master of Science in Engineering Technology
      • Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
      • Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Saint John's University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Literacy
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business
      • Master of Business Administration: Taxation
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • Master of Science in Taxation
      • Master of Science in Library and Information Science
      • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Benedictine University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Accelerated MBA Accounting
      • Accelerated MBA Entrepreneurship and Managing Innovation
      • Accelerated MBA Financial Management
      • Accelerated MBA International Business
      • Accelerated MBA Marketing Management
      • Accelerated Masters in Business Administration
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelors in Management
      • Bachelors in Organizational Leadership
      • BAM - Human Resources Concentration
      • BAM - Marketing Concentration
      • BAOL - Human Resources Concentration
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    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology
      • Nutrition Entrepreneur Certificate
      • Certificate in Emergency Preparedness
      • Health Management and Policy Certificate
      • Internet Marketing Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor - Management - Criminal Justice
      • Doctorate: Computer Science
      • Doctorate - Computer Science: Information Assurance (Executive Format)
      • Doctor of Management - Graduate Level Instructional Practices
      • Doctorate: C.S. - Enterprise Information Systems
      • Doctorate: Management - Organizational Development and Change
    Master's
      • Master of Science in Computer Science
      • Master: Computer Science - Database Systems
      • Master of Business Admin
      • Master of Business Admin - Entrepreneurship
      • MS - Computer Science - Computer Systems Security
      • M.S. - Information Technology
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Psychology
      • BS - Criminal Justice
      • B.S. - Psychology - Organizational Behavior
      • B.S. - Psychology - Consumer Behavior
      • BS - Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
      • BS - IT - Web Development
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Business Administration

Featured Schools

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Kaplan University

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • Master: Legal Studies
  • Undergraduate in Legal Studies
  • AASBA in Business
  • Psychology

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Regis University

  • Master of Science in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance Policy Management

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Widener University

  • Dual Master of Jurisprudence in Corporate and Business Law / Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Loyola University New Orleans

  • MSN to DNP
  • RN to MSN
  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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Colorado State University Global

  • MS - Teaching and Learning
  • BS - Communication
  • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management

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Winthrop University

  • Master of Arts in Arts Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration - Marketing

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Purdue University

  • Master of Science in Communication
  • Master of Science in Education in Special Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management

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Saint John's University

  • Ph.D. in Literacy
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business
  • Master of Business Administration: Taxation

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