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A Parents Guide to Online Kids 101. Your Kids Online 21 million teens - 87% of youth ages 12-17 -are online. 89% send or read e-mails 84% search the Web.

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1 A Parents Guide to Online Kids 101

2 Your Kids Online 21 million teens - 87% of youth ages are online. 89% send or read s 84% search the Web for fun 81% play online games 75% use instant messaging 43% purchase items online Pew Internet & American Life Project, Teens and Technology: Youth are leading the transition to a fully wired and mobile nation, July 2005 (http://www.pewinternet.org/PDF/r/162/report_display.asp)

3 Your Kids Online Of the 21 million teens who are online, 51% go online at least once a day Girls use more than boys: 93% versus 84% Girls also use IM more, but the difference isn't as drastic: 77% versus 74% Pew Internet & American Life Project, Teens and Technology: Youth are leading the transition to a fully wired and mobile nation, July 2005 (http://www.pewinternet.org/PDF/r/162/report_display.asp)

4 Your Kids Online The size of the wired teen population surges at the 7th grade mark. 60% of 6th graders use the Internet By 7th grade, 82% use it The percent increases each year until it tops out at 94% of 11th and 12th graders Pew Internet & American Life Project, Teens and Technology: Youth are leading the transition to a fully wired and mobile nation, July 2005 (http://www.pewinternet.org/PDF/r/162/report_display.asp)

5 Parents and Kids Online 64% of parents say they have Internet rules 37% of teens say they have rules Pew Internet & American Life Project, Teens and Technology: Youth are leading the transition to a fully wired and mobile nation, July 2005 (http://www.pewinternet.org/PDF/r/162/report_display.asp)

6 Parents and Kids Online 62% of parents report checking on what sites kids visit 33% of teens say their parents check on their activities online Pew Internet & American Life Project, Protecting Teens Online, March 2005 (http://www.pewinternet.org/PDF/r/152/report_display.asp)

7 Parents and Kids Online 54% of parents use Internet filters 62% of parents AND 62% of teens say they believe most teens do things online they'd rather their parents not see Pew Internet & American Life Project, Teens and Technology: Youth are leading the transition to a fully wired and mobile nation, July 2005 (http://www.pewinternet.org/PDF/r/162/report_display.asp)

8 A Little Context for Parents 3000 years between first alphabet and first newspaper 15 years between first Web Browser and today Kids are earliest adoptersoften know more than parents Its not just the computer anymore

9 What We Know It is about your child, not technology Tech tools and tips can help, but theyre not failsafe Your job is to equip kids with knowledge and build toward independence

10 Every Family is Different Kids ages Gender/s Temperament Computer Comfort and Savvy Values

11 What Parents Want Safety Enrichment Balance with other aspects of life Skills, Special Interests Fun

12 What Worries Parents Strangers/predators Privacy and Reputation Cyber-bullying Inappropriate Content Undesirable behavior reinforced

13 Golden Rules for Parents 1. Keep Internet in public space as much as possible. 2. Spend cybertime with your child. 3. Teach Internet rules & consequences Parent your values online. 4. Limit timekeep kids busy beyond screens. 5. Talk to your child about what they are doing. 6. Stay involved.

14 Golden Rules to Teach 1. Rules from real life apply: courtesy, kindness, modesty, dignity, respect for the law and for others, etc. 2. Dont talk to strangers. 3. Keep your private information private. 4. Never agree to meet an online friend without your parents. 5. There are no guarantees that what you say or post on the Internet is private.

15 Golden Rules 6. Information, including photos, videos, etc, posted on the Internet can last forever. 7. Tell your parents if you encounter something uncomfortable. 8. Dont reply to unknown screen names on IM. 9. Never open from strangers or click on any attachments. 10. Find the good online – good friends, good Web sites, good games – and enjoy.

16 Instant Messaging One-on-one chat On all the time Free, instant download Can be accessed on any computer Groups of friends can chat Share pictures or music

17 IM Risks Strangers can contact your kids Its hard to monitor Kids spend too much time on it Online Profiles that are searchable Trouble with peers/school Cyber-bullying Spam

18 IM Parent Tips Check screen names and profile and discuss good choices Know your childs password Use parental controls and other settings and preferences Stay involved/talk to other parents Use log feature with child

19 Blogs & Social Networks Myspace, Xanga, Facebook Fun for kids to talk about with friends Show off pictures Identity tool Like working on a yearbook

20 Blogs & Social Network Risks Strangers Privacy issues, such as photo distribution Risks to reputation

21 Blogs & Social Networks Tips Limit blogs Create a blog with your teen, making sure no personal information is online and discussing content Discourage the posting of any photosthey can be copied and used by anyone Make sure they know youll be one of their friends

22 Chat Many participants talking at same time All participants see each message Monitored & unmonitored Free and easy to access Feels anonymous

23 Chat Risks Higher risk child will reveal identification that can personally identify him/her Chat rooms and one-on-one conversation flow easilyto offline private space Unmonitored chat can have language and sexual content Predators

24 Chat Tips Dont allow chat rooms Only allow buddy chat Only allow chat in moderated environment Teach your children not to give out any personal information Teach your child to never meet new online friends offline without parent or adult Set rules and monitor carefully

25 Electronic Mail Message sent from one address to another Can include pictures, sound, video, or text attachments Software or Web-based

26 Risks Spam (junk mail) Not private: Can easily be distributed to whole world Computer viruses Bullying School or social trouble

27 Tips Have different accounts for different levels of privacy Teach children to do the following: Protect passwords Guard personal information Never open s or attachments from an unknown person Delete chain letters Remember that can be shared widely

28 Action Steps Sit with you kid this week and have them show you what theyre doing and how it works Learn the settings of the software tools you have or check for recommendations Visit and and bookmark them for ongoing parent information

29 Last Word The most important software is the one between your childs ears.

30 Good Resources Quality and current nonprofit news service for kid-tech news. Based on the premise that informal, engaged parenting is essential to kids constructive use of technology and the Net. Provides information on how media can shape your childs development and what you can do to create a media-literate household. Provides a guide to making the Internet and Technology fun, safe, and productive. Advice and information about Internet safety for parents and teachers, plus opportunities to discuss problems and share solutions.

31 Good Resources GetNetWise is a public service created by Internet industry corporations and public interest groups with the goal of having Internet users be only "one click away" from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family's use of the Internet. Created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource to teach kids and teens how to stay safer on the Internet. kids.us is an Internet domain where affiliated sites are regularly screened and monitored so that parents and children can trust the sites to provide educational and appropriate online fun.

32 Good Resources Provides family friendly reviews of media (TV, film, music, Web sites, games, and books) and parent tips on healthy media diets for families. Run by the author of Net-mom's Internet Kids & Family Yellow Pages, a family-friendly directory to 3,500 of the best children's resources the Internet has to offer, this site highlights good sites for kids and provides safety tips for parents.

33 This presentation was prepared by The Childrens Partnership Last updated February 9, 2006


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