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Social Networking & Internet Safety Brad Paisley – Cooler Online!
Worries of Parents Have Evolved: *1930s – are radio programs too violent? *1940s – are comic books bad influence? *1950s – is tv good for my child? *1960s – what is my child learning from rock and roll? *1970s – How is violence on tv affecting my child? *1980s – how are video games affecting my child? *1990s Post-Internet: Offensive Internet Material, Social Networking Sites, Chatrooms, Blogs, Games Online, Cell Phones and Text Messaging, ….
Computers – home, school, public libraries, friends homes. We forget about: Cell phones – Playstation 2 – and other game devices Handheld pcs and other wireless devices
Cell Phones and Other Wireless Devices Can Lead to Opportunities that could be unsafe or not appropriate: Giving out too much personal information. Cyberbullying Camera Phones – Inappropriate pictures or Evidence of their Illegal Activities and camera phones are everywhere catching everything! Videos and images from cell phone are easily posted on blogs, social networking sites, etc. Check out a new security software called mymobilewatchdog by Radar! Radar
My Mobile Watchdog
Social Networking Sites and Chatrooms These areas on the internet pose a threat to children and teens because of a misguided sense of security and a feeling like it is a private space where they can talk about anything and everything. Poses a threat when they begin trusting online peers.
SNL on Myspace
There are many social networking sites:
Safety tips for setting up an online profile: Keep profiles private. Do not post any information you wouldnt want public! Think before you post! Remember once posted – could become public knowledge!
True Story: Here is a true story regarding a teenager and online chatting and social networking.
The major problem is: Teens post too much information about themselves: Name, address and phone # Birthday School they attend Interests they have Where they hang out They lie about their age. Post their illegal activity. Revealing or inappropriate pictures of themselves. Employers and colleges are checking social networking sites.
The profile of the child/teen at risk: *Age *No or little parental involvement. *No definite bedtime. *Can be away from home without anyone knowing where he/she is. *Has exclusive use of computer in a private area.
Internet Predators: *Befriend them – find their interests and lie about common interests. In Chatrooms, by telephone, , webcams *May talk to their victims for months. *Slowly build a distorted feeling of trust and confidence. *Last they arrange to meet their victim.
One can be located easily:
Important things to Remember Regarding Social Networking and Chat Rooms: The Sad Facts: *One can behave differently online than in public or in school! It is viewed as a fantasyland where they can act out what they cant in the real world. *Teens actually post their illegal activity online – pictures of drug/alcohol use, damaging property, etc. Put videos/pictures on their myspace or Youtube. *Camera cell phones are making it easy for teens to take movies and pictures of incriminating materials and post online. *Parents hesitate to talk to their children about internet safety, partially because teens today have an increased knowledge about technology. *1 in 5 children are sexually solicited or approached over the internet in a one year period of time. *Students are creating more than one social networking profiles – they give the clean version to moms and dads.
Use monitoring and restricting software: Monitoring: Internet Referee, NetNanny, CyberPatrol Restricting: Adult Content filtering through ISP, Internet Explorers Content Advisor
Check computers history: Click on the history button in internet explorer
Go to Internet, Tools, Internet Options, Security, Restricted Sites Click on Sites and enter the website you want to restrict: and click Add Restricting Sites in Internet Explorer:
"Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. Cyberbullying may lead to a misdemeanor cyber harassment charge, or if the child is young enough may result in the charge of juvenile delinquency. Parry Aftab, on Cyberbullying
Stop Cyberbullying Learn about cyberbullying. Talk to your children about cyberbullying. Model positive behavior for your child. Allow your child to talk openly about their internet activity.
1.Learn as much as you can about the internet and computers. Children today are our first wired generation. They are very informed and educated. Learn about chat lingo, so you understand what your child is talking about. 2.Place the computer in central location where activity can be monitored. 3.Know who your children are talking to. 4.Review online safety with your child and set rules (when child can use computer, what they can use it for, how long they can use it. 5.Sign a safety pledge with your child. 6.Ensure open communication with your child and allow them to come to you if they see something that makes them feel uncomfortable. 7.Use adult content filtering or monitoring software. 8.Keep antivirus, spyware removal software up to date and firewall turned on.
*Self-Control *Critical Decision Making *Respect for Others *No Horseplay *Responsibility *Be Caring
As school officials: Create a safe environment at school for internet usage. Educate parents and assist them with internet safety questions. Encourage parents to be proactive not reactive. Educate our students on internet safety and cyberbullying.
What has worked for us at Secondary Level I speak with graduating seniors every year. I speak with PTO groups, at Open Houses, Parent Information Nights yearly. 1:1 education with students at risk (Students who have had unsafe internet activity. I created an internet safety webquest for parents and students K-12 which can be found on Fifth Grade PSAs -
What has worked at Elementary Level: I educate one 5 th grade classroom yearly on internet safety in each building. Then those students break up into groups of two and pick an internet safety topic they want to research and teach. Each group designs a calendar cover, artwork for their topic and learn Microsoft Publisher to create a calendar page. The class votes on best calendar cover and then students print and bind their calendars. Then these students go into every K-5 th grade classroom and teach their peers internet safety. We use the video Faux Paws, McGruff the Crime Dog and then students deliver their lesson and distribute calendars to all students to take home. We also created PSAs about Cyberbullying at the 5 th grade level to increase awareness in each of our elementary buildings. Students wrote their own scripts and we used Visual Communicator and the green screen to create some awesome PSAs.awesome PSAs
For more information: Internet Safety Webquest Netsmartz.org IKeepSafe.org Wiredsafety.org We can all work together: Our 5 th Grade Internet Safety Presentations: