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2 Welcome to: Surfing Online Safely Brought to you by the MNPS Community Career Center

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4 What should parents know to keep their children safe online

5 Is Your Child More Internet- Savvy Than You Are? This workshop will cover: –Instant messaging/Chat rooms –Networking sites, safe or not? –Cyber-bullying –Online Predators –Filtering/Blocking, Monitoring/Tracking –Safe search engines for homework purposes


7 What Kids are Really Doing Online: 60% of female teens surveyed have given out personal information in questionnaires online 45% have given out personal information to someone they met online 23% have sent pictures to someone they met on the internet All statistics taken from special report: 33.html

8 More Survey Results 30% have been in a chat room where the discussion made them feel uncomfortable 15% have received suggestive or threatening s All statistics taken from special report: 33.html

9 87% of U.S. teens aged use the internet, up from 73% in % of adults use the internet, up from 56% in % of teenage internet users say they go online on a daily basis, up from 42% in More Survey Results

10 TIME OUT! Does my child even have an ?

11 With an Address Your child is able to: –Of course, send s –Join a networking program –Use a messenger service –Sign up for free online services such as radio

12 You should know your childs address (Remember: they may have more than one!) *83% of is SPAM including sexually explicit and possibly containing viruses causing attachments

13 Online Predators 1 in 7 United States teen girls reported they had met strangers from the Internet in person. video

14 It Can Happen at Home Child molesters often blackmail children into performing sexual acts on web cams.

15 Good things about the Internet Largest collection of information in the world Helps kids with their homework Allows worldwide communication Provides exposure to different cultures and ways of life

16 Warning Signs from Your Child Large amounts of time spent online You find pornographic or otherwise inappropriate images Reluctance to talk about what he or she is doing online Becoming withdrawn from the family/other activities

17 TIME OUT! Where is the computer located in your home? **nearly one in three (31%) has access from their own bedroom.

18 Watch Out Does your child turn off the computer monitor or change the screen when you enter the room?


20 I.M. and Chat rooms Over 60% of teens use instant messaging –MSN Messenger –AIM (AOLs IM) –Online chat rooms/forums * Most widely reported use of the internet among teenagers

21 MSN Messenger


23 Your Kids Should Know: Everything you type is visible to everyone in the chat room Screen names should be non-identifiable Never give out any personal information –Where you go to school –School activities –Hangout spots Could be charged with juvenile delinquency over something he or she says online.

24 Bad Screen Name Examples SexyLitttleThing LittleGirl41398 SoccerStar#5 SyracuseBabe Jesse2Hot4u

25 And Remind Them: Never accept files or downloads from people you don't know You can save copies of your chat room conversations. Make sure you know how to report problems to the chat room moderator.

26 Sexting These days the disturbing new trend in teenage flirting is sending nude or semi- nude photos from cell phone to cell phone: instead of "texting," they call it called "sexting." While the X-rated offerings are usually intended just for a boyfriend or girlfriend, the photos often wind up being shared.

27 Sexting cont. v: the act of text messaging someone in the hopes of having a sexual encounter with them later A recent survey hosted by Teenage Research Unlimited found that 20% of teenagers have sent or posted nude or seminude pictures or videos of themselves.

28 The Talk Talk to them about what's happening among their peers and ask if they've been involved in sexting themselves. Without anger or judgement of them, talk about the repercussions short term and long term and share your own values. Ask them their thoughts. But it's by instilling a high sense of self-worth in your teens from an early age that you can best prepare them for making wise decisions. Talk to your children about the value of their sexuality and how priceless their bodies are. This should be an ongoing conversation from the time they learn about what sex is.


30 I.M./Text Messaging Lingo Decoded LOL IDK BRB 2MI 9 OMG KPC DIKU Laugh out loud I dont know Be right back Too much information Parent is watching Oh my God Keeping parents clueless Do I Know You


32 Networking Sites: Whats Going On Myspace, Facebook, etc. (public domain) –These are sites designed for members to network, share information, etc. Has no regulations for young users

33 ____ of teens have a personal profile on a site such as MySpace. 61%


35 20% of teens report that they believe it is safe to share personal information on a public blog or networking site

36 Private! Private! Private! If you're over 16 and you want to make your profile private, here's how: 1. log in 2. click on my account 3. click on privacy tab 4. check the box that says profile viewable by: My friends only 5. click save all changes


38 Identity Theft Security Padlock in lower-right corner Https:// Warnings s requesting personal Information Avoid Hyperlinks to fraudulent sites Wireless (Wifi) People can access info without knowledge War Driving Always include passwords

39 Just a thought 3 rd parties are getting smarter –Police departments and school administrators can use Facebook/Myspace pages to detect problems including illegal behavior, threats to others or self, violations of student codes of conduct, etc. –Potential employers screen sites to gather information about the character of potential employees

40 Safety Considerations –Default security settings are often very lowyou can go in and strengthen these. –Anything you post can be saved, even if you take it down later –Friends can post things without your permission Tools Internet Options Security Tab Right Click Save Picture As

41 Preventative Measures Talk to your children often about online risks –The cute 14 year old boy theyve met online might not really be 14 or even a boy –Teens often dont see online promiscuity as real –Posting risqué photos or appearing to be up for anything is an invitation to online predators

42 Helpful Websites


44 Video Networking What is it? –Video networking (common sites include You Tube) allows anyone to upload and share videos they produce, copy, or find. –Generally, sites require registration (give your address and birth date), but there is no fee –Age restriction is applied to videos with adult material, but this is based only on the honor system

45 Whats Out There? On various video-sharing sites, there are documented incidents of: –graphic combat video from the war in Iraq –be-headings –pornography –pedophilia

46 Online Videos Let kids know the downside: –Online predators can use videos for information –Funny videos could be used later against someone –Legal problems result from videos that violate copyright law


48 Cyber-bullying Occurs when a minor is bullied by another minor using: –Internet –interactive and digital technologies –mobile phones –If an adult behaves this way it is called cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking

49 Its a Serious Threat Children have killed each other and committed suicide after being involved in a cyber- bullying incident

50 Flaming- (N Etiquette) Dont send mean chat messages, get involved in chat room arguments (flaming) or incite others to do so.

51 Crime and Punishment Misdemeanor cyber- harassment charges or charge of juvenile delinquency Typically results losing ISP or IM accounts Hacking/password/identity theft is serious criminal matter under state and federal law

52 Solutions What Parents Can Do To Make a Difference

53 Safer Search Engines All Ages: – Younger children: – – Teens: – – –

54 Available Computer Software Blocking: –bad site list Blocks access to sites you put on list –good site list Prevents child from accessing any site not on list

55 Suggested Blocking Software Net Nanny Safe Eyes CYBERsitter

56 Available Computer Software Tracking and Monitoring: –Tracks where your children go, how long they spend, etc. Can even control what times of day children use computer Recommended for older children who are allowed reasonable freedom online; this is the back-up system if something goes wrong.

57 Monitoring Software Radar Monitor Wolf Atomic Watch

58 Additional tips MSN and AOL software provide parental blocking options –Parents can block sites such as Myspace Other blocking programs can be purchased

59 For More Information Internet safety resources for parents as well as links to protective software can be found at:

60 Summary Tips Know your childs address and password Monitor instant messaging and chat room activities Know the security settings/privacy Routinely check your childs Myspace account or Google your childs name Check for personal information (esp. school, teams, activities, etc.)

61 Emphasize that everything done online has consequences just like in real life Pictures can be more suggestive than we think Software is available for your computer to block, filter, and/or monitor your childs activities Summary Tips


63 Does My Child have an Address?

64 Is there a WebCam at my House?

65 Are there good things about the Internet?

66 Is my child spending Too much time on the computer?

67 Does my child have a MySpace or FaceBook account?

68 What does I.M. Stand for?

69 Which of the following is a Social Networking Site? Yahoo Google E-Harmony Facebook

70 What is the primary purpose of the website You Tube? Chatting Sharing online videos Downloading Music Cyber-Dating

71 In Conclusion Dont be afraid! –Give your children common sense rules for the Internet and seek help if there is something you do not understand.

72 Thank You for Coming

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