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1 Welcome to: Surfing Online Safely
Project S.O.S. Brought to you by the MNPS Community Career Center

2 Sponsored by:

3 What should parents know to keep their children safe online

4 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

5 The Stats

6 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:

7 15% have received suggestive or threatening emails
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:

8 More Survey Results 87% of U.S. teens aged use the internet, up from 73% in 2000. 66% of adults use the internet, up from 56% in 2000. 51% of teenage internet users say they go online on a daily basis, up from 42% in 2000.

9 Does my child even have an email?
TIME OUT! Does my child even have an ?

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

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

12 1 in 7 United States teen girls
Online Predators 1 in 7 United States teen girls reported they had met strangers from the Internet in person. video

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

14 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

15 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find pornographic or otherwise inappropriate images Reluctance to talk about what he or she is doing online Becoming withdrawn from the family/other activities

16 Where is the computer located in your home?
TIME OUT! Where is the computer located in your home? No, No, No, No, No **nearly one in three (31%) has access from their own bedroom.

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

18 Instant Messaging

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

20 MSN Messenger


22 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.

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

24 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.

25 “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.

26 “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.

27 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.

28 I.M. Lingo

29 I.M./Text Messaging Lingo Decoded
LOL IDK BRB 2MI 9 OMG KPC DIKU Laugh out loud I don’t know Be right back Too much information Parent is watching Oh my God Keeping parents clueless Do I Know You

30 Networking

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

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


34 20% of teens report that they believe it is safe to share personal information on a public blog or networking site

35 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

36 Safety

37 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

38 Just a thought 3rd 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

39 Safety Considerations
Default security settings are often very low—you 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

40 Preventative Measures
Talk to your children often about online risks The cute 14 year old boy they’ve met online might not really be 14 or even a boy Teens often don’t see online promiscuity as “real” Posting risqué photos or appearing to be “up for anything” is an invitation to online predators

41 Helpful Websites

42 Video sharing

43 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

44 What’s Out There? On various video-sharing sites, there are documented incidents of: graphic combat video from the war in Iraq be-headings pornography pedophilia

45 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

46 cyber-bullies

47 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

48 It’s a Serious Threat Children have killed each other and committed suicide after being involved in a cyber-bullying incident

49 Flaming- (N’ Etiquette)
Don’t send mean chat messages, get involved in chat room arguments (flaming) or incite others to do so.

50 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

51 What Parents Can Do To Make a Difference
Solutions What Parents Can Do To Make a Difference

52 Safer Search Engines All Ages: Younger children: Younger children: Teens:

53 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

54 Suggested Blocking Software
Net Nanny Safe Eyes CYBERsitter

55 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.

56 Monitoring Software Radar Monitor Wolf Atomic Watch

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

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

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

60 Summary Tips 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 child’s activities

61 Pop Quiz Time!

62 Does My Child have an Email Address?

63 Is there a WebCam at my House?

64 Are there good things about the Internet?

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

66 Does my child have a MySpace or FaceBook account?

67 What does I.M. Stand for?

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

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

70 In Conclusion Don’t be afraid!
Give your children common sense rules for the Internet and seek help if there is something you do not understand.

71 Thank You for Coming

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