3What should parents know to keep their children safe online
4Is Your Child More Internet-Savvy Than You Are? This workshop will cover:Instant messaging/Chat roomsNetworking sites, safe or not?Cyber-bullyingOnline PredatorsFiltering/Blocking, Monitoring/TrackingSafe search engines for homework purposes
6What Kids are Really Doing Online: 60% of female teens surveyed have given out personal information in questionnaires online45% have given out personal information to someone they met online23% have sent pictures to someone they met on the internetAll statistics taken from WiredSafety.org special report:
715% have received suggestive or threatening emails More Survey Results30% have been in a chat room where the discussion made them feel uncomfortable15% have received suggestive or threatening sAll statistics taken from WiredSafety.org special report:
8More Survey Results87% 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% in2000.
9Does my child even have an email? TIME OUT!Does my child even have an ?
10With an Email Address Your child is able to: Of course, send emails Join a networking programUse a messenger serviceSign up for free online services such as radio
11You 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
121 in 7 United States teen girls Online Predators1 in 7 United States teen girlsreported they had met strangers from the Internet in person.video
13It Can Happen at HomeChild molesters often blackmail children into performing sexual acts on web cams.
14Good things about the Internet Largest collection of information in the worldHelps kids with their homeworkAllows worldwide communicationProvides exposure to different cultures and ways of life
15Warning Signs from Your Child Large amounts of time spent onlineYou find pornographic or otherwise inappropriate imagesReluctance to talk about what he or she is doing onlineBecoming withdrawn from the family/other activities
16Where 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.
17Watch OutDoes your child turn off the computer monitor or change the screen when you enter the room?
19* Most widely reported use of the internet among teenagers I.M. and Chat roomsOver 60% of teens use instant messagingMSN MessengerAIM (AOL’s IM)Online chat rooms/forums* Most widely reported use of the internet among teenagers
22Your Kids Should Know:Everything you type is visible to everyone in the chat roomScreen names should be non-identifiableNever give out any personal informationWhere you go to schoolSchool activitiesHangout spotsCould be charged with juvenile delinquency over something he or she says online.
23Bad Screen Name Examples SexyLitttleThingLittleGirl41398SoccerStar#5SyracuseBabeJesse2Hot4u
24And Remind Them:Never accept files or downloads from people you don't knowYou 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 laterA recent survey hosted by Teenage Research Unlimited found that 20% of teenagers have sent or posted nude or seminude pictures or videos of themselves.
27The TalkTalk 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.
3420% of teens report that they believe it is safe to share personal information on a public blog or networking site
35Private! Private! Private! If you're over 16 and you want to make your profile private, here's how:1. log in2. click on my account3. click on privacy tab4. check the box that says profile viewable by: My friends only5. click save all changes
37Identity Theft Security Padlock in lower-right corner Https:// Warningss requesting personal InformationAvoid Hyperlinks to fraudulent sitesWireless (Wifi)People can access info without knowledgeWar DrivingAlways include passwords
38Just 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
39Safety 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 laterFriends can post things without your permissionTools Internet Options Security TabRight Click Save Picture As
40Preventative Measures Talk to your children often about online risksThe cute 14 year old boy they’ve met online might not really be 14 or even a boyTeens often don’t see online promiscuity as “real”Posting risqué photos or appearing to be “up for anything” is an invitation to online predators
43Video 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 feeAge restriction is applied to videos with adult material, but this is based only on the honor system
44What’s Out There?On various video-sharing sites, there are documented incidents of:graphic combat video from the war in Iraqbe-headingspornographypedophilia
45Online Videos Let kids know the downside: Online predators can use videos for information“Funny” videos could be used later against someoneLegal problems result from videos that violate copyright law
47Cyber-bullying Occurs when a minor is bullied by another minor using:Internetinteractive and digital technologiesmobile phonesIf an adult behaves this way it iscalled cyber-harassment orcyber-stalking
48It’s a Serious ThreatChildren have killed each other and committed suicide after being involved in a cyber-bullying incident
49Flaming- (N’ Etiquette) Don’t send mean chat messages, get involved in chat room arguments (flaming) or incite others to do so.
50Crime and PunishmentMisdemeanor cyber-harassment charges or charge of juvenile delinquencyTypically results losing ISP or IM accountsHacking/password/identity theft is serious criminal matter under state and federal law
51What Parents Can Do To Make a Difference SolutionsWhat Parents Can Do To Make a Difference
52Safer Search Engines All Ages: Younger children: kids.yahoo.com school.nettrekker.comYounger children:kids.yahoo.comaskkids.comTeens:discovery.comnationalgeographic.orgsafekids.com
53Available Computer Software Blocking:“bad site” listBlocks access to sites you put on list“good site” listPrevents child from accessing any site not on list
54Suggested Blocking Software Net NannySafe EyesCYBERsitter
55Available Computer Software Tracking and Monitoring:Tracks where your children go, how long they spend, etc.Can even control what times of day children use computerRecommended for older children who are allowed reasonable freedom online; this is the back-up system if something goes wrong.
57Additional tips http://www.software4parents.com/ MSN and AOL software provide parental blocking optionsParents can block sites such as MyspaceOther blocking programs can be purchased
58For More Information wiredsafety.org isafe.org Internet safety resources for parents as well as links to protective software can be found at:wiredsafety.orgisafe.org
59Summary Tips Know your child’s email address and password Monitor instant messaging and chat room activitiesKnow the security settings/privacyRoutinely check your child’s Myspace account or Google your child’s nameCheck for personal information (esp. school, teams, activities, etc.)
60Summary TipsEmphasize that everything done online has consequences just like in real lifePictures can be more suggestive than we thinkSoftware is available for your computer to block, filter, and/or monitor your child’s activities