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Internet Safety Made Simple May 12, 2009. Welcome! Being here is the first step – it shows you care! Free or low-cost ways to protect your child and their.

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1 Internet Safety Made Simple May 12, 2009

2 Welcome! Being here is the first step – it shows you care! Free or low-cost ways to protect your child and their online presence Handouts also CHHS website – Facebook presentation available

3 About me… BS in Elementary Education Taught 2 nd grade IBM – 10 years MSEd in Educational Technology, K-12 certified First year at CHHS, Technology Teacher/Staff Developer Mother to 2 boys, ages 8 & 4

4 Tonights Schedule 1.Basic safety review for parent and child 2.Limits you set with your system controls 3.What you can do if your child is doing something you dont approve of

5 Some Statistics… (Cox Communications and NCMEC 3, 2005)Cox Communications and NCMEC 3, 2005 Over half (51%) of parents either do not have or do not know if they have software on their computer(s) that monitors where their teenager(s) go online and with whom they interact. 30% of parents allow their teenagers to use the computer in private areas of the house such as a bedroom or a home office. Parents say they are more vigilant about where their teen(s) go online if the computer is in a public area of the household.

6 Computer Safety Basics Talk to your child! – Know what they are doing online Do NOT allow computers in private areas (bedroom) – public spaces only – Privacy is a privilege, not a right! Know your childs passwords for , IM – Check to make sure they work! Ask them about the sites they visit – what site is their favorite; why?

7 Internet Safety Basics Let them know how you feel about online privacy and safety Remind them not to share: – Passwords – Personal information (age, school, address, etc) Tell an adult if someone makes them feel uncomfortable – They are still protected under the law as a child, like it or not!

8 Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Passed by Congress in 1998 Defines the term "child" as an individual under the age of thirteen Applies only to websites that collect personal information from children. Under this act, sites that collect info (usually with parental consent) must disclose via a privacy policy: – What information they are gathering – Purpose of gathering information

9 Safety – Real Life and Online Networking requires the same common-sense, online or offline Strangers exist online and in person! Would you tell this information to a stranger down at the deli? Be mindful of what you reveal – Photos School name on sweatshirts, etc. – User names Graduation year, age, location (kimmy2009, joe16, LizNYC)

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11 Keeping Your Children Safe Online OS Level Security – Vista, XP Web Filtering programs – NetNanny is a popular name Monitoring programs – Parental controls in Vista Keylogger programs – Will tell you everything – every keystroke!

12 Operating System Safety Most basic controls – Start – Control Panel Make sure every user has their own, password- protected account – Children should not be able to access parents accounts – Parents should have the password to childs account

13 XP vs. Vista XP SteadyState– free download that can help protect your family from inappropriate content and contact SteadyState Windows Live Vista Parental Controls allow for setting Parental Controls – Time limits – Receiving activity reports – Block or allow programs

14 Parental Controls – Windows Vista from To access Windows Vista Parental Controls: Click on the Windows Vista "Start" button at the lower left to open the "Start" menu. Click on the "Instant Search" field and enter "par" to search for Parental Controls. Click "Parental Controls" to open the settings. Click "Create a new user account." Click the test field to enter a username. Click "Create Account."

15 Parental Controls – continued from Windows Vista Parental Controls provide multiple options for managing computer use for every member of the family including: Web Restrictions Determine the Web sites your children can access and which programs they can download by choosing Windows Vista Web Filter under the Windows Settings menu. Computer Games Allow or block video games based on their ratings or select specific titles to allow or block by choosing Games under the Windows Settings menu. Time Limits To set the times when your child can use the computer, click Time Limits under Windows Settings menu. Use the grid to set blocks of time when your child can use the computer. Activity Reports If you want a report on the sites your kids visit, the games and programs they play and download, and when they are online, make sure to select On under Activity Reporting. Click View Activity Reports to see the report for the child's account.

16 New Forms of Communication Teens are more likely to chat or text than (Pew, 2005) Twitter & Facebook vs, Yahoo! & Hotmail Texting and IMing at the same time – multimodal Communication is changing IM, chat, texting – all temporary forms of communication

17 Social Networking - Overview More popular for current generation of HS students than personal ! Facebook – Must be 13 to have a profile; if child is younger, you can have their profile shut down – Privacy controls and profile versions – 150 million members as of January 2009 MySpace – Music oriented, more open to the public, not as safe as Facebook

18 Social Networking Tips Friend your child! – If they wont friend you, have them friend a trusted adult – cousin, aunt or uncle, family friend – and check on them through this channel! Review their friends, photos, postings with them – Privacy is a privilege, not a right! Be careful about installing 3 rd party applications – Identity theft – Viruses & worms Understand privacy settings – Keep your information HIGHLY private!

19 Facebook for Parents If your child is under 13 and has created a Facebook page, you can have it deleted Help children understand that social networks are public places Facebook is a map of your childs peer group – use it intelligently!

20 Online Safety Look into safeguarding programs or options your online service provider might offer. These may include monitoring or filtering capabilities. Windows Live ID – Child will need to login using parent-controlled LiveID – Better for younger children – older may get around these controls

21 Free or Low Cost Parental Monitors ParentalControl Bar – free – Big Mother – free to try, $29 to buy – Allows you observe internet traffic (sniffer)and open certain types of webmail Sentry Total Family Protection – free to try, $2.99 a month to buy – User can block, monitor, time limit access – This is helpful if you dont have the parental controls of Windows Vista FriendFeed - FREE – Monitors Twitter, flickr, YouTube – Create an imaginary friend to monitor your child

22 Internet Usage Review your childs history in a web browser – Child may be deleting history – if so, set up monitoring software that records and s history Internet Explorer – Latest version is IE 8, free upgrade Mozilla Firefox – Latest version is 3 – Works with Windows or Mac – Add-ons for safety (Kidzui, Parental control bar, AdBlock Plus) – Comes with a built-in popup window blocker

23 Its not just computers! Cell phone safety 85% of U.S. kids under 17 have a cell phone (22% of kids and 39% of kids 12-13). – Children, 12 and under, are one of the fastest growing segments of mobile technology users in the U.S. 33% of teens have been victims of a cyberbully through online tools, including cell phones.

24 Cell Phone Safety Sexting – Sharing nude or sexual photos via cell phone – Considered child pornography if either party is under age Harassment When does Talking become Stalking? What you can do about it – Set Limits – Review calls, texts, photos – Make sure children understand they lose control of an image once it has been sent to someone else!

25 Cell Phone Safety Suggestions Turn cell phones off at a certain time & turn them in for the night – No sleeping with your cell phone under the pillow! Examine the bill – Who are they communicating with? WHEN? Talk with your kids about the consequences for sexting and cyberbullying Regularly review your childs pictures on their cell phones Set a good example! No texting and driving!

26 CELL PHONE SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS from WebWiseKids.org DO speak with your child about their cell phone habits and your safety concerns DO set limits on what your child can do on their cell phones (i.e. who they can talk to, when they can be on their phones, the number of text messages they can send and what they are allowed to post online) DO access your cell phone carriers parental control settings and decide the settings that will work best for you DO talk with your kids about the consequences for sexting and cyberbullying DO NOT overact or take away your childs cell phones if they tell you about something bad that they experienced online or with their cell phones. Cell phones are important for emergency situations and staying connected DO encourage your child to teach you what they can do with their cell phones DO NOT hesitate to get help from school and law enforcement authorities if you think a bully or predator may be targeting your child. Save copies of all messages and report the misuse to your service provider DO regularly review your childs pictures on their cell phones DO get to know your childs online friends as you would their real-life friends

27 CELL PHONE SAFETY TIPS FOR TEENS from WebWiseKids.org DO use your cell phone for fun & to communicate & stay connected with your friends and family DO remember that what you post or text message about others can be out there in cyberspace forever DO say NO to Bullying – dont let ANYONE get bullied and dont be the bully. DO talk to an adult you trust if you have sent or received any messages that were harmful or made you feel uncomfortable. DO NOT take or forward nude pictures to ANYONE. Once you send or post a picture, you can never get it back. These pictures could be illegal and consequences include, expulsion from school, jail, and registering as a sex offender. DO report any nude pictures you receive on your phone to an adult you trust DO NOT drive while talking on your cell phone or text messaging. It is illegal in many states. DO NOT give your number out to people you do not know in real life. DO try just talking with your friends the old fashion way (on the phone) instead of just text messaging all the time. IT's YOUR CALL - YOUR CHOICES -- YOUR CONSEQUENCES

28 Instant Messaging Safety Dont download files or photos from people if you know them or NOT– safety & security Dont share your screen name in public places Chat with only people on your buddy list No sensitive info (credit card #, passwords) Away messages – dont reveal too much

29 INTERNET SAFETY TIPS FOR TEENS from WebWiseKids.org DO spend more time with real-life friends than virtual friends DO tell an adult if someone online harasses you or wants to talk about sex DO cut off contact with anyone who pressures you for your personal information (name, age, size, photo, address, family information) DO be careful of strangers who try to turn you against your family while promising to be your best friend (they may send you gifts and give you lots of compliments, but at the same time, they are possessive of your time and critical of your parents.) DO NOT exchange pictures with strangers through the Internet DO NOT open s/instant messages or download attachments from people you dont know DO NOT fill out your information to win free stuff DO NOT go to meet someone you dont already know in real life DO NOT post personal information, of any kind, on a personal website or blog

30 Resources Web Wise Kids - https://www.webwisekids.org/index.asphttps://www.webwisekids.org/index.asp Thats Not Cool - Common Sense Media - Microsoft Online Safety: Age Based Guidelines FBI Publications – Parents Guide to Internet Safety Facebook Tips for Parents - LMK (Girl Scouts) site on Internet Safety - American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Safety Links

31 FAQ What is Twitter? – Microblogging, 140 a time – Can be useful, but remember safety rules Can I find out if my child has a secret account? – Not unless you use keylogger software and they access the account from that computer. What is YouTube? – User-submitted videos – Many good, but many are inappropriate – Use good judgment – as with any video site

32 FAQ Avoiding identity theft – Shred! – Make strong passwords – Dont share passwords with anyone – Keep them in a safe place, not written on a post-it – Log out completely from shared computers


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