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1 How to keep your kids safe online
Cyber-Safety How to keep your kids safe online

2 Some Statistics 61% of 13-to 17-year kids have a personal profile on a social networking site 71% reported receiving messages online from someone they don’t know 45% have been asked for personal information by someone they don’t know 14% have actually met a person face to face from the internet Only 18% would tell an adult

3 Some more Statistics 20% of teens report that is it safe to share personal information on a Facebook or MySpace 48% of 16-17’s reported that their parents know “very little” or “nothing” about what they do on the internet. 22% of those surveyed reported their parents or guardians have never discussed Internet safety with them.

4 Helpful Definitions Public Chat Rooms – created and maintained by a company. A number of customers can be in the public chat rooms at any time and cover a broad range of topics. Chat – real time text conversation between users in a chat room with no expectation of privacy. Instant Messages – private, real time text conversations between two users in a chat room

5 What are signs that your child might be at risk on-line?
Your child spends large amounts of time on-line, especially at night. Your child receives phone calls from people you don’t know or is making calls to phone numbers you don’t recognize. Your child turns the computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen on the monitor when you come into the room. Your child becomes withdrawn from the family.

6 Real Life Stories Julie’s Story

7 What can I do? Talk to your kids
All the normal advice about using common sense to stay safe applies exactly the same in cyberspace. Don’t talk or accept anything from strangers. I need to meet your friends. Come straight home. Don’t say mean things about other people. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Be polite and respectful of others Don’t tell people personal things about yourself.

8 Online Safety Tips for Parents
Keep your child’s computer in an open area of the house. Use anti-virus software and update it regularly. Never share or give out passwords. Visit the Web sites your child visits. Read a Web site’s privacy policy before giving out any private or personal information. Never meet in person with someone you first met online.

9 Online Safety Tips for Parents
Tell your child not to open attachments from unknown sources or respond to pop-ups on your computer. There is no such thing as “private” online. Have an agreement about what’s okay to post. Agree on downloads. Music. Video. Games. Encourage critical thinking. View your own habits carefully. You are the ultimate roll model.

10 Keep channels of communication open
Most important: Keep channels of communication open

11 Contact information National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline – U.S. Customs 24hr hotline, and it will route your complaint to the right law enforcement agency –

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