Presentation on theme: "INTERNET SAFETY FOR PARENTS. AGENDA Awareness for internet usage Safety tips for parents Social Networking Cyberbullying Sexting Resources."— Presentation transcript:
AGENDA Awareness for internet usage Safety tips for parents Social Networking Cyberbullying Sexting Resources Questions/Comments
TECHNOLOGY IS EVER- CHANGING The world is at their fingertips with a click of a button. Face to face communication is changing based on the increased use of technology as a means of communicating. Cell phones, gaming systems, computers, mp3 players.
EDUCATE YOURSELF Become familiar with websites Read through the privacy settings sections of various sites your child may use Learn more about Parental Control Settings “Google” your children. In other words, search Google for your children’s names on the Internet. Look at profiles & any postings about them.
TIPS TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN STAY SAFE WHEN ONLINE Create honest and open communication between you and your child Create a safe-space for them to discuss anything they have seen or been a part of on the internet without fear of punishment Online information is usually not private. People online are not always who they say they are. Anyone can put information online. You can’t trust everything you read online.
SAFETY TIPS CONTINUED Help your child understand that once it is on the internet or sent via cellphones, it can’t be taken back Limit internet use or create internet “house rules” The internet creates a sense of anonymity but children need to remember that they will still encounter their peers face to face. Don’t create fake accounts or impersonate someone else
CYBERBULLYING http://www.olweus.org/public/cyber_bullying.page http://www.olweus.org/public/cyber_bullying.page Read the comments Save the evidence but don’t respond to the cyberbully Block the cyberbully Contact the website company and have the cyberbully shut down
TWITTER Twitter- 140 character “status” updates Public or private If private you will not be able to see their tweets if they have not allowed you to follow them. More kids moving to Twitter
HELPFUL HINTS FOR PARENTS REGARDING THE POPULAR FACEBOOK Tips for parents section “Lists” you may be friends with your child on FB but they may have multiple accounts and/or have placed you on a list. http://www.connectsafely.org/Safety-Advice-Articles/facebook-for- parents.html http://www.connectsafely.org/Safety-Advice-Articles/facebook-for- parents.html
SEXTING Sending illicit and inappropriate pictures of themselves over the internet or cellphone Receiving above pictures and distributing them to other students. Familiarize yourself with state laws regarding sexting.
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO ABOUT SEXTING ? Talk to your children about the dangers of sexting. Set rules & consequences for breaking them. Be aware of what they’re posting publicly. Know who they’re communicating with. Learn how to use their cell phone, several phones have memory cards that children store information on. Be aware of texting shortcuts & acronyms.
WHAT TO TELL YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT SEXTING? Anything you send or post will not go away. Most things you send or post will not remain private. You risk jail time as well as being labeled a sex offender.. Risk reputation by participating.