The Internet Provides…. A place to hang with friends A place to shop A place to create my own space A feeling of being accepted, respected, included, and connected
Is Anyone Really Looking? Are there really risks? Current Questionable Internet Sites Online Predators Identity Theft Future College Internships / Future Jobs How Much Information is TOO Much Information? "This generation (will) say things without thinking about the consequences." Mary Beth Mackin University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Headlines Woman Accused of Being an Online Predator Little Rock, AR 4/27/06 Man Arrested for Investigation of Child Rape 4/25/06 Komo, WA 4 Accused of Seeking Underage Girls on the Internet 4/22/06 Canton, OH Net rape suspect charged again 4/12/06 Daily News Journal, TN MySpace is a Predators Playground 4/12/06 VA Man Raped a Girl he met on MySpace Worchester, MA 4/4/06 Man Accused Of Using MySpace To Meet, Rape Teen 4/3/06 WFtv, FL 6800+ MySpace Articles in last 60 days Chat Video
Grooming Process Appear Familiar Develops Trust Establishes Secrecy Erodes Barriers Direct Intimidation Face to Face Meeting 37 kids before they caught up with me… Predator Video
Social Networking Sites www.myspace.com 74 million users www.myspace.com www.xanga.com 45 million users www.xanga.com www.sms.ac 40 million users (cell phone based service) www.sms.ac www.friendster.com 24 million users www.friendster.com www.orkut.com 12 million users (associated with google) www.orkut.com www.livejournal.com 9 million users www.livejournal.com www.facebook.com 6 million users www.facebook.com www.360.yahoo.com 2 million users www.360.yahoo.com www.tagged.com 1 million users www.tagged.com
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Details Schools William Fremd High School, Palatine, Illinois, Graduated in 2008 Clubs: Forensics, track and field, tri-m, jr. class council, student council, SADD, german honor society, german club, band, choir i'm a junior at fremd, a school whose employees dont know how to communicate thus screwing up peoples lives. Work Lotus Montessori School Hoffman Estates, Illinois US Teaching Assistant Aramark Schaumburg, Illinos US General Profile information Smoke / Drink: Yes / Yes if you want to talk to me direct AIM me at : xotruexxxxxxxxx
Whos Watching? Admissions dean Paul Marthers at Reed College in Portland, Ore., says the school denied admission this year to one applicant in part because his entries on blogging site LiveJournal included disparaging comments about Reed.LiveJournal Two Louisiana State swimmers were kicked off the team last spring for criticizing their coaches on Facebook. A University of Colorado offensive tackle was suspended from a bowl game in December for sending a racially threatening message through Facebook to a Colorado cross-country runner.
Whos Watching? USA Today March 9, 2006 An employer who was ready to hire a student from Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center changed his mind after seeing the student's Facebook page-Lauri Sybel, director of the college career center. Since then, Sybel says she has checked other students' pages to make sure they weren't hurting their job prospects. Chicago Tribune March 28, 2006 75% of job recruiters use web searching as a part of their applicant screening process 25% state that they have eliminated candidates based on information they found online.
What Can We Do As Teachers? Educate! Be able to converse with parents about steps we take at FHS to protect students. The Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) should be reviewed with students. Internet content is filtered at the District level by a program called WebSense. Supervise students who use computers in classrooms and labs. Dont grade papers or surf the net while students use computers!
What Can We Do As Teachers? Educate! Visit www.FremdTech.org and click on Internet Safetywww.FremdTech.org Coming soon, Internet Safety site from D211 Brochure
What Can We Do As Teachers? Educate! Pay close attention to those who watch students participating in sports, clubs, etc. People who don't seem to belong Parking lot lurkers Photos being taken by unknown individuals Google yourself
What Can We Do As Parents? Talk to your kids Ask them to see their webspace(s) and what it says about them Provide your feelings about their site Search for their sites using their email address or school Inform them of the dangers of TMI Have them remove personal information or contact the web host to do it yourself Talk about the ways that a predator may reach out to your child through the internet Use technology Use software to block or monitor Visit www.software4parents.comwww.software4parents.com Visit www.wiredsafety.org for tips on internet safety and help for resolving problemswww.wiredsafety.org Visit iSafe, www.isafe.com and NetSmartz, www.netsmartz.org, for great parent tips.www.isafe.comwww.netsmartz.org
Suggestions Restrict Access to ANY Profile You Have Only allow access to people you actually know – and not their friends Remove your Full Name Remove your Birth Date Remove your Job Listings Dont use the bulletin features Restrict your email and IM information Clean up your Language / Profile Choices
Signs of Inappropriate Internet Use According to the FBI, some signs that your child might be at risk on-line include: Your child spends large amounts of time on-line, particularly at night. quickly changes screens or turns off the monitor when you enter the room becomes withdrawn from the family is sharing an on-line account with an unknown user or resists sharing passwords or information related to their computer use You find inappropriate material on the home computer. Illicit pop-up advertisements and e-mail spam appears when you use the computer.
Resources Be Safe Online (http://www.besafeonline.org/)This site discusses common problems associated with e-mail, instant messaging, and file sharing.http://www.besafeonline.org/ Be Web Aware (http://www.bewebaware.ca/english/default.aspx)Safety tips are organized by age group on this site. It also includes a database of kid-friendly web sites.http://www.bewebaware.ca/english/default.aspx Cybersmart (http://www.cybersmart.org) -highly acclaimed curriculum empowering K-8 students to use the Internet safely, responsibly and effectively. Free to educatorshttp://www.cybersmart.org Get Net Wise (http://www.getnetwise.org/)A site created and maintained by the Internet Education Foundation, it is a resource for understanding the Internet and how to protect your family from potential Internet-related problems.http://www.getnetwise.org/ i-Safe (http://www.isafe.org/)A well-organized site that provides information for parents, children, and educators. Many suggestions for filtering and monitoring Internet use can be found at this site.http://www.isafe.org/ NetSmartz (http://www.netsmartz.org) –This site contains a wealth of information for parents and teens.http://www.netsmartz.org Wired Safety (http://www.wiredsafety.org/)This site contains many resources to promote responsible and safe computer use.http://www.wiredsafety.org/
Presenters : Michael Bachrodt, Technology Coordinator Stewart Seaholm, Fremd Police Consultant Special thanks to Hank Thiele, Technology Coordinator, CHS, and Scott Weidig, Technology Coordinator, SHS, for the use and/or modification of some of their presentation material. Thanks For Attending!