QUESTION The best place to locate the family computer is: 1. Child’s bedroom 2. Home office 3. Common area in house
QUESTION My child’s blog is private. 1. Yes 2. No 3. Don’t know
QUESTION I have discussed safe Internet use with my child. 1. Yes 2. No
QUESTION What percent of teens meet face-to-face with a person they first met on the Internet? 1.14% 2.23% 3.5%
INTERNET The “Web” The “Net” Cyberspace The “Information Highway”
THE INTERNET – THE GOOD Global network of information resources Communication tool Entertainment Social network Commerce
THE INTERNET – THE BAD Mobile phone risks Exploitation and scams Text and email bullying Spam, viruses, hackers, spyware, and other computer problems Invasions of privacy
THE INTERNET – AND THE UGLY Dangerous strangers Dangerous strangers Offensive material Offensive material Child pornography Child pornography Internet addiction Internet addiction Criminal activities Criminal activities
INTERNET STATISTICS 1 in 7 youth received unwanted sexual solicitations online. U. S. Department of Justice and University of New Hampshire (2006)
INTERNET STATISTICS 12% of teens whose parents talk to them “a lot” about online safety stated they would consider meeting face-to- face with someone they met on the Internet. 20% of teens whose parents have not talked to them about online safety stated they would consider meeting someone face-to-face who they met online. Cox Communications & NCMEC, 2007
INTERNET STATISTICS 70% of 13 to 17 year-olds have personal profiles on social networking sites. Cox Communications & NCMEC, 2007
Favorite Teen Social Sites XangaMySpaceFacebookYouTube Club Penguin Second Life (3D World)
INTERNET STATISTICS INTERNET STATISTICS U. S. Department of Justice and University of New Hampshire (2006) 34% of youth reported an unwanted exposure to sexual material.
INTERNET STATISTICS INTERNET STATISTICS U. S. Department of Justice and University of New Hampshire (2006) 32% of youth reported online harassment or cyberbullying.
INTERNET STATISTICS INTERNET STATISTICS U. S. Department of Justice and University of New Hampshire (2006) 27% of solicitors asked youth to take sexual pictures of themselves.
SEXTING The act of sending sexually explicit photographs or sexual text messages electronically which are primarily transmitted between cell phones.
INTERNET STATISTICS INTERNET STATISTICS National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy Survey 2008 20% of teens 20% of teens send or post naked send or post naked or semi-naked or semi-naked photos or videos of themselves. photos or videos of themselves.
The sad story of Jesse Logan May, 2008 Source: MSNBC.com
TIPS TO PREVENT SEXTING Think about the consequences. Never share photos of yourself that are private. Think before you hit SEND. Anything on the Internet is public for anyone to see. Remember that forwarding sexual material is a crime.
CYBERBULLYING Cyberbullying is intentionally embarrassing, humiliating, threatening, or targeting an individual or group of people using e-mail, instant messaging, social sites, blogs, mobile phones, or other technological methods.
CYBERBULLYING Cyberbullying comes in many forms, including the following: Flaming Harassment Masquerade Outing and Trickery
Another sad story Megan Meier Source: The New York Times
WHAT TO DO ABOUT CYBERBULLYING Do not respond to harassing messages. Save all harassing messages. Tell a trusted adult. Change your account. Call police if the contact involves threats of violence, stalking, child pornography, sexual solicitation, obscene calls or text messages.
WARNING SIGNS Spending large amounts of time online Spending large amounts of time online Presence of pornography Presence of pornography Mysterious phone calls Mysterious phone calls Receipt of unexplained gifts Receipt of unexplained gifts Hiding the computer screen as Hiding the computer screen as parents approach parents approach Withdrawing from normal activities Withdrawing from normal activities and social interaction and social interaction
WHAT TO DO Talk repeatedly with your child about CyberSafety. Review the content on your child's computer. Check the history of Internet sites your child has visited. Use Caller ID to determine who is contacting your child by phone. Move the computer to a central location in your home. REPORT any questionable Internet activity or content to law enforcement or the CyberTipline.
GUIDELINES FOR SAFE INTERNET USE Never give out identifying information such as home address, school name, or telephone number. Never allow your students/children to arrange a face-to- face meeting with someone met on the Internet. Never respond to messages that are suggestive, obscene, threatening, or make your student/child uncomfortable. Never use personal computers and online services as an electronic babysitter. Neverallow access to the Internet in a space where teachers or parents cannot easily supervise use. Teachers and parents should be actively involved with children while they use the Internet. Never allow access to the Internet in a space where teachers or parents cannot easily supervise use. Teachers and parents should be actively involved with children while they use the Internet.www.nypl.org/legal/safety.cfm
WHEN TO CONTACT POLICE OR THE CYBER TIPLINE You find child pornography on the computer. Your child has received sexually explicit images or communication. Your child has been sexually solicited. After contacting law enforcement, keep your computer turned off to preserve any evidence. Do not copy or print any images or text unless specifically directed to do so by law enforcement.
REPORTING CALL THE CYBER TIPLINE 1-800-843-5678OR MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE Pedophile Section 240-773-5400
For more information go to: www.netsmartz.org www.netsmartzkids.org www.netsmartz411.org www.cybertipline.com www.iSafe.org www.ikeepsafe.com