Published byCordelia Pitts Modified over 7 years ago
Kara LaRose, School Counselor Willow Dale Elementary School
Internet Safety Kara LaRose, School Counselor Willow Dale Elementary School
Statistics Over half of 11 and 12 year olds visit chat rooms
Half of them visit adult chat rooms 1 in 5 children who go online are sexually exploited 61% of 13- to 17-year olds have a personal profile on a site such as MySpace or facebook Older teens (16-17) and girls especially use the internet for social interaction, meeting friends, and networking.
Statistics 71% reported receiving messages online from someone they don’t know 45% have been asked for personal information by someone they don’t know 30% have considered meeting someone that they’ve only talked to online 14% have actually met a person face-to-face that they’ve only spoken to over the internet (9% of 13-15’s; 22% of 16-17’s)
Internet Uses Email Chat rooms IM’ing
Social networking (myspace, facebook, club penguin) Web cams
Chat rooms A place online where people can chat in a large group.
Usually organized by categories or interests Private chat rooms may have only 2 or 3 people People feel anonymous and may write things they wouldn’t normally say.
Instant Messaging (IM’ing)
A form of instant communication on the computer Can IM with one or more people at a time Can create contact lists Ability to block people you don’t know or don’t want to communicate with.
Social Networking Sites
Facebook Myspace Club Penguin (Disney) Twitter
Social Networking Sites
Information is public Privacy settings Posting pictures on the sites Sharing passwords Protect personal information
Cyberbullying The use of internet or cell phones to bully others by rumors, gossip, posting pictures, or threats. Girls are twice as likely to be cyber-bullied than boys. Because there is not face to face contact, the bullying behavior can become more damaging then when done in person.
Cyberbullying www.adcouncil.org Click on Health and Safety
Click on Cyberbullying Click on “The Kitchen” Click on “The Talent Show”
Ways to Protect Your Child
Supervise/monitor their computer use Talk with your child about the dangers of the internet Keep personal information safe You don’t always know who is on the other end of the computer Whatever is posted online makes a digital footprint and it may never be deleted.
Go online together Go online with your child and ask them to show you the sites they go to and what they do online Help your child develop usernames that do not reveal their real name or any personal information (birthday, age, sex, etc.) Know what sites they are using Make sure they are not clearing the webpage history and check the history
Rules and Guidelines Develop computer use and rules
Set time limits (duration and time of day) Most inappropriate chat happens between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. when kids are unsupervised. Avoid chatting with strangers Must report to a parent any pornography or concerning chats/IM’s, etc. Create a computer use contract with your family
Monitor Computer Use Put your computer in a common area in your house (NEVER in a bedroom or unsupervised area) Visit websites your child has viewed Become familiar with how to navigate the internet Monitor cell phone use including calls, texts, and pictures
Learn the Lingo LOL – laughing out loud POS – parent over shoulder
L8R - later BBS – be back soon PIR – parent in room SN – screen name DIKU? – Do I know you? G2G – got to go IDK – I don’t know
Blocking programs Net nanny PC Tattletale Internet Filter Surfwatch
Safesurf X-stop Cyber Patrol
If your child is being harassed online…
Save a copy of the message If appropriate, report to the school and other parent(s) involved Report misconduct to your internet service provider (ISP) Make a report to CyberTipLine via If necessary, report to the police
Resources www.netsmartz.org www.netsmartz411.org www.ikeepsafe.org
– Click on Frontline to watch a video called Growing Up Online (approx. 60 minutes for adults)
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