Internet Safety: Dangerous People/Harmful Content


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    1. 1. Internet Safety Issues in School Dangerous People Harmful Content
    2. 2. Internet Predators & Pedophiles -People are not always truthful about their age, gender, interests, etc. - Youth may be more trusting and curious about online-relationships, thus are vulnerable to harm. - To prove how easy it was to find a teenager, a police officer found her information online and found her in person through seemingly insignificant pieces of information through a Google search. - Online chat rooms, posting pictures, or even subtle information about themselves leads students to be vulnerable to predators.
    3. 3. Exposure to Inappropriate Material <ul><li>Pornography, Sex Toys, & Sex-related Medications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Could encourage promiscuity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>De-sensitizes sex </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women portrayed as sexual objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessible to children on the “electronic newsstand,” just click “I agree that I am 18+ years.” </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Problems with Internet Filters <ul><li>They don’t do what they should do </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A computer filtered for pornography will not stop someone from finding it; it may take as little as 1-5 minutes. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They do things they shouldn’t </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Filters block helpful websites which may include attorneys, doctors, religious establishments, and police stations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Waste of Money </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses taxpayer dollars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Mandating filtering is like requiring the navy to purchase $3,000 screen doors to use as hatches on their submarines!” (Wolinsky) </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. STATISTICS <ul><li>59% of school technology decision makers reported inappropriate internet use such as online gaming, pornography, and hate and violence websites. </li></ul><ul><li>48% of schools expressed that students spend more than 2 hours at school each week online. </li></ul><ul><li>39% cite examples of students accessing pornography during school. </li></ul><ul><li>25% cite examples of students accessing violent content during school. </li></ul><ul><li>13% cite examples of students accessing hate sites. </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Internet is NOT a safe enough resource for schools <ul><ul><li>“ To be put quite simply, are you sure that your child is being watched very closely when accessing the Internet at school? It sure would be hard for one teacher to keep a close eye on each individual student in the classroom when they are all accessing the Internet at the same time. Therefore are you, as a parent or teacher, really quite sure that a computer is necessary to learn in school?” (Criss) </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Works Cited <ul><li>Berson, Michael J. “The Computer Can’t See You Blush.” Kappa Delta Pi Record , 36 no4, p. 158-62. Summer 2000. </li></ul><ul><li>Criss, Katie. “Disadvantages of Computers in the Classroom.” Accessed May 23, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Durham, Meenhakshi Gigi. “X-Rated America.” Chronicle of Higher Education , 55 no18. January, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Giffen, Maria. “Online Privacy.” Current Health , 34, no7, p. 8-11. March 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Survey on Inappropriate Internet Access in Schools.” Media & Methods , 41 no2 28. Summer 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>Wolinsky, Art. “Mandating the Wrong Filters.” Teacher Librarian , 29 no1. p. 26-27. October 2001 </li></ul>