In many ways the Internet is like a gigantic library; both have content to teach and entertain. And similar to the content in a library, not all Internet content is appropriate for children. Libraries create children’s and young adults’ sections in order to help youths (and their parents) identify which materials are appropriate for them. On the Internet, however, all of the content may be equally accessible; websites about ponies and websites featuring pornography are both a click away
Before your children use the Internet, you should talk to them about what content they are allowed to access. Above all, it’s important to open the lines of communication about online material that makes your child feel uncomfortable. Often, children are afraid to tell a parent or guardian about something they have seen because they are afraid that their Internet privileges will be taken away. The best solution is to openly discuss the situation before a problem arises.Know where children may have access to the Internet—at school, friends’ houses, community centers, or libraries—and where the computers may not have blocking and filtering mechanisms.Encourage your children to come to you or another trusted adult if he or she encounters inappropriate material.Install blocking, filtering, and monitoring software in order to block pop-ups, restrict access to sites with adult content, and see which sites your children visit.Discuss your family values with your children, and be clear about what online content aligns with those values.
Tech Boot Camp 10.3.11
Safe Searching and YouTube for Kids<br />Technology Boot Camp<br />Marsha Harris<br />Megan Howard<br />(and special guest, emerson)<br />
YouTube: Safety Mode <br />Gives users the option to choose not to see mature content that they may find offensive<br />Blocks videos with mature content or that have been age-restricted from appearing in video search, related videos, playlists, shows and films. <br />Uses community flagging to hide objectionable comments and porn-image detection to identify and hide inappropriate content. <br />Does not remove content from the site but keeps it off the page for users who opt in to Safety Mode<br />
YouTube: Why Safety Mode <br />Auto Fill (or) Auto Complete in YouTube<br />Multiple Browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Etc)<br />Collapsed Comments (words and links)<br />From “Barbie” to “Barbies” to “Barbies Today”<br />
Safe Searching at Trinity<br />School-wide: <br />Barracuda Web Filter – hardware<br />Instruction in Tech Lab and Classrooms <br />Sixth Grade Tablet PC:<br />Webroot – school-installed software which filters content from the cloud/internet to their personal computer. It follows them EVERYWHERE.<br />Instruction in Classrooms and Media Classes <br />
Monitoring/Filtering/Blocking Software<br />Blocks specific sites per your request<br />Tracks sites visited<br />Filters specific words/phrases<br />YouTube and Video Alert! It’s very difficult to filter VIDEO content without specific tags and/or comments attached to it.<br />
Filtering, Blocking and Monitoring<br />They don’t catch everything<br />They catch too much<br />Kids can defeat them<br />Kids resent them<br />They give you a false sense of security<br />They’re a form of censorship <br />There’s always a friend’s (or brother or sister’s) computer <br />
Proximity and Time<br />Ultimately YOU are in control of what your children are doing online!<br />Family Computer Location?<br />How long are they online? Some monitoring software can control this.<br />
Browsers and Search Engines for Kids<br />Browsers<br />KidZui<br />PicLuk<br />Kido’z<br />Search Engines<br />
Talk to Your Kids<br />Help kids find positive and safe sites<br />Kidzui (kid friendly search engine)<br />Don’t let your young children search alone<br />YOU are the best filter<br />Find the right filter<br />Net Nanny, CYBERsitter, and CyberPatrol all have good reviews<br />Set the content filters on your browser<br />Safari, Explorer, Firefox, Chrome<br />Set the content filters on your search engine<br />Google, Bing, Yahoo<br />
Google Safe Search<br />How to Enable Google SafeSearch Filter<br />1. Go to Google Search Preferences page.<br />2. In the SafeSearch Filtering section, choose the SafeSearch level you’d like to use:<br />Use strict filtering (Filter both explicit text and explicit images)<br />Use moderate filtering (Filter explicit images only – default behavior)<br />Do not filter my search results<br />3. Click “Save Preferences” at the bottom of the page.<br />
Virtual Trinity<br />Subscription Websites that require a username and password can be found on the Virtual Trinity section of Trinity’s website (www.trinityatl.org) <br />Visit Virtual Trinity on the web to utilize this great resource.<br />
Google Suggestions<br />http://www.google.com/familysafety/<br />
Now It’s Your Turn!<br />QUESTIONS? Comments? ideas?<br />Marsha Harris (email@example.com)<br />Megan Howard<br />(Mhoward@trinityatl.org) <br />
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