Formative Task - Safe Internet Usage

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Formative Task - Safe Internet Usage

  1. 1. Safe internet usage for young children & their parents Alexander Katzmaier Faculty of Science & Technology University of Central Lancashire
  2. 2. Rule 1 - Keep user names and profiles generic and anonymous <ul><li>Discuss the child’s online screen name, profile, and activities. Many provide too much personal information. Ensure all screen names and profiles are nonspecific. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Rule 2 - Avoid posting personal photos online <ul><li>Pictures can be altered to embarrass or humiliate. They also provide personal information that can help an Internet predator act familiar by pretending to know you, your children, and/or their friends. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rule 3 - Always keep private information private <ul><li>With just three pieces of personal information, specialized Internet search engines can be used to locate someone anywhere. Internet conversations should never include any personal information. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Rule 4 - Place the family computer in an open area <ul><li>A responsible adult should always accompany minors while they access the Internet to provide support and direction should they be confronted with an aggressive solicitation or inappropriate materials. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Rule 5 - Remind children that online “friends” are still strangers <ul><li>Predators trick their victims into believing that they have similar interests and groom children to desire a more intimate relationship. The reality is that online friends are still strangers, and your child can never be sure that the person is who he or she says. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Rule 6 - Respect children’s privacy <ul><li>Respect your child’s privacy, but make certain he or she knows everyone on his or her e-mail or instant messenger “Buddy” list. Work to generate parent and child trust that supports open and honest Internet use. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Rule 7 – Tell your parents if you feel uncomfortable or threatened <ul><li>If someone writes something rude or something you don't like tell your parent or another adult you trust. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Rule 8 - Be aware of phone calls or mail deliveries from unfamiliar persons <ul><li>Predators often call or send gifts to their potential victims in their process of grooming. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Rule 9 - Learn about the Internet <ul><li>The more you know about how the Internet works, the better prepared you are to teach your children about how online predators operate and what you can do together to identify and elude them. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Rule 10 - Do not download software, music or other files without parents’ permission <ul><li>The files can contain content which is not estimated. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Bibliography <ul><li>i-SAFE Inc (2006). http://xblock.isafe.org/docs/Eluding_Internet_Predators_Tip_Sheet.pdf (last accessed 18/02/2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Get Safe Online (2009). http://www.getsafeonline.org/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=1123 (last accessed 18/02/2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Willard , N. (2009). http://csriu.wordpress.com/ (last accessed 18/02/2009) </li></ul><ul><li>ACMA (2009). http://www.cybersmartkids.com.au/cyber-rules.htm (last accessed 18/02/2009) </li></ul>

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