Though music downloading can be a fast way to get new music, it can land a computer user in legal trouble if done illegally. Downloading music illegally can have a negative impact on the company that made the music, and many artists depend on royalties from the downloaded music. Even if illegally downloaded music was downloaded by a child your home, you could be legally liable for the music downloads . Getting the facts about downloading illegally can help you protect yourself online. On the next slide are some things about illegal music downloading...
Downloading music illegally is done using torrent programs and peer-to-peer (p2p) programs. The programs used to download music illegally can also be used as a legal means of distributing independent music, so the programs themselves are not by nature illegal. Ensuring that the copy of music a user downloads is legal is important to avoid lawsuits, jail time or fines. Purchasing music directly from the artist, at music stores or on reputable music sales sites can protect a user from accidental illegal downloads.
Music down loaders have a common misconception that they are not legally liable if they are just downloading or streaming the music, not distributing it. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), a user who downloads music he hasn't purchased is breaking the law, even if the user never distributes the music to anyone else.
Illegal music downloading can bring jail time and hefty fines. Under Federal law, down loaders can be fined up to $150,000 per music track. In 2009, a woman in Minnesota was fined $1.9 million dollars for downloading 24 tracks from the Internet. Also that year, four of the men who ran the downloading website "The Pirate Bay" were each sentenced to one year in jail for their role in making downloads available.
Habitual down-loaders should be aware of the true facts of the impact of illegal downloading on the people who make music. Downloading music illegally affects the income of everyone involved in making the recording. When an album is put together, in addition to the artists and songwriters, sound engineers, graphic designers, office staff and maintenance people all depend on record sales for their jobs. When an album is downloaded, the musicians do not get their entitled royalties and the record company is left with less money to invest in the future music.
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Your online profile can be viewed by anyone, including coaches, friends, strangers, and college admissions officers. Are you comfortable with what yours says about you? Does it have any personal information that could help someone come in contact with you?
Tips to a safe Profile
Block your page so that only friends can see it
Never put on any personal information (like your phone number or adress)
Never post exactly where you are
Never friend anyone you don't know
If a stranger sends you an email to your account don't reply and delete it right away
Never friend request people you don't know
If you follow these tips you are sure to have a fun time posting and chatting with friends on your profile while still being safe!
Do you know how to keep your kids safe while there on the internet? So many parents say "my child would never meet anyone from the Internet" but the reality is that so many kids are looking for something more then what they have. There usually looking for someone more who will give them more love ... more attention ... and when a stranger tells them how wonderful they are and how happy they can make them it doesn't matter how smart your kid is. They could still believe them.
Love Our Children USA offers you internet safety facts. Advice for parents and childcare givers to help keep your children surf serious, surf smart and surf safe. There you can find information on parental control software, keeping kids from visiting inappropriate websites and ensuring their use of appropriate monitored chatrooms. You can also learn about cyber bullying which is serious and on the rise! SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Go to... http://www.loveourchildrenusa.org/parent_cyberbullying.php oday!
A federal law, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), was made so it can help protect kids online. It was created to keep anyone from having or taking a child's personal information without a parent knowing about it and agreeing to it first.
COPPA requires websites to explain their privacy policies on the site and get parental consent before collecting or using a child's personal information, such as a name, address, phone number, or there Social Security number. The law also prohibits a site from requiring a child to provide more personal information than necessary to play a game or participate in a contest.
But even with this law, your kids' best online protection is you. By talking to them about potential online dangers and monitoring their computer use, you'll help them surf the Internet safely.
Have you ever gone online and seen a threat that was sent to someone else? Or to you? This is called a Cyber Threat. Cyber threats are when someone sends another person a message threatening to do something to them. Cyber threats are illegal and if you create you you can be arrested. To the side are some tips on what to do if you ever get or see a threat . . .
If you get a threat tell your parent right away
Have your parents report the threat(s) to the police right away!
Never reply to a threat
Never think little of a threat, the person could be serious
If they say they are going to do something to you at a certain place then avoid going there at all costs!
Chat rooms are virtual online rooms where chat sessions take place. They're set up according to interest or subject, such as favorite sport or TV show or sometimes they are just set up so a group of friends can chat. Because people can communicate with each other alone or in a group, char rooms are among the most popular destination on the internet. Especially for kids and teens But chat rooms can pose hazards for kids. Some kids have met "friends" in chat rooms who were interested in exploiting them. No one knows how common chat-room predators are, but pedophiles are known to frequent chat rooms.
These predators sometimes prod their online acquaintances to exchange personal information, such as addresses and phone numbers and what school they go to, there for putting the kids they are chatting with and their families at risk.
Pedophiles often pose as teenagers in chat rooms. Because many kids have been told by parents not to give out their home phone numbers, pedophiles may encourage kids to call them so that they can find out what there number is by there caller ID.
Warning signs of a child being targeted by an online predator include...
Pending long hours online, especially at night
Phone calls from people you don't know
Unsolicited gifts arriving in the mail
Suddenly turns off the computer when you walk into the room
Withdrawal from family life and reluctance to discuss online activities
30 Basic Ways to Stay Safe While on the Computer
Establish guidelines for Internet use with your parents or another adult. Before you go online, decide how much time is okay for you to spend on the Internet each day and figure out what you can and cannot do. After you get more familiar with the Internet, you and your parents can talk again and change the guidelines. Post them next to the computer for easy reference.
Don't share your password with anyone else.
Before you share any information about yourself on the Internet, get your parents' permission.
Double-check the URL (the address of the Web site) before hitting the Enter key. Make sure the spelling is right. This will help ensure you go to the site you want, and not some other place.
Check with your parents or another adult you trust before going into a chat room. Different chat rooms have different rules and different types of people going to them. You and your parents want to make sure it is an appropriate place for you before you enter.
If something you see or read online makes you uncomfortable, leave the site. Tell a parent or a teacher right away.
Never send a picture of yourself (or anything else) to someone in e-mail unless your parents say it is okay.
If you receive unwanted, offensive, mean, threatening, or harassing e-mail, do not respond to it. Tell your parents or another adult right away.
Remember: not everything you read on the Internet is true.
Don't give out your age without checking with your parents first.
Never give out your full name (first and last). Don't give out your first name without checking with your parents or another adult first.
Never give out your home address over the Internet.
Ask your parents or an adult before signing up for anything online.
Don't give out your credit card number (or anyone else's) without permission from a parent.
Remember, when you are online, what you do is up to you. Don't do anything you don't want to do.
Don't open files or e-mail from someone you don't know. You don't know what might be inside—the files could contain a computer virus or offensive material.
Keep the computer in a common space, like the family room, den, or living room.
Never agree to meet someone you met on the Internet in person without your parents' permission. You should never meet someone you met online alone. If you do set up a meeting with an online friend, meet in a public place and go with your parent or guardian.
Remember that any information you share about yourself can be seen by anyone who is online.
Don't give out your phone number.
Talk to your parents (or your teacher or another adult) about the kinds of places you go and things you do and see when you are online.
Pick a name—different from your real name—to use online.
Before you go into a public area, like a chat room or discussion forum, decide with your parents if it is okay to give out your e-mail address.
If someone online asks you too many personal questions, be suspicious. Stop talking with them.
Don't give out the name of your school.
Always remember that people online may not be who they say they are. It is very easy for people to pretend to be someone they are not.
Don't do things online that you wouldn't do in real life.
Be careful when someone offers you something for free, like gifts or money. You don't know what their motives are. Decline the offer and tell your parents.
Treat other people as you'd like to be treated. Never use bad language or send mean messages online.
The "off" button is always there. Use it if you need to. You don't have to stay online if you don't want to.
There has been a lot of technology created to help keep us safe! Listed below are some examples and how they help keep you safe...
-Block You Tube content, Blocks objectionable content, Monitor Social Networking
-Ethershield is a highly cost-effective solution for any organization looking for a hardware device to automatically filter their entire network. Connecting Ethershield to your network structure will automatically filter all computers wired in, but also your wireless network, so that any Internet-enabled device will be blocked from accessing inappropriate content.
Safe Eyes Mobile
-Keep it safe on the go with powerful Internet filtering on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
- This program you have to buy just like mircrsoft. You can get it at any office store. When you downloud this it also comes with a safe surfengine to keep your questions harm-free.
Yes! having correct safety could save peoples lives everyday. Here is an example of a girl who didn't follow internet safety and she ended up paying the consequences.
The Internet is good for meeting new friends, but people need to be extra careful when arranging to meet people in real life.
The Internet is a good creation, but unfortunately it also has dangers. Police have given a warning about using the Internet after a teenager was found dead in the Sedgefield area of County Durham. According to the independent.ie website, the 17-year-old who was recently murdered organized a date with a stranger she met on the Internet. Detectives are now trying to find the murderer and are interviewing a 32-year-old man in connection with the teenager's death. The girl's body was discovered in a woodland area on Monday.
You know how your parents always used to say don't talk to strangers? Well this is the same concept.Many teenagers friend and chat online with Facebook "friends" or other internet friends without even knowing them!
Never give them personal information (where you live, your name, etc...) because it could help them find you in the future
If they say rude things to you delete and or block them right away
Never Ever agree to meet a stranger if person
If they keep trying to get information out of you then delete and or block them
If you find out that they are more then 2 years older then you then delete and or block themJust make smart decisions!
Video Chatting can be WAY more dangerous than it seems! Here are some ways to protect yourself and others!
Before video chatting make sure that if you are chatting through a website such as gmail.com it is not being recorded. Talk to a parent/guardian and friends that have used the website to chat to find out more information about it!
When chatting or if you get a video chat request make sure you know who the person is before you accept it. If something seems suspicious when chatting tell someone.
Many people might think that chatting in a chat room is not dangerous at all! But it can be just as dangerous as any other thing on the computer:
When chatting be careful of what you type. Don't type anything about other people because that can be copied and pasted onto or into anything.
Also do NOT type ANY personal information, such as your school and address.
Do not post any pictures of yourself and others unless you have an adult's premission. It can also be into copied and pasted into or onto anything. It can also be photo shoped into or onto anything
User names can tell a lot about you without you knowing it. Hackers can figure out your gender, town,name and even your likes, and much more personal information just by chatting with you on a chat room or site .
web sites for children are not permitted to request personal information without a parent's permission. Talk to children about what personal information is and why you should never give it to people online.
if children use chat or e-mail, talk to them about never meeting in person with anyone they first "met" online.
talk to children about not responding to offensive or dangerous e-mail, chat, or other communications. Report any such communication to local law enforcement. Do not delete the offensive or dangerous e-mail; turn off the monitor, and contact local law enforcement.
keep the computer in the family room or another open area of your home.
get informed about computers and the Internet. Visit the resources section to find additional information on Internet safety.
let children show you what they can do online, and visit their favorite sites.
have children use child-friendly search engines when completing homework.
know who children are exchanging e-mail with, and only let them use chat areas when you can supervise. NetSmartz recommends limiting chatroom access to child-friendly chat sites.
be aware of any other computers your child may be using.
Internet accounts should be in the parent's name with parents having the primary screenname, controlling passwords, and using blocking and/or filtering devices.
children should not complete a profile for a service provider and children's screennames should be nondescript so as not to identify that the user is a child.
talk to children about what to do if they see something that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. Show them how to turn off the monitor and emphasize that it's not their fault if they see something upsetting. Remind children to tell a trusted adult if they see something that bothers them online.
consider using filtering or monitoring software for your computer. Filtering products that use whitelisting, which only allows a child access to a preapproved list of sites, are recommended for children in this age group. NetSmartz does not advocate using filters only; education is a key part of prevention. Visit the resources section for web sites that provide information on filtering or blocking software.
look into safeguarding programs or options your online service provider might offer. These may include monitoring or filtering capabilities.
* Many times it is tempting to just go on the internet and search things that you want to know more information about. But the thing is, when you do this most of the time you won't know if the information you are receiving is a true fact, or if it's completely made up information.Some information is even made up just to have a laugh! If you do go on to a search site like goggle.com or ask.com. Make sure you check the information that you are getting and make sure that the website you are using isn't just a website made up by a bunch of kids just having fun.
Many kids get bullied over the computer. To help prevent it you first have to know what it is. Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others.Due to this many kids have committed suicide. This is just another way that the internet can be unsafe.
What to do if you are being cyber-bullied
Tell an adult right away
If you are being threatened have your parents alert the police
Never respond to the messages
Block the person or people right away
If you are being cyber-bullied never listen to what is being said to you. Remember you aren't alone.
At least three children between the ages of 12 and 13 have committed suicide due to depression brought on by cyber-bullying, according to reports by USA Today and the Baltimore Examiner. These would include the suicide of Ryan Halligan and the suicide of Megan Meier , the latter of which resulted in United States v. Lori Drew .
Kids who have committed suicide due to cyber-bullying
Name:Megan Meiers Age:13
Name: Phoebe Prince Age:15
Go to this link to see a CBS News video on both of these suicides
It can be really hard to figure out what is personal and what is not.
Some things you should NEVER share are your school/work, address, what you look like, your full name, your friends names, how old you are, your phone number and lots more! That might sound like a lot, but there are also many things you CAN share, such as your favorite color, favorite food, video games you like to play, and many more.
When you are on the internet you never know when someone might be watching you.
You never know who your talking to on the internet. They might not even be human!
All of these things that we talked about in our slideshow are important points on staying safe when on the computer. If you follow these tips and make sure you tell you parents if anything goes wrong. Then your sure to be safe when your surfing the web.
Created by Hershey Middle School Students Brynn Frew, Sarah McDanolds and Alyshia Moyer (listed in alphabetical order by last name)
REMEMBER It can be VERY tempting to type what your not supposed to. But you can stop yourself. Just think of all the consequences that can come from what you say if you do what you are about to do. Think of all the children who committed suicide because of cyber bullying. Think before you type. Do you want this to happen to you?