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Protecting Your Kids From Offensive Internet Material


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  • In the past 10 years we have seen an interesting computer transformation:
    PCs are not just for number crunching, office work or games,
    they connect us with the rest of the world and lots of information sites…
  • How to grow Marijuana
    How to commit suicide
  • What some cultures might considered offensive, others consider common practice.
    Example: Latin men are very vocal towards women. American women are more outspoken than Latin women.
  • YOUR background and culture influences what is permissible.
    Examples: in Uruguay, under military regime it was prohibited to have public displays of affection;
    miniskirts or small bikinis were prohibited under decency laws. NY prohibited women from displaying
    naked breasts, so showing 1 naked breast at a time was legal. In Spain, during Franco’s regime, all sexual
    literature was prohibited; after Franco, all sexual literature was publicly displayed (“el destape”)
  • Which form do offensive materials take?
  • Which Internet technologies (programs) provide the OFFENSIVE material so kids can find them.
  • This site CLAIMS it has CLEAN jokes!!! Many are sexually explicit and strong language!!!
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    • 2. Agenda • Introduction • Offensive • Internet methods • Protection • Q & A
    • 3. Traditional & New Media • TV • Magazines • Movies • Video rental • Internet • CENSORED • CENSORED • CENSORED • CENSORED • UNCENSORED!!!
    • 4. Internet Dangers • NOT just sexual material or predators • Wrong information can also be considered dangerous • Impressionable minds might confuse fiction with reality
    • 5. What is offensive? • Porn (or any sex-related material) • Drugs/Smoking • Violence/Gore/Hate/Suicide • Racist/Ethnic/Tasteless jokes • Adult humor/Pranks/Language • Gambling/Dating offers
    • 6. Cultural Issues • Age: kinder, primary, secondary • Gender • Social status • Religion • Education • Government
    • 7. State of the Internet
    • 8. Distribution Media • Text – Jokes – Web pages or URLs • Multimedia: – Pictures or Audio – Animations or Movies – Office documents (PPS)
    • 9. Distribution Methods • Email • Pop-ups on web browser • Peer to Peer (P2P) ex. Kazaa • Instant Messenger (Chat rooms) • News Servers, Internet Relay Chat (IRC) • Search Engines – Google example: • 225,000,000 for sex • 25,000,000 for sex with “Safe Search”
    • 10. Example: Funny videos, flash games, clean jokes, clean humor, hilarious flash, funny pics, office humor, prank phone calls, flash cartoons, funny animation, optical illusions, parody NOT TRUE!!! Many sexually explicit animations and ADULT language!
    • 11. Protection • Parent or • Internet Service Provider – AOL's Parental Controls allow parents to designate different levels of access for each child – Many ISPs offer similar services or discounted software
    • 12. Parental Protection Since there is NO 100% Protection: • Set many Layers of protection! • Wired or wireless access • Operating system controls • Application controls • Other Security products (electronic guardians)
    • 13. Protection: Simple Steps All or nothing • Physical – Is Internet always on? -> unplug or lock • Logical – Is Gateway password protected? • User based – Deny Internet access to kids • AOL Parental controls • Operating System access control
    • 14. Protection: Manual • Application Based – Internet Explorer or Netscape use Content Advisor (SafeSurf ratings) • – Outlook can be enabled to filter out : • On the Tools menu, click Organise. • Click Junk E-Mail. • Specify the folder where you want to move unwanted messages: • Click Turn On to enable the feature. • Click the down arrow to the left of Adult content messages, and click move on the list.
    • 15. ICRA at a glance • The Internet Content Rating Association is an international, independent organization that empowers the public, especially parents, to make informed decisions about electronic media by means of the open and objective labelling of content. ICRA's dual aims are to: – protect children from potentially harmful material; and, – to protect free speech on the internet.
    • 16. Search Engines • – Google's SafeSearch blocks web pages containing explicit sexual content from appearing in search results • – The web Guide for Kids
    • 17. Extra Controls • Content filters – Net Nanny, Familykeys, Cyber • Electronic guardians – Privacy – Spyware • Pop up blocker
    • 18. Internet Security • Multiple Protection Layers: – Norton Internet Security • – McAfee Internet Security Suite • pkgid=144&cid=11626 – Zone Alarm Security Suite •
    • 19. Safety Rules • You are the parent and/or guardian, so you have to be involved • Get your kid involved! – Sign a commitment letter – Get Internet Safety education – Respect home rules
    • 20. Kids Top 10 Rules For Staying Safe • Never give out identifying information such as your address, phone number, school name, town, etc. in chat rooms, forums, forms or questionnaires. • Never agree to meet anyone in person that you have met online. • Never reply to any email, chat messages, or forum items that make you feel uncomfortable.
    • 21. Kids Top 10 Rules For Staying Safe • Never send information or pictures to anyone over the Internet that you do not know. • Never give your password to anyone except your parents, no matter who they say they are. • Be aware that people may not be who they say they are. Someone who says she is a 10-year old girl may really be an older man.
    • 22. Kids Top 10 Rules For Staying Safe • Never click on links in emails from people you don't know. • Don't order anything or give anyone credit card information without your parent's permission. • Always tell your parents if someone upsets you or makes you uncomfortable. • Always follow your parents' rules regarding computer use.
    • 23. QUESTIONS??? http://ISN