Online Privacy & Safety for Students By: Annabelle Moesch 9/10/2012
Examples of the dangers• Possible pornographic sites.. Absence of just one letter: a child types “Lego” but forgets the “O”• Over sharing of their person and personal lives.• Cyber Bulling• Identity Theft• Private Chat Rooms
Warning Signs• Your child may be in contact with an online predator if he or she: a) Becomes secretive about online activities b) Receives phone calls from people you do not know or makes calls to numbers that you do not recognize c) Receives gifts, mail, or packages from someone you do not know d) Withdraws from family and friends e) Changes screens or turns off computer when an adult enters a room f) You find that your child uses a seconddifferent on-line user name andor account. These are just a few warning signs to look for of online predators…
Ways to improve safety!• Using avatars instead of personal pictures.• Monitoring a childs online usage.• Bookmark the child’s favorite site for easy access…• Talking to children about the dangers of the internet.• Online protection tools for blocking sites• Filtering programs…• And many more ways for
Examples of Safety Efforts• There are 19 states with some type of Internet Safety Law created to protect their residents against cyber-criminal activities.• Project Our Children Act a) This new Internet Safety Law focused on protecting children from exploitation on the Internet. The new law requires the Attorney General to create a national level task force focusing on protecting children. This law includes both online child exploitation, and offline exploitation.• Pending Federal Legislation a) Currently a new bill working its way through the Congressional process. This new bill will provide full funding to law enforcement at both the state and federal level to fight cyber- criminals. This new bill is the section that will provide funding to the victims for top legal counsel.
Examples of Safety Efforts Cont..• Amazon’s New Kindle Fire Has Innovative Parental Control Options.• MetaCert Builds Tools to Block Adult sites on Networks and Devices. a) The company is about to release its own adult site free browser for the iPad called Olly.This is just a few actions taking place for the public!
Efforts of Safety In Schools• Filtering all Internet access. SmartFilter™ blocks: a) sexually explicit sites b) violent sites c) anonymizer sites d) inappropriate sites in languages other than English• CyberSmart! a) Common Sense Media has updated lessons and incorporated them into our free K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum.
Efforts for Safety in Schools Cont.• SafeSurf a) SafeSurf founded the Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS) allows adults to set passwords and levels for their children.• Safeeyes a) Safe Eyes is Mac, PC, and iOS compatible software that protects your family from harmful content and other dangers on the internet. Filters and Reports..Just a few Programs being used today.
Internet Safety At Home• To keep children from accessing sites that the parents find inappropriate, they can buy an internet program made by McAfee. a) This program allows the parents to note which web pages the child should not access and declines any attempt at one of the similar pages• Stay involved in the childs life a) Always keep your childs computer in an open area. b) Respect your childs privacy. c) Teach your child the responsible use of online resources. d) Educate yourself on the ins and outs of the Internet.Most of all…. COMMUNICATION!