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The net is a fun place to find information and play. Increasingly, it is an important place for today's youth. Let's look at some "tips and tricks" for having safe fun on the 'net.

The net is a fun place to find information and play. Increasingly, it is an important place for today's youth. Let's look at some "tips and tricks" for having safe fun on the 'net.

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  • 1. Internet Safety Being Careful is the Key By Mr. Breitsprecher
  • 2. Be Careful Online
    • Don’t give out:
      • Address
      • Phone number
      • City
    • Give out only limited, non-identifying info
    • NEVER open .exe files
  • 3. Meeting People Online
    • Others may not be truthful
    • May have different agendas
    • People can lie and act badly
    • Time online does not equal trust or understanding
  • 4. Use Caution
    • Experienced Internet users can track others
    • Not just friends home pages
    • The Web is cached and archived
    • People download files
    • Assume posted could be assessable FOREVER!
  • 5. Protect Your Computer
    • ALWAYS use virus protection (i.e. PC-cillin, Norton, McCaffee)
    • Install Firewall
    • Select items online, call “800” if available
    • Don’t leave computer connected online when not used
  • 6. Social Networks
    • Examples: Myspace, Facebook
    • Millions of users
    • Free to join and surf
    • Some problems, dangerous people
    • Relatively few incidents
    • Take steps to reduce risks
  • 7. On Social Networks
    • Don’t talk to strangers
    • Don’t post provocative content (pictures, comments, blog entries)
    • Don’t identify yourself or give personal information, location, or schedule
    • When available, use network’s safety suggestions and build in safety features
    • THINK! Use good judgment, be responsible for actions
  • 8. Internet and Youth
    • Internet connects youths with world and many resources
    • Helps make friends, socialize, feel connected
    • Safety is key
  • 9. Kids Use Differently
    • Most adults/parents email, look up information, seek news
    • Kids chat, play games, share music & pictures, watch & share video, share files
  • 10. Knowledge vrs Wisdom
    • Learning technology is important
    • Understanding responsible behavior is important
    • Youth need to learn both online
  • 11. Watch the 4-C’s
    • Inappropriate:
      • Contexts
      • Content
      • Contacts
      • Commerce
  • 12. Internet Usage
    • At school
      • Filtered,
      • Supervised,
      • Monitored
    • Goal: Ensure youth are safe wherever they use the net
  • 13. Instant Messaging
    • 76% of teens IM
    • 44% of adults IM
    • 69% of teens use at least 5 times per week
    • 40% of adults use at least 5 times per week
    Source: www.pewinternet.org
  • 14. Stay Safe
    • Don’t giving out full name, other identifiers
    • Never get together with someone you meet online
    • Be careful posting pictures; don’t use ones that identify you
    • Use services with control over “friends” and visitors
    • Don’t post things that could embarrass
    • Check blogs & comment sections regularly, delete comments as needed