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  • 1. Protecting your child from online pornography and predators Matthew Irvine Information Technology Manager and Director of Communication
  • 2. Statements of Belief
    • I believe that the Internet is mostly good
    • I believe that the bad stuff on the Internet has been around in our world forever
    • I also believe that it has never been easier to find those things than it is now
    • I believe that every parent needs to know the risks of the Internet and modern technology
    • I still believe the Internet is mostly good
  • 3.  
  • 4. Getting Informed
    • Web 2.0 - “Users add value”
    • Social Networks – examples include YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Webkinz, Club Penguin, Linked In, etc
    • Mobile Social Networking
    • Gaming
    • The Web is as much relational as it is informational
  • 5. Social Statistics
    • Facebook
      • More than 175 million active users
      • More than 3 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day
      • More than 850 million photos uploaded to the site each month
    • MySpace
      • More than 130 million active users
      • 1 in 4 Americans are on MySpace
    • YouTube
      • Every minute, ten hours of video is uploaded to YouTube
  • 6. Average age of first exposure
  • 7. Average age of first exposure
  • 8. Average age of first exposure
  • 9. Average age of first exposure
  • 10. Average age of first exposure
  • 11. Six Risks Children Face Online
    • Accessing information that is inappropriate for them (porn, violence, etc)
    • Accessing information, doing things, and purchasing products that might be dangerous to them (bomb building, alcohol, gambling, etc)
    • They can be cyberbullied, stalked and harassed by people
    • They can give up important and private information
  • 12. Six Risks Children Face Online
    • They can be scammed or defrauded when they buy things online
    • They can be lured by cyberpredators who want to meet them face-to-face or exploit them sexually online
  • 13. Startling Statistics
    • Pornography
      • Combined revenue of ABC, CBS, and NBC
      • Combined revenue of NFL, NBA, and MLB
    • Predators
      • 77% of youths are contacted by online predators by age 14.
    • Peers
      • Cyber or Net Bullies
      • Sexting
  • 14. Avenues
    • Social Networking (Facebook, MySpace, etc)
    • Online Gaming (X-Box Live, etc)
    • Peer-to-Peer (LimeWire, BearShare, etc)
    • Instant Messaging (AIM, MSN Messenger, etc)
    • Online Classifieds (Craigslist, MySpace, etc)
    • Blogs (Blogger, Xanga, etc)
  • 15. Family Game Plan
    • Keep the lines of communication open
    • Supervise computer use and other Internet-enabled devices, and keep your child's computer in an open area of your home
    • Teach your children how to protect personal information posted online
      • Personal/contact info only with parental consent
      • Intimate personal information, like a journal never shared or only by email with trusted friend
      • Reputation-damaging info/photos should never be sent
      • Event information – do not post what parties or events you will be attending
  • 16. Family Game Plan
    • Teach your child to use privacy settings to protect their profile
    • Check up on your kids to see what they are posting
    • Supervise the types of photos your kids are uploading
    • Discourage the use of webcams
    • Know your child’s online activities and friends
    • Instruct your child never to plan a face-to-face meeting
  • 17. Family Game Plan
    • Teach your children to never open, read or respond to messages from a cyberbully
    • Establish online rules and an agreement with your children about Internet use at home and outside the home
    • Use a good Internet filter at home
  • 18. Internet filters
    • Net Nanny
    • Safe Eyes
    • CyberSITTER
    • CyberPatrol
    • Covenant Eyes
    • No filter will stop 100%
  • 19. Mobile Filters
    • AT&T Wireless
      • MEdia Net Content Filtering (free)
      • Smart Limits ($4.99/month)
    • Verizon Wireless
      • Content filtering (free)
      • Usage controls ($4.99/month)
      • Chaperone ($9.99/month)
    • T-Mobile and Sprint
      • Parental controls and filtering (free)
  • 20. Bottom Line
    • Take time and teach your children
      • Teach them a Biblical worldview – use Biblical truth to help them interpret their experiences
      • Ask the right questions
    • Promised Land
      • Don’t let your child miss out on God’s promises and their purpose
  • 21. Protecting your child from online pornography and predators Matthew Irvine Information Technology Manager and Director of Communication