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  1. 1. Does Restricting Online Information Protect Children? By: Kinga Ciejka
  2. 2. <ul><li>Children tend to use computers more often than adults and they may lack the real-life experience to identify malicious internet or behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Children present security risks when they use a computer—because not only do you as a parent have to keep them safe, you have to protect the data on your computer. </li></ul>Why is computer abuse such a big threat to children?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Exposure to inappropriate images or content. </li></ul><ul><li>Solicitation by sexual predators in chat rooms and by email. </li></ul><ul><li>Online bullying or harassment. </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy of software, music or video. </li></ul><ul><li>Disclosure of personal information. </li></ul><ul><li>Spyware and viruses. </li></ul><ul><li>Illegal downloads, such as copyright-protected music files, games or movies </li></ul>What are some risks?
  4. 4. <ul><li>Never give out your name, address or telephone number to anybody online. </li></ul><ul><li>Never buy anything online. </li></ul><ul><li>If you see anything online that makes you feel uneasy, talk to your parents. </li></ul><ul><li>If you receive any messages from people you don’t know, tell your parents right away. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not post photographs of yourself or your family online. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use chat rooms. </li></ul><ul><li>When using MSN or a community website like Facebook, don’t accept friend invitations from anyone you don’t know. </li></ul><ul><li>If you receive an email with an attachment, never open it. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t click on pop-up adverts, even if they promise a free gift! </li></ul><ul><li>Never, arrange to meet anyone you have only spoken to online . </li></ul>What can children do to protect themselves?
  5. 5. <ul><li>When I have children in the future I do plan on installing filtering software that will protect my children on a daily basis. </li></ul><ul><li>I will also use software tools that will help filter out sexual images, monitor my child's online activity and also block the ability to send out personal information. </li></ul><ul><li>I will also try to subscribe to a </li></ul><ul><li>filtered server, and protect my </li></ul><ul><li>children in any way possible </li></ul>When you have children in the future, will you install filtering software?
  6. 6. <ul><li>In my opinion, this all depends on where the child uses the computer. </li></ul><ul><li>If the child uses the computer at home, then I think the parents should decide what sites should be blocked and take action. </li></ul><ul><li>If the child is at school, the principal and the librarians should decide what is school appropriate and what should be blocked. </li></ul><ul><li>If the child is anywhere else it is the </li></ul><ul><li>parents responsibility to educate the </li></ul><ul><li>child about dangerous sites. </li></ul>Who should decide what sites should be blocked?
  7. 7. <ul><li>Congress wants to protect children who may be exposed to sexual predators while they're in a Web chat room with friends, or who may be preyed upon. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>ONLINE SEXUAL PREDATORS </li></ul><ul><li>Currently, there are over 600,000 Registered Sex Offenders in the United States; an estimated 150,000 have been lost in the system (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>The predominant sex crime scenario doesn't involve violence or stranger molesters posing online as children; only 5 percent of offenders concealed the fact they were adults from their victims. Almost 80 percent of offenders were explicit about their intentions with youth. In 73 percent of crimes, youth go to meet the offender on multiple occasions for multiple sexual encounters (NJOV Study, 2007). </li></ul><ul><li>Teens are willing to meet with strangers: 16 percent of teens considered meeting someone they've only talked to online and 8 percent have actually met someone they only knew online (Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later. 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>Four percent of all youth Internet users received aggressive sexual solicitations, which threatened to spill over into &quot;real life&quot;. These solicitors asked to meet the youth in person, called them on the telephone, or sent offline mail, money, or gifts. Also 4 percent of youth Internet users had distressing sexual solicitations that left them feeling upset of extremely afraid (Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later, 2006). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Restricting Online Information Does Protect Children On An Everyday Basis.