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  • 1. Kid Safety on the Internet Jennifer Jahedkar Extension Information Technology [email_address]
  • 2. Kid Safety on the Internet
    • On the web, kids can learn about great things like ancient history, how to write an essay, or how to be a friend.
    • They can also learn about not so great things. And not so great people can find them.
    • But there’s nothing we can do about that. Or is there??
  • 3. Dangers
    • A 13-year-old Manchester Township girl was on her way to meet a man she met through MySpace at a train station when her grandfather found out and stopped her. The 38-year-old man she was to meet was arrested and found to be in possession of a child's train ticket, handcuffs, a knife, lubricant and condoms.
            • - Courrier News,,May 2006
    • A 23-year-old Pueblo man is being held after soliciting sex with children in an Internet chat room. The man allegedly posted a message asking to meet privately with children. An investigator posed as a 14-year old girl, and the man met her at a park and was apprehended. The man sought children age 14 and younger.
            • - San Pueblo Cheiftan, March 2005
  • 4. Statistics, tips, interviews…
    • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:
      • http://
      • http://
      • Child internet Safety Booklet and Teen internet Safety Booklet
    • CBS Video Series- GENTEC
    • Audio interviews:
      • Webcam safety Audio Interview with Ernie Allen, CEO of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
      • Blogging Risks : Larry Magid interviews John Shehan of CyberTipline on misuse of social-networking services like MySpace.
  • 5. What can we do
    • How can we protect children from the bad that’s lurking online??
      • There’s not an easy, foolproof way.
      • It’s an ongoing battle.
      • But there are tools that can raise our awareness and help us in the battle.
  • 6. Tools to help
    • filtering and monitoring programs can:
      • filter explicit content
      • log text chats
      • log sites visited and IM conversations
      • restrict internet access or access to a specific application (like IM) to a certain timeframe
        • like 7-9pm M–F and 12-2pm Sat.
  • 7. What can be done
    • Use a program to filter content, maintain logs, and cut off internet access at 10pm, the kids’ bedtime.
    • Reviewing programs:
      • Google “parental control software”
  • 8. Instant Messenger
    • Ask who they’re IM-ing, and have them say hi for you.
    • Create your own account to IM them, and see when they’re online.
    • Learn the IM language:
        • PAW (parents are watching); PIR (parents in room); PLOS ( Parents Looking Over Shoulder).
      • To learn more visit sites like and http:// /dictionary/full . Warning- some terms are not for the faint of heart.
  • 9. Overprotective?
    • Monitoring kids’ online activity may make you uncomfortable, and whether to do so or not is certainly your choice.
    • Kids are likely to say we parents are being overly suspicious and overprotective.
      • In our family it’s known that I can track what the kids do online…it’s a condition of them being online at all.
      • As parents, isn’t it our job to try to protect kids from bad things, on the street and on the web?
  • 10. Information about Internet safety & Parental Controls:
      • http:// /tools/   -Get Net Wise
      •  -IM Terms to Know
      • http:// / - Blog Safety
      • http:// / - Family Tech Talk http:// /   -Nat’l CyberSecurity Alliance