More than half the kids i-SAFE surveyed stated that they were being harassed and hurt by cyber speech. If over half of students experience these conditions while at their school, it would be a crisis in the educational environment & authorities would take action. That it happens on the Internet does not diminish its destructive impact on our children. Cyber Bullying is a serious social problem that needs to be addressed by parents.
Internet safety for parents
Internet Safety for Parents: What They
Need to Know
Top Resources for Internet Safety
Internet Safety Laws
• A federal law, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), was
created to help protect kids online. It's designed to keep anyone from obtaining
a child's personal information without a parent knowing about it and agreeing to
• COPPA requires websites to explain their privacy policies on the site and get
parental consent before collecting or using a child's personal information, such
as a name, address, phone number, or Social Security number. The law also
prohibits a site from requiring a child to provide more personal information than
necessary to play a game or participate in a contest.
• But even with this law, your kids' best online protection is you. By talking to
them about potential online dangers and monitoring their computer use, you'll
help them surf the Internet safely.
The Internet has changed our world in a very small amount of time.
Knowledge is Power
• Check out http://www.familywatchdog.us
• This site allows you to locate registered child molesters
and violent sex crime felons and their locations to your
home, neighborhoods and school.
The sad facts about sex offenses and those
that perpetrate them.
• 1 of 5 girls will be sexually molested before her 18th birthday.
• 1 of 6 boys will be sexually molested before his 18th birthday.
• 1 of 5 children have been propositioned for sex over the Internet.
• 2 of 3 sexual abuses are perpetrated against teenagers or younger
• 90% of sexual assaults are committed against someone the perpetrator
• The median age for female molestation victims under 18 is 9.8 years old.
• The median age for male molestation victims under 18 is 9.6 years old.
• There are new 400,000 victims of sexual assault every year.
• There are over 550,000 registered sex offenders in the US.
• There are over 100,000 sex offenders that fail to register in the US.
• 76% of serial rapists claim they were molested as children.
• Over 40% of male juvenile delinquents were molested as children.
Common Text Language
• 143: I love you
• ASL: age/sex/location
• BF: boyfriend
• BRB: be right back
• BTW: by the way
• EMA: what is your email address
• F2f: face to face
• GF: girlfriend
• IDK: I don’t know
• IMO: in my opinion
• IRL: in real life
• ISS: I said so
• JK: just kidding
• K: okay
• KIT: keep in touch
• LDR: long distance relationship
• LMIRL: let’s meet in real life
• LSV: language, sex and violence
• M/F: male or female
• N/P: no problem
• NTK: nice to know
• OTP: on the phone
• 9: parent in room
• 99: parent gone
• P911: my parents are coming
• PA: parent alert
• PAL: parents are listening
• PANB: parents are nearby
• PAW: parents are watching
• PDA: public display of affection
• PIR: parent in room
• POS: parent over shoulder
• S2R: send to receive
• THX: thanks
• TTYL: talk to you later
• TY: thank you
• WTGP: want to go private?
• 86: over
Text Messaging Dictionary
Protecting Your Child
Their Digital Footprint
What is your Digital Footprint?
A byte is equal to 8 bits. Large amounts of memory are indicated in terms
of kilobytes (1,024 bytes), megabytes (1,048,576 bytes), and
gigabytes (1,073,741,824 bytes).
2010 Most Popular Social Networks
• Facebook with 133,623,529 unique
• MySpace with 50,615,444 unique
• Twitter with 23,573,178 unique visits.
• Linkedin with 15,475,890 unique visits.
• Classmates with 14,613,381 unique
• MyLife with 8,736,352 unique visits.
• Ning with 6,120,667 unique visits.
• LiveJournal with 3,834,155 unique
• Tagged with 3,800,325 unique visits.
• Last.fm with 3,473,978 unique visits.
Help Your Kids Socialize Safely Online
Tips for using these sites safely:
• In some circumstances, the Children's Online Privacy
Protection Act and Rule require social networking sites
to get parental consent before they collect, maintain, or
use personal information from children under age 13.
• Keep the computer in an open area, like the kitchen or
family room, so you can keep an eye on where your kids are
online and what they're doing.
• Use the Internet with your kids. Be open to learning about
the technology so you can keep up with them.
• Talk to your kids about their online habits. If they use
social networking sites, tell them why it's important to keep
information like their name, Social Security number,
address, phone number, and family financial information —
like bank or credit card account numbers — to themselves.
Remind them that they should not share that information
about other people in the family or about their friends,
Your children should be cautious about sharing other
information too, like the name of their school, sports teams,
clubs, where they work or hang out, or any other information
that could be used to identify them or locate them offline.
• Make sure your kids' screen names don't say too much
about them. Explain why it's inappropriate — even
dangerous — to use their full name, age, or hometown.
Even if your kids think their screen name makes them
anonymous, it doesn't take a genius to combine clues to
figure out who your kids are and where they can be found.
• Use privacy settings to restrict who can access and
post on your child's website. You may approve of their
friends from school, clubs, teams, community groups, or
your family being able to view your kids' website, but not
strangers from a neighboring town or school.
• Your kids should post only information that you —
and they — are comfortable with others seeing —
and knowing. Many people can see their page,
including their teachers, the police, a college admissions
officer, or a potential employer.
• Remind your kids that once they post information
online, they can't take it back. Even if they delete the
information from a site, older versions exist on other
• Warn your kids about the dangers of flirting with
strangers online. Because some people lie online
about who they really are, no one ever really knows who
they're dealing with.
• Tell your children to trust their gut if they have
suspicions. If they feel threatened by someone or
uncomfortable because of something online, they need
to tell you and then report it to the police and the social
networking site. You could end up preventing someone
else from becoming a victim.
• If you're concerned that your child is engaging in
risky online behavior, you can search the blog sites
they visit to see what information they're posting. Try
searching by their name, nickname, school, hobbies,
grade, or area where you live.
• Check site privacy policies. Some sites may share
information like your child's email address with other
companies, which could generate spam and even
spyware on the family computer. Sites' privacy policies
or other posted links for parents also may contain
contact information for you to ask about your child's
What Can Be Done With Basic
1. How common a name?
2. Get basic information
about person, work,
affiliations, family, etc.
3. Check to see if listed to
see other names and
4. Get address, birthday,
email, satellite picture of
5. Digital White Pages and
First rule of smart surfing?
• First rule of smart surfing?Remain as anonymous as possible. That means keeping all private
information private. Here are some examples of private information
that you should never give out on the Internet:
• full name
• home address
• phone number
• Social Security number
• names of family members
• credit card numbers
Most credible people and companies will never ask for this type of
information online. So if someone does, it's a red flag that they may
be up to no good.