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  • 1866 - The Atlantic cable was established to carry instantaneous communications across the ocean for the first time. (first successful cable) 1958 - The US Department of Defense establishes the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). ( Sputnik - 1957) 1966 - ARPANET design planning 1970 - First cross-country link installed ( A dvanced R esearch P rojects A gency NET work) The research network funded by the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). The software was developed by Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN), and Honeywell 516 minicomputers were the first hardware used as packet switches. ARPAnet was launched in 1969 at four sites including two University of California campuses, the Stanford Research Institute and the University of Utah.
  • The Internet is a massive network of networks, a networking infrastructure. It connects millions of computers together globally, forming a network in which any computer can communicate with any other computer as long as they are both connected to the Internet. Information that travels over the Internet does so via a variety of languages known as protocols . WWW is The World Wide Web , or simply Web , is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. It is an information-sharing model that is built on top of the Internet. The Web uses the HTTP protocol, only one of the languages spoken over the Internet, to transmit data. Web services , which use HTTP to allow applications to communicate in order to exchange business logic, use the Web to share information . The Web also utilizes browsers , such as Internet Explorer or Firefox , to access Web documents called Web pages that are linked to each other via hyperlinks . Web documents also contain graphics, sounds, text and videos.
  • The internet is another way that students can collect information about topics for a project, essay or just for their own knowledge. We try to share with our students that you SHOULD use the internet, magazines, encyclopedias, and other media to get information for these purposes. You can gather so much-how can we discriminate what is useful and not? That is hard to do, but we as teachers in the classroom try to get kids to look beyond the first 2-3 entries when they “Google” a topic. Try for example www.mlk.org , which looks like a website that is about MLK and a great reference. As you look closer and further down the page, it is actually linked to a white supremacist group. Again, read all the fine print and make the right decision on what to use as a reference. When you research something, you aren’t just researching in NY, or even the US, you are reaching out to the world and asking them for their help. Make careful choices on what you accept as a “good” resource.
  • (give example of student who hung herself after becoming so distraught after she thought her online boyfriend was mad at her and broke up with her after negative information was posted about her). Megan Meier

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  • 1. “ Understanding Kids in a Digital World” A presentation on how kids use the Internet and what you can do to make the experience safer. Kelly Schermerhorn Model Schools Coordinator October 29, 2009
  • 2.
    • Welcome and Introduction Breaks Exits Copies of presentation More information?
  • 3. Brief History of the Internet
    • In the 1950s and early 1960s, prior to the widespread inter-networking that led to the Internet , most communication networks were limited by their nature to only allow communications between the stations on the network. Some networks had gateways or bridges between them, but these bridges were often limited or built specifically for a single use. One prevalent computer networking method was based on the central mainframe method, simply allowing its terminals to be connected.
    • The first ARPANET link was established between the University of California, Los Angeles and the Stanford Research Institute on 29 November 1969 . By 5 December 1969 , a 4-node network was connected by adding the University of Utah and the University of California, Santa Barbara . Building on ideas developed in ALOHA net , the ARPANET grew rapidly.
    • By 1973, they had soon worked out a reformulation, where the differences between network protocols were hidden by using a common internet work protocol , and instead of the network being responsible for reliability. At this time, the earliest known use of the term Internet was by Vinton Cerf.
  • 4.  
  • 5. What is the difference between the Internet and the WWW?
  • 6. Internet vs. WWW
    • Internet
    • The Internet is a massive network of networks, a networking infrastructure. It connects millions of computers together globally, forming a network in which any computer can communicate with any other computer as long as they are both connected to the Internet. Information that travels over the Internet does so via a variety of languages known as protocols .
    • WWW-world wide web
    • The World Wide Web , or simply Web , is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. It is an information-sharing model that is built on top of the Internet. The Web uses the HTTP protocol, only one of the languages spoken over the Internet, to transmit data. Web services, which use HTTP to allow applications to communicate in order to exchange business logic, use the Web to share information. The Web also utilizes browsers , such as Internet Explorer or Firefox , to access Web documents called Web pages that are linked to each other via hyperlinks . Web documents.
    • Also contain graphics, sounds, text and video and the Web is just one of the ways that information can be disseminated over the Internet.
    The Web is just a portion of the Internet, albeit a large portion, but the two terms are not synonymous and should not be confused.  
  • 7. Website Vs. Webpage?
    • Website : collection of web pages, images, videos or other digital assets hosted on a particular domain or sub domain on the www.
    • Webpage : a single page of a website commonly includes text, graphics and links to other web pages.
  • 8. So, what is popular?
    • MySpace (network)
    • Face book (network)
    • Xanga (blog/network)
    • Bebo (network)
    • Flickr (photo sharing)
    • Gaia online (anime)
    • Jaiku (owned by Google)
    • MyLOL (network)
    • Ning (network)
    • Twitter (network, micro blog, RSS)
  • 9. “ Face book can ruin your life, and so can MySpace, Bebo, etc”. See article
  • 10. Blog? IM?
    • Instant Messaging - Instant messaging (often abbreviated simply to IM) offers real-time communication and allows easy collaboration, which might be considered more akin to genuine conversation than email's "letter" format. In contrast to e-mail , the parties know whether the peer is available. Most systems allow the user to set an online status or away message so peers are notified when the user is available, busy, or away from the computer. On the other hand, people are not forced to reply immediately to incoming messages. For this reason, some people consider communication via instant messaging to be less intrusive than communication via phone .
    • Blogging- A blog (a word that fuses two or more words or word parts to give a combined or loaded new meaning of web log ) is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries . A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages , and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.
  • 11. Blogs
    • Edublogs.com
    • Blogs.com
    • Blogger.com
    • Blogspot.com
    • Technorati.com
    • Wordpress.com
    • C:Documents and SettingsKELLY.SCHERMERHORNMy Documents DVDVideoSoft (Common Craft-Blogs in Plain English)
  • 12. Instant Messaging (IM)
    • AIM
    • Yahoo
    • Instant Messenger
    • Pidgin
    • Trillian
    • Meebo
  • 13. Researching on the Internet
    • Use as many resources as you can-internet, books, magazines, encyclopedias, videos, etc.
    • Check a website’s authenticity-don’t just pick the first few sites about a chosen topic and believe that they are true; research them.
    • It has to be acceptable to you. Google yourself and find out how many other people have the same name as you and what their up to!
  • 14. Be skeptical of everything you read on the Internet…
    • Check privacy policies on sites that you frequent, like how they use your email.
    • Remember that the Internet is a public resource and is archived…FOREVER! (use www.archive.org ) check it out
    • Be wary of strangers misrepresenting themselves
    • Limit the amount of information that you post-don’t leave a trail of what you do, where you go, etc…
    • If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
  • 15. Cyberbullying
    • Think about when you were a kid…if you had issues with someone, you either spoke to them in person, whispered behind their back, wrote something in a note or you fought. It is still bullying but now, kids have been known to say mean, disrespectful and rude things about their peers on social networking sites, even getting some parents in on it.
  • 16. Problems and protection
    • Why has it become such a problem ? The fact that you can basically be anonymous is appealing to some bullies and tracing the activity is more difficult. Some also find it to be easier because there is no personal contact. Unfortunately though, any information that is posted online can be forwarded into mass emails that can reach a larger audience quicker than before. In addition, there is some evidence that this may be an early warning sign for more violent behavior.
  • 17. How can I help to protect my child? Limit the number of people who have access to your contact information or details -this may help in you not becoming a victim and identifying the bully if you are. It is easy to forget that there is another person on the receiving end of that message you send. Avoid retaliation in the situation-responding with hostility is likely to provoke and escalate the situation . Depending on the situation, consider ignoring the information. Often bullies thrive on your reaction. You could change your email address; if you continue to get email at your new address, you may have a stronger legal case. It is called “flaming” when you send a hurtful or mean email. It usually leads to responding without thinking and can get out of control. Document the activity -keep a record of online activity (email, web pages, IM’s, voicemails,etc) including dates and times. Also consider printing a copy. Report cyberbullying to the appropriate authorities- report to your law enforcement agency-there is a distinction between free speech and punishable offenses-let them make the decisions. Also, let the school know as they may have policies for dealing with activity that involves students.
  • 18. Safety tips
    • Centrally locate your computer
    • Discuss guidelines for usage
    • Use computer with your child
    • Consider monitoring software
    • Consider partitioning your hard drive
    • Know who their online friends are
    • Let your children know that they CAN come to you when needing advice or guidance without fear of punishment
  • 19. Final information
    • Go with your gut
    • Ask other people
    • Email/Call me with questions, comments, etc
    • Kelly Schermerhorn 479-6847
    • [email_address]
    • Feedback form