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Chat Room Safety

  1. 1. Chat Rooms Presentation by Ms. Osborne SIS Librarian
  2. 2. People online may not be who they seem to be!
  3. 3. Chat rooms are an area of the web where you need to be the most careful. It's easy to forget that you are in a public quot;placequot; & you don't necessarily know the true identity of anyone in the room.
  4. 4. Lose of Privacy
  5. 5. Never give out Private Information • Credit card numbers • School name • Pictures • Mother’s Maiden Name • Birthday • Last name • Address • Phone numbers • Social Security Numbers • Passwords
  6. 6. Who can see what you put online? • Your parents & grandparents • Friends & neighbors • Future spouse & in-laws • Future boss & friends • Future colleges
  7. 7. Be careful what you talk about • Be cautious when communicating with people you don’t know, especially if the conversation starts to be about sex or physical details. • Don’t lead them on - you don’t want to be the target of a predator’s grooming. • Stop, Block, and Tell
  8. 8. Stop, Block and Tell If you are targeted by a cyberbully: • STOP! Don't do anything. Take 5! to calm down. • Block! Block the cyberbully or limit all communications to those on your buddy list. • and Tell! Tell a trusted adult, you don't have to face this alone.
  9. 9. Victim vs. Perpetrator • Kids aren't just potential victims. They also can do things that can hurt other people. • This can range from being rude and obnoxious to committing crimes online.
  10. 10. • Anything you say about anyone can be viewed by people all over the world and can have a damaging effect on the person being talked about.
  11. 11. • You should never post anything about another person that could in any way harm that person. • That includes publishing names, addresses, or phone numbers of anyone you know.
  12. 12. Refrain from saying bad things about other people in public forums, even if you feel they are true, and even if you are angry with that person.
  13. 13. Data Cannot be Deleted • Only share information in chat rooms that you want everyone in the world to know about • Deleted pictures & information are NEVER gone and can be found years later • Google your name often
  14. 14. Posting Photos Never send your picture without first asking a parent. Why?
  15. 15. Internet Safety Tip • Never arrange a meeting without asking a parent. • If a parent agrees, you should meet in a public place with your parent accompanying you; NEVER ALONE
  16. 16. Inappropriate Messages Never respond to messages that are: Belligerent Suggestive Obscene Threatening Make you feel uncomfortable
  17. 17. How to Prevent Online Fights • Discuss ways to deal with anger. • It's not your fault if someone is rude, obnoxious, belligerent, or mean, • But do not respond to comments that are mean and provocative. • Stop, Block, and Tell
  18. 18. Online Fights • It's normal to sometimes get angry • If you express anger on the Internet it's sometimes difficult to resolve disputes. • You don't have the normal clues you get when you're with someone in person. • When people are communicating with text, or in writing, sarcasm and some humor can be insulting instead of funny.
  19. 19. Be Respectful Online • Avoid getting into online arguments / disagreements. • Speak your mind in forums, newsgroups, & chat sessions, but • Treat others with respect and try not to use words that could be offensive. • If you are using humor or sarcasm, you can sometimes avoid misunderstandings by using emoticons (smileys) that express emotions: A simple quot;:-)quot; (for quot;grinquot;) next to a statement can make all the difference.
  20. 20. Read between the “lines.” • It may be fun to check out new people for friendship or romance, but be aware that, while some people are nice, others act nice because they’re trying to get something. • Flattering or supportive messages may be more about manipulation than friendship or romance.
  21. 21. Chat warning signs… • “Let’s go private.” (leave the public chatroom and create a private chat or move to instant- messaging or phone texting) • “Where’s your computer in the house?” • “I know someone who can get you a modeling job.” • “I know a way you can earn money fast.” • “You seem sad. Tell me what’s bothering you.” • “What’s your phone number?” “You are the love of my life.”
  22. 22. How to Avoid Problems in Chat Rooms • Don’t go into unmoderated chat rooms. Only enter rooms run by a reputable company or organization that monitors activity. • Consider creating a quot;chatquot; screen name. This name would be one that is different than your e-mail address. This could help prevent unwanted Spam mail from coming to you. • Never give out personal information in a chat room. • Never agree to get together with anyone you meet in a chat room without first checking with your parents.
  23. 23. Behavior Checklist for Chat Rooms Inappropriate behavior in chat rooms: Bad language Sexual comments Cyberbullying Remember that people are not always who they seem to be. Be very careful about people who offer easy solutions to difficult problems or make offers that are quot;too good to be true.quot;
  24. 24. Works Cited • • • htm • •
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