How Safe Are Our Children On the Internet By Stephen Wright
What Are the Dangers• Pornography• Predators• Cyber Bullying• Viruses• Social Networking
Pornography• 60% of all websites are pornographic• 1 in 4 children who use the Internet regularly, will be exposed to unwanted sexual material
Predators• Pedophiles represent the most dangerous aspect of the Internet• one in five children age 10-17 who regularly use the Internet have received a sexual solicitation• Chat rooms and instant messages are two main tools pedophiles use to contact children
Cyber Bullying• Cyber bullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person.• One in three teens have been the victims of cyber bullying• Severe cyber bullying can leave victims at greater risk for anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders.
Viruses• Malicious programs include worms, macros, phishing, spam, and rootkits.• These programs are designed to disrupt your computer, steel information and identities.• Viruses can give hackers unwanted assess to you computer.
Social Networking• Parents my feel a false sence of security when they see who their kids are friending on line.• But that – Doesnt reveal key details about your childs friends – Forces you to wade through hours of teenaged gossip – May actually embarrass your child, even if youre well intentioned!
Strategies for Safe Internet Use• Many internet providers offer child safe sites that will – Find out where your child has online accounts – Know who your child is "friends" with online – Get notified if your child posts about violence, suicide or drugs – See photos posted by or tagged with your child
Strategies for Safe Internet Use• Be aware of what your children are doing online• Look for changes in moods such as depression• Keep firewalls in place and have good anti virus software.• Don’t be afraid to limit access• Keep informed on internet issues.
References• Clear Traffic http://www.cleartraffic.com/keeping-kids- safe.htm• Kid Health http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/cyb erbullying.html#• COMPUTER VIRUSES by Markus Hanhisalo http://www.tml.tkk.fi/Opinnot/Tik- 110.501/1997/viruses.html
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