Internet Safety for Parents


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Internet Safety for Parents

  1. 1. MySpace, and Facebook and Friendster! Oh My!What Parents Need to Know About Internet Safety
  2. 2. Who’s looking at your child’s information anyway?
  3. 3. Technology
  4. 4. What is it used for?• Posting videos • Instant Messaging• Posting photos • Blogging• Social Networks • Gaming (Facebook, MySpace) • Entertainment• Chat Rooms • Socializing Homework?
  5. 5. What’s the big deal?
  6. 6. 27% of employers have fired workers for misusing email or the 70% of U.S. job internet recruiters have rejected candidates based on their 43% of online teenagers reputations 38% of college admission have been officers found something victims of online that had a negative cyber impact on their evaluation bullying of a student 39% of teens say they have sent or posted sexually 51% of teens are concerned about what a potential suggestive (or current) employer might see about them online messagesSources: Microsoft
  7. 7. Safety TipsEstablish rules and guidelines for use of computers andrelated technology1. Include time limits2. Place them where everyone can see3. Include consequences and enforce consistently Internet Use Contract
  8. 8. Safety TipsKeep the computer in an open area and be awareof other computers and other devices childrenmay be using outside the home Realize that your child has access to the internet through their cell phone, iPad, iPod, Xbox and other devices
  9. 9. Safety TipsUse the Internet with your child and become familiar withyour child’s online activitiesKnowing what sites your child visits helps you understandthe risks they may face on the Internet
  10. 10. Safety TipsTake an active role in setting up Internet service accounts Periodically monitor accounts to supervise online friends, chat areas and blogs
  11. 11. Tips for Setting up Child’s• Use your own email address – this allows you to receive friend requests and other notifications• Don’t allow Facebook to choose “friends” for you –Add them based on your own preferences, including the fact that your child knows the person in real life• Be mindful of the profile picture your child uses Source:
  12. 12. Tips for Setting up Child’s• Be selective what information you include in the profile – Assume that everything is visible to others• Privacy Settings – Most are set by default to Everyone, change to Only Friends• Spend time on Facebook with your child discussing what’s appropriate to write or post• Use updates and photos posted by your child’s friends to talk about what you like or don’t like about them Source:
  13. 13. Safety Tips Use privacy settings to restrict access to the child’s website 1. Allows you to approve friends2. Allows you to block unknown people from viewing profile
  14. 14. Think Before you Post You must assume that ANYTHING you put onlinecould be seen by ANYONE at ANYTIME
  15. 15. Safety TipsSearch different websites to see what information yourchildren are postingParents can type in their child’sname, nickname, school, hobbies, grade or residence todetermine information availability
  16. 16. Know the type of photos your child is posting online Possible Consequences Unwanted attention Embarrassment/Humiliation Harassment Give away person’s location Trouble with school, police, etc.
  17. 17. Safety TipsDo you know what “geo-tagging” is?These devices capture a person’s physicallocation (GPS coordinates) when a picture istaken
  18. 18. Safety TipsMake sure your kids keep their personal informationpersonalChildren should never give out theirbirthday, address, phone number, or financial informationCertain information can be used to identify them or locatethem offline or make them susceptible to identity theft
  19. 19. Children should only post information that is appropriate for the entire publicWhat is posted on a website today may be harmful in the future
  20. 20. How is communication online different than face-to-face?People might say things they wouldn’tnormallyCan share things any time of the day ornightLikelihood of misunderstanding becauseyou can’t see the other person’s facialexpressions or hear their tone of voice 24
  21. 21. Have your child ask these questions before posting anything online What am I posting and where am I posting it? Who might see what I post? Is it harmful, harmless or something in between? Even if I don’t think it’s harmful to me, could it be to someone else? Do I know my friends feelings about what they want posted? 25
  22. 22. Have your child ask these questions before posting anything onlineWould I feel comfortable if someone posted it about me?What are possible consequences of sharing theinformation?How might the information affect mine or someone else’sreputation?Could the information be offensive to someone who sees it?What impact could it have on mine or someone else’sfuture? 26
  23. 23. Safety TipsChildren should never “friend” someone they met online -people are not always who they say they areVirtual strangers can lie about their identity while they areonline and it is impossible to verify their true identityYour child is also giving that person access to personalinformation; information that person can share withwhomever they want
  24. 24. What is Cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to deliberately harass, threaten, or intimidate someone. PROBLEMS1. More public, permanent and inescapable than traditional bullying2. Not always the kids we expect3. Crosses over between home and school
  25. 25. Prevention TechniquesRealize that online conversations are not privateAvoid sending messages when you’re angry – if yousay something you don’t mean, it’s hard to undoBe mindful of the way you treat others online – Treatothers the way you want to be treated Source: iSafe
  26. 26. Dealing with Cyberbullies Important Steps1. Don’t react (this is the bully’s goal)2. Don’t retaliate3. Block them from contacting or report them to website4. Save message(s)5. Tell trusted adult
  27. 27. Make sure that kids understand they need to tell an adult if:1. They are really upset or unsure of what to do2. They are also being bullied in real life3. They have been threatened or it appears to be a crime4. The person is sending/posting material that has or could damage reputation, friendships or future education and career opportunities5. The person is also bullying other students6. They tried to get them to stop but it didn’t work Source: N.E. Willard
  28. 28. Ways to Stop CyberbullyingTell them to stopIgnore them – Remove them from your buddies orfriends listHave your parents contact their parentsTalk to someone at schoolInvolve the police – Especially if it is a crime
  29. 29. RemindersInternet is NOT anonymous They could be suspended or even expelled from school Messages and pictures The police may get sent through the internet involved if it involves a or cell phones can be threat or other type of tracked down crime
  30. 30. Digital DramaSpreading negative or embarassinginfo (true, untrue or unknown) viatext, pic or video
  31. 31. Digital DramaWould it be okay if it were happeningoffline?Would you walk up to a group of peopleyou barely know and announce it?If not, why post it online?
  32. 32. Digital DramaWill spreading it come back tohaunt me?If you spread rumors, gossip orlies, someone will most likely return thefavorIs it harmless fun?May seem like it at the moment, but arandom comment now could have long-
  33. 33. Safety TipsInstall anti-virus softwareInstall anti-malware softwareKeep your operating system updated
  34. 34. Safety TipsConsider implementing parental control toolsKnow how to enable parental controls or restrictions on thedevices your child usesKnow how to enable parental controls on your computerand internet browserRemember, no program is a substitute for parentalsupervision
  35. 35. Monitoring Software
  36. 36. Safety Tips # 1 way to protect your child online = COMMUNICATE!Start at a very early age and talk with your child about being agood digital citizen and demonstrate what that means
  37. 37. Brent Maguire(618)
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