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3Rs of Internet Safety: Rights, Responsibilities and Risk Management


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This is not your tired old Internet Safety lecture, but a presentation by CEO Larry Magid that emphasizes youth rights as well as responsibliities and the importance of media literacy

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3Rs of Internet Safety: Rights, Responsibilities and Risk Management

  1. 1. “3 Rs” of Internet Safety: Rights, Responsibilities and Risk Management Larry Magid (not pictured above) CEO, Founder,
  2. 2. NOT THAT TIRED OLD INTERNET SAFETY LECTURE • We know, you’ve heard lots of Internet safety lectures, but this is (at least somewhat) different. • In many ways, the Internet is safer than the physical world • People tend to focus on the wrong risks • Youth have rights as well as responsibilities • There are risks but they can be managed • Adults need to respect young people and their rights
  4. 4. . Sometimes we focus on the wrong risks WHAT’S MOST SCARY MIGHT NOT BE MOST DANGEROUS Illustrations from Washington Post based on data from Centers for Disease Control (
  5. 5. AFTER 9/11, FLYING WAS “DANGEROUS” So people drove more and deaths per passenger mile went up
  6. 6. SOME PARENTS FEAR INOCULATIONS Which means fewer kids are protected against preventable diseases
  7. 7. FEAR CAN PARALYZE And lead to irrational decisions
  9. 9. WHAT ARE THE RISKS? • Harassment and bullying • Posting material that could harm your reputation • Security • Privacy • Legal and financial risks • Exposure to inappropriate or unwanted material • Online predators and physical molestation
  10. 10. RISE OF THE WEB & VICTIMIZATION OF CHILDREN Blue line represents 58% decline in child sex abuse from 1992 to 2008. Source: Updated Trends in Child Maltreatment, 2008: Finkelhor, Jones and Shattuck: Crimes Against Children Research Center Sex crimes reported to police and child welfare authorities and sex crimes self- reported by victims are down Fewer teen pregnancies and births for 15-17 year olds Teen suicide down Percentage of kids engaged in extra- curricular activities up Source: The Internet, Youth Safety and the Problem of “Juvenoia” by David Finkelor, director of Crimes Against Children Research Center
  11. 11. INTERNET PREDATORS…  It’s very rare  Very few (<5%) predators pose online as kids  Much higher risk from people the child knows  Still, precautions are in order  Concern should be based on how people act, not who they are or where you meet them Predator panic subsided, but then came ….
  13. 13. IT’S A PROBLEM, NOT AN EPIDEMIC Chart: Cox Communications Teen Online & Wireless Safety Survey Data is not consistent but the consensus is that about 20% of kids experienced cyberbullying
  14. 14. In a 2013 nationwide survey, ‘ • 20% of high school students reported being bullied on school property in the 12 months preceding the • An estimated 15% of high school students reported in 2013 that they were bullied electronically in the 12 months before the • During the 2012-2013 school year, 8% of public school students ages 12-18 reported being bullied on a weekly basis. Source: Centers for Disease Control’s Understanding Bullying Fact Sheet CDC BULLYING DATA 2013
  15. 15. “The percentage of youth (2-17) reporting physical bullying in the past year went down from 22 percent to 15 percent between 2003 and 2008.” Source: Trends in Childhood Violence and Abuse Exposure .. Finkelhor, et al) “Between 1992 and 2013, the total victimization rates for students ages 12–18 generally declined both at and away from school. This pattern also held for thefts, violent victimizations, and serious violent victimizations between 1992 and 2013.” (Source: Nat’l Center for Educational Statistics) AND MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
  16. 16. Research has shown that if people think their peers bully, then they are more likely to bully. So let’s not artificially “normalize” bad behavior. It’s not normal, it’s not common and it’s not acceptable. WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
  17. 17. TYPES OF CYBERBULLYING  Posting mean things about others  Creating or joining a “hate” group about someone  Spreading rumors or gossip  Excluding someone  Stealing someone’s identity or creating a fake profile
  18. 18. CONSEQUENCES OF BEING MEAN ONLINE YOU CAN  Hurt others  Harm your reputation  Get you in trouble with school or law  Be impacted way in the future
  19. 19. IT’S NOT BULLYING, BUT …  You can be sad by what you see others post  Parties you weren’t invited to  Things they have or are doing that make you jealous  Friends of theirs that are not your friends  REMEMBER: What people post is selective. Their lives aren’t as perfect as they may appear.
  20. 20. RISKY BEHAVIORS  Sending rude or mean messages  Sharing inappropriate photos  Posting anything that can harm your reputation  Talking about inappropriate subjects with strangers  Sharing your devices or passwords with others  Using untrusted apps or software
  21. 21. REPUTATION MANAGEMENT  Having no information about you online can be damaging to your reputation. People might wonder whether you’ve ever accomplished anything  The more good stuff there is about you online, the harder it is to find the bad stuff  Know how to manage your social media profiles and delete things that could give the wrong impression  Learn how to politely and effectively ask people to remove posts about you that might be harmful or embarrassing  But remember there is always the risk that something you post can be copied, pasted and reposted
  22. 22. SEXTING CAN GO WRONG  Sharing intimate photos may seem like an act of love. BUT  They can accidentally or deliberately be shared with others  Sharing a photo meant only for you is a violation of trust  They be can used to bully or intimidate you  You could get in trouble for having ANYTHING to do with certain types of photos  Only sure way to avoid negative consequences is to not do it  And by the way, it’s not as common as you might think
  23. 23. KIDS HAVE RIGHTS  You have free speech rights & the right to assemble (online & off). The first amendment has no age limits,  You have the right to control your own image (within limits)  It’s a crime to post certain types of images without the consent of the subject  You have the right to say no  You have the right to block or unfriend  You have the right to report abuse  You have a right to privacy, which includes controlling your own information
  24. 24. CYBER SECURITY  Much higher risk than other issues  Children are at significant risk of identity theft  Important to have strong, secure and unique passwords  Know your apps – get them from legitimate places and read privacy disclosures  Lock your phone & other devices Heads of CIA & DHS were victims of email hacks in 2015
  25. 25. MEDIA LITERACY  Knowing how to find & cite sources  Not spreading false information & rumors ( is your friend)  Use your critical thinking skills  Understand the difference between opinions and facts  Recognize bias, spin and misleading information  Know how to use services’ privacy & security tools  Today, everyone on social media is a media personality
  26. 26. RECOMMENDATION: These words from the National Cyber Security Security Alliance make a lot of sense: STOP to THINK and then, by all means DO CONNECT
  27. 27. THANKS Larry Magid CEO, Founder,