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Protecting Your Child Online

  1. 1. Internet Safety: Protecting Your Child Online Presented by the St. Martin’s Episcopal School Technology Department
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Staying Connected </li></ul><ul><li>Making the Right Decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Safety Checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate Internet Usage According to Age </li></ul><ul><li>Important Safety Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Staying in the Moment! <ul><li>Children must realize the importance of staying connected – and not electronically! </li></ul>
  4. 4. There is a proper time and place for: <ul><li>Cell phone usage </li></ul><ul><li>Text messaging </li></ul><ul><li>iPods </li></ul><ul><li>Are you being a good example for your children? </li></ul>
  5. 5. How do you make the right decisions to ensure your children stay safe online? <ul><li>The answer is a combination of: </li></ul><ul><li>Good parenting </li></ul><ul><li>Educating your child about Internet safety rules </li></ul><ul><li>Filtering Software - as you can't always be there! KidsHealth </li></ul>
  6. 6. Internet Safety Checklist <ul><li>Talk to your family about Internet safety </li></ul><ul><li>Train your children – there are a variety of free educational programs </li></ul><ul><li>Does your ISP (Internet Service Provider) offer parental controls? </li></ul><ul><li>Computers used by children should be placed in a central location (family room, etc.). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Internet Safety Checklist (cont.) <ul><li>Install safety software </li></ul><ul><li>Use family-friendly search engines </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.kids.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the benefits and hazards of going online </li></ul>
  8. 8. Internet Safety Checklist (cont.) <ul><li>Urge children to inform a parent or adult if they accidentally stumble on something inappropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Set up house rules or create an Internet safety contract. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Code of Conduct </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supervise children carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Increase children’s level of responsibility as they get older </li></ul>
  9. 9. Appropriate Internet Usage for Children Ages 2-7 <ul><li>Learn about the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Explore selected children’s Internet sites </li></ul>
  10. 10. What Should Parents Do? <ul><li>Closely supervise children </li></ul><ul><li>Select sites for children </li></ul><ul><li>Set up bookmarks for children </li></ul><ul><li>Limit or deny email usage </li></ul><ul><li>Use a filter (software) for content control </li></ul>
  11. 11. Appropriate Internet Usage for Children Ages 8-11 <ul><li>Exploring selected sites </li></ul><ul><li>Chatting and corresponding online in controlled environments </li></ul><ul><li>Skills and usage will continue to increase </li></ul><ul><li>Curiosity will increase </li></ul>
  12. 12. What Should Parents Do? <ul><li>Be actively involved </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize safe behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate any chat rooms or online clubs your child wants to participate in </li></ul><ul><li>Use content filters </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss good cyber manners (“netiquette”) </li></ul><ul><li>Place the computer in a central area </li></ul><ul><li>Periodically check Internet history (demo) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Appropriate Internet Usage for Children Ages 12-18 <ul><li>The Internet becomes a valuable tool for homework and projects </li></ul><ul><li>Children develop greater independence and want more freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Use email extensively (STM restrictions) </li></ul><ul><li>More “net-savvy” </li></ul><ul><li>The Internet becomes more global </li></ul>
  14. 14. What Should Parents Do? <ul><li>Stay in touch with their children’s online activities </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the computer in a central location </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforce safety messages and cyber rules. Stress privacy protection. </li></ul>
  15. 15. How much time should my child spend online? <ul><li>Rules for Internet usage should be the decision of a child’s parents. Like many other things, such as watching television or reading in bed, parents should strive to achieve a healthy balance. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Cyber Bullying <ul><li>What is cyber bullying? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.stopcyberbullying.org / </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Which video games are appropriate for my child? <ul><li>Game Ratings and Descriptor Guide </li></ul>
  18. 18. Which Content Filter Should I Use? <ul><li>Net Nanny </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.netnanny.com/products/netnanny </li></ul><ul><li>CYBERSitter </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cybersitter.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>CyberPatrol </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cyberpatrol.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>K9 Web Protection (Free) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www1.k9webprotection.com/ </li></ul>
  19. 19. What is Social Networking? <ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul>
  20. 20. Social Networking Sites <ul><li>Face Book </li></ul><ul><li>My Space </li></ul><ul><li>Classmates.com </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Pros and Cons of My Space </li></ul>Pros and Cons of Social Networking
  22. 22. Conclusion <ul><li>The Internet can be a rich, multimedia experience that enhances the learning experience for children. It can also be a perilous place. With basic safety measures, parents can adequately protect their children and make their Internet experience an enjoyable one. </li></ul>
  23. 23. References <ul><li>http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/net_safety.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.kids.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.netalert.gov.au </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.commoncraft.com/video-social-networking </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.esrb.org/ratings/ratings_guide.jsp </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.microsoft.com/protect/family/guidelines/contract.mspx </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/02/06/eveningnews/main1286130.shtml </li></ul>

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