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Protecting Your Child

  1. 1. Protecting your child from online pornography and predators Matthew Irvine Information Technology Manager and Director of Communication
  2. 2. Statements of Belief <ul><li>I believe that the Internet is mostly good </li></ul><ul><li>I believe that the bad stuff on the Internet has been around in our world forever </li></ul><ul><li>I also believe that it has never been easier to find those things than it is now </li></ul><ul><li>I believe that every parent needs to know the risks of the Internet and modern technology </li></ul><ul><li>I still believe the Internet is mostly good </li></ul>
  3. 4. Getting Informed <ul><li>Web 2.0 - “Users add value” </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks – examples include YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Webkinz, Club Penguin, Linked In, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Social Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming </li></ul><ul><li>The Web is as much relational as it is informational </li></ul>
  4. 5. Social Statistics <ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 175 million active users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 3 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 850 million photos uploaded to the site each month </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MySpace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 130 million active users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 in 4 Americans are on MySpace </li></ul></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every minute, ten hours of video is uploaded to YouTube </li></ul></ul>
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  10. 11. Six Risks Children Face Online <ul><li>Accessing information that is inappropriate for them (porn, violence, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing information, doing things, and purchasing products that might be dangerous to them (bomb building, alcohol, gambling, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>They can be cyberbullied, stalked and harassed by people </li></ul><ul><li>They can give up important and private information </li></ul>
  11. 12. Six Risks Children Face Online <ul><li>They can be scammed or defrauded when they buy things online </li></ul><ul><li>They can be lured by cyberpredators who want to meet them face-to-face or exploit them sexually online </li></ul>
  12. 13. Startling Statistics <ul><li>Pornography </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Combined revenue of ABC, CBS, and NBC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combined revenue of NFL, NBA, and MLB </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Predators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>77% of youths are contacted by online predators by age 14. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Peers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cyber or Net Bullies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexting </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Avenues <ul><li>Social Networking (Facebook, MySpace, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Online Gaming (X-Box Live, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-to-Peer (LimeWire, BearShare, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Instant Messaging (AIM, MSN Messenger, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Online Classifieds (Craigslist, MySpace, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs (Blogger, Xanga, etc) </li></ul>
  14. 15. Family Game Plan <ul><li>Keep the lines of communication open </li></ul><ul><li>Supervise computer use and other Internet-enabled devices, and keep your child's computer in an open area of your home </li></ul><ul><li>Teach your children how to protect personal information posted online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal/contact info only with parental consent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intimate personal information, like a journal never shared or only by email with trusted friend </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reputation-damaging info/photos should never be sent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Event information – do not post what parties or events you will be attending </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Family Game Plan <ul><li>Teach your child to use privacy settings to protect their profile </li></ul><ul><li>Check up on your kids to see what they are posting </li></ul><ul><li>Supervise the types of photos your kids are uploading </li></ul><ul><li>Discourage the use of webcams </li></ul><ul><li>Know your child’s online activities and friends </li></ul><ul><li>Instruct your child never to plan a face-to-face meeting </li></ul>
  16. 17. Family Game Plan <ul><li>Teach your children to never open, read or respond to messages from a cyberbully </li></ul><ul><li>Establish online rules and an agreement with your children about Internet use at home and outside the home </li></ul><ul><li>Use a good Internet filter at home </li></ul>
  17. 18. Internet filters <ul><li>Net Nanny </li></ul><ul><li>Safe Eyes </li></ul><ul><li>CyberSITTER </li></ul><ul><li>CyberPatrol </li></ul><ul><li>Covenant Eyes </li></ul><ul><li>No filter will stop 100% </li></ul>
  18. 19. Mobile Filters <ul><li>AT&T Wireless </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MEdia Net Content Filtering (free) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Limits ($4.99/month) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Verizon Wireless </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content filtering (free) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usage controls ($4.99/month) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chaperone ($9.99/month) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>T-Mobile and Sprint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parental controls and filtering (free) </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Bottom Line <ul><li>Take time and teach your children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach them a Biblical worldview – use Biblical truth to help them interpret their experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask the right questions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promised Land </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t let your child miss out on God’s promises and their purpose </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. Protecting your child from online pornography and predators Matthew Irvine Information Technology Manager and Director of Communication