Kid Safety On The Internet


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Kid Safety On The Internet

  1. 1. Kid Safety on the Internet Jennifer Jahedkar Extension Information Technology [email_address]
  2. 2. Kid Safety on the Internet <ul><li>On the web, kids can learn about great things like ancient history, how to write an essay, or how to be a friend. </li></ul><ul><li>They can also learn about not so great things. And not so great people can find them. </li></ul><ul><li>But there’s nothing we can do about that. Or is there?? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dangers <ul><li>A 13-year-old Manchester Township girl was on her way to meet a man she met through MySpace at a train station when her grandfather found out and stopped her. The 38-year-old man she was to meet was arrested and found to be in possession of a child's train ticket, handcuffs, a knife, lubricant and condoms. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Courrier News,,May 2006 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>A 23-year-old Pueblo man is being held after soliciting sex with children in an Internet chat room. The man allegedly posted a message asking to meet privately with children. An investigator posed as a 14-year old girl, and the man met her at a park and was apprehended. The man sought children age 14 and younger. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- San Pueblo Cheiftan, March 2005 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Statistics, tips, interviews… <ul><li>National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child internet Safety Booklet and Teen internet Safety Booklet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CBS Video Series- GENTEC </li></ul><ul><li>Audio interviews: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Webcam safety Audio Interview with Ernie Allen, CEO of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging Risks : Larry Magid interviews John Shehan of CyberTipline on misuse of social-networking services like MySpace. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What can we do <ul><li>How can we protect children from the bad that’s lurking online?? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There’s not an easy, foolproof way. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s an ongoing battle. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But there are tools that can raise our awareness and help us in the battle. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Tools to help <ul><li>filtering and monitoring programs can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>filter explicit content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>log text chats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>log sites visited and IM conversations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>restrict internet access or access to a specific application (like IM) to a certain timeframe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>like 7-9pm M–F and 12-2pm Sat. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What can be done <ul><li>Use a program to filter content, maintain logs, and cut off internet access at 10pm, the kids’ bedtime. </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewing programs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google “parental control software” </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Instant Messenger <ul><li>Ask who they’re IM-ing, and have them say hi for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own account to IM them, and see when they’re online. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn the IM language: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PAW (parents are watching); PIR (parents in room); PLOS ( Parents Looking Over Shoulder). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To learn more visit sites like and http:// /dictionary/full . Warning- some terms are not for the faint of heart. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Overprotective? <ul><li>Monitoring kids’ online activity may make you uncomfortable, and whether to do so or not is certainly your choice. </li></ul><ul><li>Kids are likely to say we parents are being overly suspicious and overprotective. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In our family it’s known that I can track what the kids do online…it’s a condition of them being online at all. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As parents, isn’t it our job to try to protect kids from bad things, on the street and on the web? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Information about Internet safety & Parental Controls: <ul><ul><li>http:// /tools/   -Get Net Wise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  -IM Terms to Know </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / - Blog Safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / - Family Tech Talk http:// /   -Nat’l CyberSecurity Alliance </li></ul></ul>