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Online Safety Tips for Parents


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We live in an increasingly technology-based society. Children need to be prepared to navigate a world and a workforce in which computers are an essential part of daily life. The Internet can be used as a learning tool or a weapon. Social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter, are popular Internet destinations for millions of children nationwide. Unfortunately, these sites are also popular with sexual predators, cyber bullies, and con artists. Attend this informative workshop to gain a clearer understanding of the issues children are facing, and what message to communicate to your child about making safer decisions.

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Online Safety Tips for Parents

  1. 1. Online Safety: PracticalPractices for ParentsKristi RichburgCoordinator, FDLRSAdministration-HRD Projectrichburgk@nefec.orgJune 7, 2013
  2. 2. Top 5Tips1. Talk toYour Child2. Password Protection3. Don’t RevealToo MuchInformation4. Be Aware ofCyberbullying5. Use Social NetworksSafely
  3. 3. Talk toYour Child Discuss the importance of being a good digitalcitizen. The Golden Rule The OfflineTest YourTest Educate yourself about your child’s onlineactivities including cell phone usage. What if they find something online that makes themfeel scared, confused or uncomfortable?
  4. 4. Password Protection Keep passwords secure. Do not share passwords. Change your password every90 days. Do not use the same user name and password fordifferent sites. Passwords should have at least 8 characters andinclude numbers and symbols and numbers.
  5. 5. Stranger Danger in the20th Century
  6. 6. Stranger Danger in the21st Century
  7. 7. What Kids Don’t KnowThat Could HurtThem Four in five children can’t tell when they are talking toan adult posing as a child on the internet. Four in five kids thought they were chatting to a teenwhen in fact it was an adult Students as old as 17 struggle to tell the differencebetween an adult posing as a child or a real child“befriending” them online Overall only 18% of children taking part in theexperiment guessed correctly as to the age of the“predator”
  8. 8. Revealing too much Limit what youpost. Use privacy settingsto limit youraudience. Change yourdefault settings tolimit the amount ofsharing from youraccount.
  9. 9. Cyberbullying 32% of online teens have experienced one of the following formsof online harassment: 15% of teens reported having private material (IM, txt, email)forwarded without permission 13% had received threatening messages 13% said someone had spread a rumor about them online 6% had someone post an embarrassing picture of them onlinewithout permission (Lenhart, 2007) 26% of teens have been harassed via their cell phones either byvoice or text (Lenhart, 2010)
  10. 10. What ShouldYou Do? Do not respond to any threatening email ormessage. Save it as a text file and share it with parents Remove or block the bully. Protect your child’s profile.
  11. 11. Use Social Networks Safely Provide only information that you are required (*) to provide. Keep some things private: Last Name Phone Numbers Home Address Date of Birth School/SportsTeam Name Travel Plans THINK before you post!
  12. 12. References Lenhart,A. (2007)Cyberbullying. Pew Internet & American LifeProject,Washington, DC. Lenhart,A., et al. (2010)Teens and Mobile Phones. Pew ResearchCenter’s Internet & American Life Project.Washington, DC. Conner, M (2012) 10Tests of Good DigitalCitizenship. Blog. FOSI.orgTop Internet SafetyTips for Parents. Software DevelopersTackleChild Grooming On the Net. Accessed June1, 2013 from:
  13. 13. RESOURCES CyberTipLine - NetsmartzKids - Safety Pledges - Net Cetera - iKeepSafe - Get Safe Online -
  14. 14. Kristi RichburgFlorida Diagnostic & Learning Resources Systemhttp://www.fdlrs.orgTwitter: kristi_richburg