Online Social Networking 101: Monitoring Your Child's Cyber Playground


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If you are a parent who is behind the times on social media, and the impacts it can have on your child, this presentation can help you to prepare and take the steps to stay "in the know."

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Online Social Networking 101: Monitoring Your Child's Cyber Playground

  1. 2. <ul><li>Library of Congress </li></ul><ul><li>The Wall Street Journal </li></ul><ul><li>The Al-Jazirah </li></ul><ul><li>Deutsche Welle </li></ul>
  2. 3. Basic Facts <ul><li>23 million children age 6 to 17 had Internet access at home at the end of 2003, which is a threefold growth since 2000. </li></ul><ul><li>American children are spending an average of 5 hours and 29 minutes a day, seven days a week, using media for recreation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most of this media usage is spent alone and unsupervised. </li></ul></ul>Sourced by: Cho and Cheon 2005: “Children’s Exposure to Negative Internet Content: Effects of Family Context.” Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
  3. 4. Most recent study results Courtesy of
  4. 5. What you need to ask yourself as a parent: <ul><li>How well do I know the Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>How well (do I think) my child(ren) know the Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I ever sat down an discussed the dangers of the Internet with my child(ren)? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I know all the dangers that are accessible to my child(ren)? </li></ul>
  5. 6. Courtesy of View Entire Study
  6. 7. Recommendations to start: <ul><li>Parents are more vigilant about where their teen(s) go online if the computer is in a public area of the household. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents with monitoring software are more likely to review where their teen(s) go online on a daily or weekly basis. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 90% of parents had difficulty deciphering the meanings of frequently used Internet messaging abbreviations. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Slang Dictionary </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Main Aspects of Concern <ul><li>Social Networking Sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Myspace, Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Instant Messaging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AIM, Yahoo, ICQ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cyberbullying </li></ul><ul><li>Child Marketing Protection Policies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>COPPA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Website Blocking Software </li></ul>
  8. 9. Social Networking Sites <ul><li>Myspace , Facebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public and private profiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of photos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friend Requests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential Hacking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Posting of Private Information </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Instant Messaging <ul><li>AOL, Yahoo!, ICQ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Screennames </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Profiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning the slang </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to know the difference between “chatting” with friends and strangers </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Cyberbullying <ul><li>How to recognize signs if your child is a bully or is being bullied. </li></ul><ul><li>How to “google” your child to see if there is potenial harmful information readily availble to search engines. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Child Marketing Protection Policies <ul><li>COPPA (The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Established in 2000. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires that online operators put links to their privacy statement on their homepage and on each page where personal information is collected. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How to recognize these policies, and look for them to make sure they are present on the sites your child is frequenting. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Understanding Protection Policies “ According to studies, 68% of 162 for-profit Websites did collect information from children. Most solicited information was email addresses, names, birthdates, age and even 32 % asked for a postal address .” Sourced by Cai, Gantz, Schwartz and Wang 2003: “Children's Website Adherence to the FTC’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.” Journal of Applied Communication Research <ul><li>It’s Important to understand that a lot of children-directed websites </li></ul><ul><li>are built intentionally to monitor how a child navigates through the site. </li></ul><ul><li>This specifically gives them direct marketing tactics that they use to sell </li></ul><ul><li>Child products in the future. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Website Blocking Software <ul><li>Best software for website monitoring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SpyAgent , WebWatcher , SpectorPro </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How to program your software to your own personal settings </li></ul>
  14. 15. Tips to Remember <ul><li>Communication is KEY! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The more you are interested in their surfing habits, the less they have to hide. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t be sneaky and try to catch them…remember you are not the expert! They will find new ways to hide their suspicious activities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping the lines of communication open helps create a sense of trust. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Tips to Remember <ul><li>Keep the Internet access in a public area of the house. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children are less likely to visit suspicous sites and chat rooms when supervision is provided. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Homework <ul><li>Have a sit down with your kids expressing your interesting in their Internet habits. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Once you find out what they are interested in (i.e. Myspace, AIM, Facebook or all) take a few minutes each day to surf each to learn how to navigate each site/program. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Write down any questions you have to bring to class next week, as we will be looking in-depth at how to maneuver each application. </li></ul>