Internet Safety for Educators


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Internet Safety for Educators

  1. 1. Issues Online Predators Online Etiquette & Digital Ethics Sexting Professional Boundaries Cyberbullying Social Networks (Facebook, MySpace) Online Privacy & Online Reputation Identity Theft 2
  2. 2. Technology Used Computer iPod Webcam Game consoles 3 Cell phone
  3. 3. Risks Inappropriate Contact Inappropriate Content Inappropriate Conduct 4
  4. 4. Inappropriate Contact We have to teach children how to recognize and protect themselves against contact with: 5
  5. 5. Inappropriate Content 6
  6. 6. Inappropriate Conduct 7
  7. 7. Are you ready for a test? Let’s see how well you know chat lingo You know, the way teens talk in chat rooms, emails and when they text message 8
  8. 8. Chat Lingo LOL BRB TAW POS LTTIC CICYHW KPC TOB AITR A/S/L WTGP LMIRL Laughing Out Loud Be Right Back Teachers Are Watching Parent Over Shoulder Look The Teacher Is Coming Can I Copy Your Homework? Keeping Parents Clueless Teacher Over Back Adult In The Room Age, Sex, Location? Want To Go Private? Let’s Meet In Real Life 9
  9. 9. Cyberbullying The 21st-century bully doesn't hang out on the street corners looking to shake kids down for their lunch money. Cyberbullies are hiding behind their computer screens to torment their targets.
  10. 10. What is Cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to deliberately harass, threaten, or intimidate someone. The problem is compounded by the fact that a bully can hide behind an electronic veil, disguising his or her true identity. This makes it difficult to trace the source, and encourages bullies to behave more aggressively than they might face-to-face.
  11. 11. What is Cyberbullying? Cyberbullying can include such acts as making threats, sending provocative insults or racial or ethnic slurs, gay bashing, attempting to infect the victim's computer with a virus, and flooding an e-mail inbox with nonsense messages.
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  13. 13. Tips for Teachers Discuss online behavior with your students Monitor computer use – look for children minimizing screen when you walk by Have a classroom policy that addresses inappropriate computer and cell phone use (this is in addition to school policy) and post it where they will see it If you have a school policy (Acceptable Use Policy), enforce it! 14
  14. 14. Tips for Teachers Keep anonymous comment box in classroom where children can report incidents of cyberbullying Encourage students to report cyberbullying Teach students to think before they post and to not let their emotions get the best of them, especially when they are angry 15
  15. 15. Tips for Teachers Tell students: Don’t react (this is often the bully’s goal) Don’t retaliate Block the bully Save the evidence Talk to a trusted adult 16
  16. 16. Social Networking Sites 17
  17. 17. Social Networking Sites Allow them to exchange information about themselves and communicate with others using blogs, chat rooms, email and instant messaging 18
  18. 18. Social Networking Sites While these sites have the ability to extend their circle of friends, they also expose them to those who may have bad intentions – from peers to sexual predators Even though many sites have a minimum age for signup (usually 13 or 14), these sites do not have the ability to verify age 19
  19. 19. Social Networking Sites Most young people apply common-sense principles and rules taught at home and school to avoid harmful situations in the “real world” However, they often don’t apply these same rules to the “cyber world” 20
  20. 20. Tips for Teachers Encourage students to use privacy settings and security features to limit who has access to their information Encourage students to never post full name, address, phone numbers, email address, instant message username, passwords and identity or financial numbers 21
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  22. 22. Social Networking Sites Teach students to use “throwaway” email addresses when signing up for SNS Remind students that once information is posted online and deleted or modified, the original will never be completely deleted Encourage students to use privacy settings and security features to limit who has access to their information 23
  23. 23. MySpace Privacy “Only My Friends” setting makes profile content available only to people on friends list – this is default for those under 18 If a user is under 18, they can choose to make profile content available only to friends and others under 18 Photo Albums, Videos and Blogs each have per item privacy settings that you can choose when you upload that content and modify any time 24
  24. 24. 25 MySpace
  25. 25. Facebook Profile 26
  26. 26. Facebook Profile 27
  27. 27. Facebook Profile 28
  28. 28. Online Privacy & Online Reputation Teach students to ask the following questions: 29 What judgments or conclusions might others form with my information? Are there some details about my life I would like to keep personal? Will this information reflect well on me a year from now? 5 years? Who might view or purchase this information about me? Would I want my best friend to know? Would I want my boss to know? Would I want my mom to know?
  29. 29. Online Privacy & Online Reputation Remind students to post information that is appropriate for the entire public Anyone can see individual web pages including parents, teachers, college admission officers, potential employers or police What is posted today may be harmful in the future 30
  30. 30. Bulletin Board 31
  31. 31. Identity Theft Remind students to be cautious about giving out personal information in chat rooms or on sites such as MySpace or Facebook Sites such as MySpace and Facebook allow members to make their address or phone numbers public to anyone who views their profile Encourage students to make their profiles private but warn them that nothing is ever completely private 32
  32. 32. Identity Theft Discuss email tricks that ID thieves use such as sending official looking emails from companies like Ebay, PayPal and others Encourage students to only give out information whey they have gone to the website directly, not by following the link in the email Tell students to never open email or download attachments from anyone they’re not expecting to receive email from 33
  33. 33. Identity Theft Teach students to be wary of sites that offer some sort of reward or prize in exchange for their contact information or other personal details Teach students to never fill out forms or requests for information without a parent or guardian’s permission or assistance 34
  34. 34. Identity Theft Tell students not to share passwords with others (except their parents!) Discuss using personal information such as such as birth dates or social security numbers in passwords or usernames Educate your students about making purchases online Teach them how to make sure that a web page where they provide personal and financial information is secure 35
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  37. 37. Online Predators Keep personal information personal Students should be cautious about sharing other information such as the name of their school, sports team, hobbies, where they work or hang out, or any other information that could be used to identify them or locate them Ensure user names do not reveal too much personal information It is inappropriate and dangerous for children to use their name or home town as their name Most user names made up of personal information are easily deciphered which can lead perpetrators to a student’s identity and/or location 38
  38. 38. Online Predators Students should be aware that posting inappropriate photos can lead to damaged reputations and unwanted attention Posting inappropriate photos, especially those that are explicit, can attract individuals who have bad intentions Educate students about the dangers of flirting with strangers Students can give the wrong impression when flirting with a real stranger as well as an online stranger 39
  39. 39. 40 Everyone Knows Your Name
  40. 40. Online Predators Be careful about adding strangers to IM Buddy or friend lists – people are not always who they say they are Students should not add people as “friends” unless they know for sure who they person is If individuals cannot provide solid information as to how they know the student, the student should delete the user name or block that user Teach students to be skeptical online and question what they see and hear 41
  41. 41. Online Predators Teach students to “trust their gut” If a student feels threatened or uncomfortable by someone or something online, they need to tell the teacher or another trusted adult Having students speak up can prevent someone else from becoming a victim Online friends should not be met offline Explain to students that strangers in the online world pose a threat to them just as much as strangers in the physical world 42
  42. 42. Online Etiquette & Digital Ethics Teach students to be civil in what they say and show on the internet Talk with students about respecting the reputation and privacy of others when they post anything about them (especially pictures) 43
  43. 43. Online Etiquette & Digital Ethics Model ethical behavior Reinforce ethical behavior Draw parallels between offline behaviors and similar situations online Demeaning someone online is just as bad as it is in person Plagiarism is still plagiarism whether its copying from a book or a website 44
  44. 44. Online Etiquette & Digital Ethics Teach students to take a moment before responding to a mean or insulting comment, message, email, etc. instead of reacting out of anger Teach students to not respond to these type of actions and to speak with a trusted adult about it 45
  45. 45. Online Etiquette & Digital Ethics Talk with students about avoiding using the computer to harm people Taking things which aren’t theirs (files, passwords, etc.) Spreading rumors Setting up a fake website 46
  46. 46. Online Etiquette & Digital Ethics Discuss with students the importance of treating people online the same way they would if they were talking to them F2F Considerate and respectful Don’t be rude or mean Don’t use bad language Don’t make threats or try to humiliate others 47
  47. 47. Online Etiquette & Digital Ethics Teach students to not lie about who they are online and not pretend to be someone else If someone asks a question that makes you feel uncomfortable or asks you to reveal too much personal information, don’t answer 48
  48. 48. Online Etiquette & Digital Ethics Share the risks and consequences associated with plagiarism, file sharing, downloading and copying software, music, movies and games illegally Bad grade School discipline Crime Fines 49
  49. 49. Sample Acceptable Use Policy 50 Obtained from
  50. 50. Sexting 51
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  52. 52. Sexting Encourage students to think about the consequences of taking, sending or forwarding sexual pictures of underage children Students could get kicked off sports team or school club Students could receive disciplinary action at school Students could get arrested 53
  53. 53. Sexting Tell students not to take pictures of themselves that they don’t want everyone to see Students should not take pictures that they don’t want their parents, grandparents, teachers, employers or the police seeing Tell students to think before they send the picture because they don’t where it might end up Remind them that if it doesn’t feel right to send it, they probably shouldn’t 54
  54. 54. Sexting Inform students that forwarding sexual pictures is just as bad as being the original sender They are just as responsible as the person who took the picture in the first place and sent it Encourage students to tell a trusted adult if they receive a sexual picture Tell them not to delete the picture until an adult is involved 55
  55. 55. Sexting Remind students that they are not anonymous when they send sexual pictures These pictures can be tracked through the phone or internet 56
  56. 56. Sexting and School Policies Clearly state that possession of sexually explicit images of minors on any device is prohibited, regardless of whether it is illegal or not Indicate that all persons involved, unless they immediately deleted image(s), could be subject to discipline Inform students that parents and police may be contacted to assist in the investigation 57
  57. 57. Sexting and School Policies Put all students on notice that cell phones will be searched if the school has reasonable suspicion that school policy has been violated Consequences should be clearly stated but also use wording that allows administration to use discretion for punishment on a case-by-case basis Prohibit harassment and bullying related to sexting incidents and include enhanced penalties for threats related to the incident 58
  58. 58. Professional Boundaries 59
  59. 59. Professional Boundaries 60 Make sure you’re in compliance with your school policy If you don’t if you have one, you better find out! If you’re considering adding a student as a friend to your personal profile, notify parents and receive permission before doing so Make sure the student the required age for the social networking site
  60. 60. Professional Boundaries 61 If using Facebook, you could create a Friend List called “Students” and adjust privacy settings to control what they see Create two profiles (personal + professional) or create Group for specific class projects
  61. 61. Professional Boundaries 62 You have to watch what you post and who you share it with! Ask these questions before you post anything: Would it be appropriate for me to say this in the classroom? Would I say this to the student in front of the students’ parents? If the answer to either is “No”, then you probably shouldn’t post it
  62. 62. Remember that you are role models and children will do what you do Demonstrate proper online behavior at every available opportunity 63