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The Internet - My New BFF. Topics of Discussion. Then VS Now What are your kids doing? Are things really that different? Popular Games, devices, activities Terms You Should Know Internet Slang (Handout) Internet Safety. Then. Now. Then. Now. 1. ATM 2. Pay at the Pump 3. Chatting

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Topics of Discussion

  • Then VS Now

  • What are your kids doing?

  • Are things really that different?

  • Popular Games, devices, activities

  • Terms You Should Know

  • Internet Slang (Handout)

  • Internet Safety

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1. ATM

2. Pay at the Pump

3. Chatting

4. Online Dating

5. Online Shopping

6. Online Gaming

7. DVD Players in Cars

8. Navigation Systems

9. Virtual Pets

10. Guitar Hero

Touch Screens.

Don’t encounter teller

Don’t encounter attendant

Less “real world” conversations, even fewer phone conversations

People are seen as pictures and profiles, not individuals.

Don’t encounter clerks

Kids don’t get out and play anymore!

Don’t ask for directions.

No more Eye-Spy

As Technology Changes, So Does Socializing

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All the world’s a stage

- William Shakespeare

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Communication Evolves

  • E-mail

  • Chatting

  • Gaming

  • Texting

  • Blogs – Message boards with stories / ideas

  • Forums – Group discussions about a specific topic (games, politics, etc.)

  • Social Networking Sites

  • Photo Sharing Sites (Flikr)

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What are your kids doing?

  • MySpace

  • You Tube

  • Chatting / Emailing

  • Text Messaging

  • Downloading Music

  • Posting Videos

  • Online Gaming

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  • RuneScape is a Java-based MMORPG operated by Jagex Ltd.

  • With over nine million active free players and more than 850,000 paying members, RuneScape is rated among the most popular online games in the world.

  • Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (Duh!!!)

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Runescape Continued

  • Players are shown on the screen as customizable avatars.

  • They set their own goals and objectives, deciding which of the available activities to pursue.

  • Players interact with each other through trading, chatting, or playing combative or cooperative mini-games.

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World of Warcraft

  • Players control a character (avatar) within a persistent game world, exploring the landscape, fighting monsters and performing quests on behalf of computer-controlled characters.

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Club Penguin Facts

  • Kid friendly chat

  • Moderated environment

  • Owned by Disney (subsidiary)

  • Club Penguin has qualified for the Better Business Bureau - Kid's Privacy Seal of Approval.

  • Designed for ages 6-14.

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Guitar Hero Facts

  • The game features a guitar-shaped peripheral (resembling a miniature Gibson SG) as the primary controller to simulate the playing of rock music.

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Online Games

  • Why are these games popular?

  • “Membership has it’s advantages.”

  • Become part of a community

  • Communicate with others

  • Change their appearance

  • Fantasy World

  • Mimics real world motions / interactions

  • Escape from reality

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Social Networking Sites

  • MySpace (over 14)


  • Facebook (over 13)

  • Friendster

  • Photobucket

  • Hi5

  • Yahoo 360

  • YouTube

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  • YouTube is a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips.

  • Violence

  • On their 6:30 PM bulletin on June 1, 2006, ITV News in the UK reported that YouTube and sites like it were encouraging violence and bullying amongst teenagers, who were filming fights on their mobile phones (see happy slapping), and then uploading them to YouTube.

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Text Twist

Puzzle Express

Typing Master





Intellectual Pursuits

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What do you do?

  • Are you cooler than MTV, YouTube, WoW?

  • Are you a role model?

  • Are you fighting the system?

  • Are you participating in your child’s interests?

  • Do your kids want something? Make them create a PowerPoint about it first.

  • Do you watch South Park?

    • How did parents disarm Chimpokemon?

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Safety Tips

  • Keep your computer in a central place in your house to supervise web sites that your child visits.

  • Have parental controls on sites that you feel are inappropriate for your child

  • Have an open communication with your child. Discuss the possible dangers of the Internet with him or her.

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Safety Tips

  • Do not post photos with school names, license plates, or signs

  • Be aware of file names; posting a picture called kohser.jpg will eventually end up on Google.

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Safety Tip

  • Can you show your child something cooler than WoW? MySpace?

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Quiz TimeDefine These Terms

  • Avatar


  • Emoticon

  • Widget

  • Chimpokemon

  • Happy Slapping

  • Drifting

  • Blog

  • Peripheral

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Web Blockerat Kentwood(Appliance)


Hub / Switch

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Individual users can have different blocks

Universally block certain sites

Track exactly where a user goes


Costs money

Requires user to remember username and password

Requires a log out

Appliance Based Web Blocker

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AOL Parental Controls

  • AOL's powerful Parental Controls are now available for free to everyone.

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When you set up Parental Controls, you can:

  • Control sites your child visits

  • Decide who communicates with your child

  • Receive email "report cards" of online activity

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  • Social networking services allow users to create a profile for themselves. Users can upload a picture of themselves and can often be "friends" with other users.

  • Both users must confirm that they are friends before they are linked.

  • Social networks usually have privacy controls that allows the user to choose who can view their profile or contact them, etc.

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Additional Features for themselves. Users can upload a picture of themselves and can often be "friends" with other users.

  • Some major social networks, such as MySpace, have additional features, such as the ability to create groups that share common interests or affiliations, upload music & videos, and hold discussions in forums. These features are generally unmonitored.

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User Behavior for themselves. Users can upload a picture of themselves and can often be "friends" with other users.

  • Users often try to "collect friends", or try to be linked to as many friends as possible. Therefore, it is not uncommon for users to receive friend requests from people that they do not know. Some users will create additional profiles that assume the identity of someone else, such as celebrities, politicians, or even their pets. Some will create profiles for fictional characters, such as those from video games or Disney films (not dissimilar to role-playing), and some will even create profiles for inanimate objects, such as the Sun or the dwarf planet Pluto.

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Privacy issues for themselves. Users can upload a picture of themselves and can often be "friends" with other users.

  • On large social networking services, there has been growing concerns about users giving out too much personal information and the threat of sexual predators. However, large services, such as MySpace, often work with law enforcement to prevent such incidents.

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Internet Safety for themselves. Users can upload a picture of themselves and can often be "friends" with other users.

Online Tools to Protect Your Child

Chat Room Caution

Warning Signs

E-mail Safety

Tips for Teens

Internet Chat Acronyms

MySpace article

Web Blocking Software

Handout Table of Contents