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Online Safety for Kids PlanetUM. Amy Ginther Project NEThics (sm) Office of Information Technology University of Maryland CyberEthics Seminar for Professional Educators University of Maryland July 16-17, 2002. 1.What is the University of Maryland’s mascot? A. Blue Devil B. Owl

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Online Safety for KidsPlanetUM

Amy Ginther

Project NEThics(sm)

Office of Information Technology

University of Maryland

CyberEthics Seminar for Professional Educators

University of Maryland

July 16-17, 2002


1.What is the University of Maryland’s mascot?

A. Blue Devil

B. Owl

C. Cougar

D. Terrapin


  • 1.A: The Blue Devil is a powerful mascot - but for Duke University! Try another answer.

  • 1.B: An Owl is certainly a wise bird, but not the University of Maryland mascot. Try another answer.

  • 1.C: The Cougar is a strong animal and would be a good mascot, but the University of Maryland has chosen a different animal. Try another answer.

  • 1.D: Congratulations! The Terrapin is the University of Maryland’s mascot. The Terrapin is a type of turtle which is why you see at sporting events people holding signs that say “fear the turtle!”


2.In what city is the University of Maryland located?

A. Washington, DC

B. College Park, MD

C. Baltimore, MD

D. Durham, NC


  • 2.A: Washington, DC is an important city, but not the home of the University of Maryland. Try another answer.

  • 2.B: Congratulations! College Park is the proud home city of the University of Maryland.

  • 2.C: Baltimore, MD is a close neighbor to the city where the University of Maryland is located and there are many colleges there, but not the University of Maryland. Try another answer.

  • 2.D: Durham, NC is the home of Duke University; another fine university, but not the University of Maryland. Try another answer.


3.The University of Maryland is the ________________ institution of the University System of Maryland.

A. smallest

B. biggest

C. private

D. newest


  • 3.A: The University of Maryland likes to have a “small, personal” feel to it, but it is not the smallest institution in the system. Try another answer.

  • 3.B: Congratulations! Yes, the University of Maryland is the biggest campus in the University System of Maryland.

  • 3.C: The University of Maryland is a Public university. There are no private universities within the University System of Maryland - private universities exist outside the system. Try another answer.

  • 3.D: The University likes to stay “up to date” with technology and new buildings, but is not the newest institution in the system. Try another answer.


4.When on the Internet, I should not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents’ permission.

A. True

B. False


  • 4.A: Congratulations! It is True - you should NOT give out personal information to anyone online without your parents’ permission.

  • 4.B: Sorry! The answer is True - you should NOT give out personal information to anyone online without your parents’ permission.


5.When on the Internet, ____________________ is okay.

A. agreeing to get together with someone you meet online without first checking with your parents

B. sending a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents

C. responding to any messages that are mean or in any way make you feel uncomfortable

D. visiting websites recommended by your teachers or parents


  • 5.A: Not a good idea. You should never agree to meet anyone you meet online without first checking with your parents. Try another answer.

  • 5.B: Not a good idea. You should never send someone your picture or anything else without first checking with your parents. Try another answer.

  • 5.C: Not a good idea. If you get a message that makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, you should tell your parents and NOT respond to the sender.

  • 5.D: Congratulations! Parents and teachers have ideas for places you can visit while you are on the Internet - getting ideas from these people is a good idea.


___ age

___mailing address

___ shirt size

___ gender

___ name

___ telephone number

___ name/location of school

___ my favorite color

6. Which of the following information is absolutely necessary for us to send you your prize if your name is drawn? (check all that apply)___ I have my parents’ permission to provide this information. (please check if true)


  • If “permission” box has not been checked, an error message should appear with the following text:

    “We cannot accept your registration. You must have your parents’ permission to submit your personal information for the prize. Click the ‘back’ button to go back to the registration form. Once you have your parents’ permission, check the parents’ permission box and then click “Submit.”

  • Once the child has checked the parents’ permission box and re-submitted the quiz, a final information request form will appear asking for name, house/street address, city, state, zip code, and shirt size.


  • 6. The only information required for us to send you a prize (if your name is drawn) is your name, mailing address, and shirt size. You should always be very careful when asked to give personal information about yourself and ALWAYS check with your parents before giving this information. We want you to have fun on the Internet, but also want you to be safe!

  • Name __________________________

  • Mailing Address___________________________________________

  • Shirt Size________________


Text of Safety Flash Presentation

  • What are the risks?

    --Exposure to inappropriate material

    --Pedophiles/Physical molestation

    --Harassment

    --Fraud


What are signs that kids may be at risk?

  • Excessive use of the computer

  • Secretive behavior about the computer or online associates

  • Password protected BIOS, files, or hard drives

  • Hidden files or directories


Guidelines for Parents

  • Educate yourself about the Internet.

    -Sit down at the computer with your kids - take time to see what they’re doing online and what their interests are.

    -Establish clear ground rules for Internet use.

    -Decide whether or not to use parental control tools or protective/blocking filtering software.

    -Explain to your children that people online may not be who they claim to be.

    -Teach kids never to send photographs or give out any personal information (names, addresses, phone numbers, passwords) to anyone they meet online.

    -Instruct your child never to plan a face-to-face meeting alone with online acquaintances without your permission and supervision.

    -Tell your child not to respond to offensive or disturbing e-mail, chat, or other communications.

    -Monitor online use and set time limits.

    -Place your computer in the family room or another open area of your home.


And don’t forget…

  • If you become aware of an illegal activity such as the transmission of child pornography or if you suspect any other crime, such as fraud, please report it immediately to the police.


  • Encourage your children to have fun and learn on the Internet…but most of all, help them stay safe

  • Today’s event was brought to you by the Project NEThics office at the University of Maryland and the Prince George’s County Police Computer Forensics Unit


For more information, contact:

Project NEThics(sm)Office of Information Technology

University of Maryland

http://www.umd.edu/NEThics

E-mail: NEThics@umail.umd.edu

Phone: 301.405.8787


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