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Keeping Your Children Safe. Devices That Can Be Used to Access the Internet. Desktop/Laptop Computers Cell phones- Smart Phones Gaming Systems – Playstation, Xbox live, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DSi, any online computer game PDA or Palm Pilot or I-Pod Touch. Cyberbullies

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Devices That Can Be Used to Access the Internet

Desktop/Laptop Computers

Cell phones- Smart Phones

Gaming Systems – Playstation, Xbox live, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DSi, any online computer game

PDA or Palm Pilot or I-Pod Touch


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  • Cyberbullies

  • Viruses or hidden spyware

    • endangers family privacy

    • computer health

  • Identity Theft

    • affects children and adults

  • Inappropriate information

    • pornographic and violent images

    • hate literature

  • Sexual predators

    • chat rooms

    • blogs

    • message boards

    • email & Instant Messaging

Potential Dangers and Pitfalls


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  • Cell Phones- 4 out of 5 teens have a cell phone

    • Teens Post Negative Images Online

      • “Sexting” – Sending nude or suggestive pics over the cell phone.

      • Inappropriate video using video phones

    • Online Bullying Using Cell Phones

    • Cheating on Tests

    • Suggestions:

    • Clarify child’s purpose for having phone

    • Check the phone bill

    • Set expectations for use.

Cell Phones


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Cyberbullying


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Social Networking harass, humiliate, embarrass or otherwise target another minor.


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Social Network sites should be private harass, humiliate, embarrass or otherwise target another minor.

  • Be careful not to add too much information

    • No street addresses

    • No phone numbers

    • No full names on pics(especially children's pictures)

  • Control who can see your information

  • Don't accept "friend invitation" from strangers

  • Know who can see what you post

  • Parents keep an eye on your children's page


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This is an example of a page that is not set to private. Information, Photos, etc are visible to anyone!


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This page is set to private. This allows the owner to only allow certain people access to their information.


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Privacy Settings allow certain people access to their information.


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Many use the Chat feature in Facebook allow certain people access to their information.


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  • Keep allow certain people access to their information.computer in a family area

  • Be aware of the amount of time spent online

  • Talk with children

    • Sit with your child while they’re online. Let them teach you.

    • Don’t overreact

  • Create rules and agreements

    • Post near computer

    • No secret passwords

  • Stay informed of Internet risks

    • Create your own Social Network site

  • Monitor Internet use

What parents can do…


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  • Know that sites may have allow certain people access to their information.age restrictions

    • May be ignored by children

    • May be accessed by accident

  • Check history, bookmarks, or favorites on all computers regularly

  • Recognize warning signs

    • Children spending too much time online

    • Mood changes

  • Stay Up-To-Date on Internet issues

    • "Friend" your Children on Social Network Sites

      • Monitor but don't over do it

Monitoring Tips


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  • Internet allow certain people access to their information.Filters

    • Not fool-proof, but better than ever

  • Teachers Monitor

    • Have selected sites to which children are limited.

    • Teach from an area with screen access

  • Integration of Internet Safety Lessons

    • TRTs and SRO’s work together with classroom teachers

  • Provide Resources

What does MCPS do to protect your child online


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MCPS Internet Safety Website allow certain people access to their information.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

www.take25.org   


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