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The Internet and Your Middle Schooler Presented by Julie Darling & Monique Uzelac Media Specialists Overview What is this stuff? (Definitions and terms). Age relevant Internet behaviors. Some tools that could be helpful. Favorite sites. What I would do if I were you. Questions?

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The Internet and Your Middle Schooler

Presented by

Julie Darling & Monique Uzelac

Media Specialists


Overview

  • What is this stuff? (Definitions and terms).

  • Age relevant Internet behaviors.

  • Some tools that could be helpful.

  • Favorite sites.

  • What I would do if I were you.

  • Questions?


What Is This Stuff?

  • IM (Instant Messaging)

  • VOIP

  • Social Networks

  • Blogs

  • Chat Rooms

  • Virtual Worlds


Age Level Related Internet Behaviors: 7-10(Adapted from http://kids.getnetwise.org/safetyguide/age/7-10)

  • Psychologist Richard Toft: Children begin to want independence at this age.

  • Should be encouraged to explore the Internet independently within public space in home (kitchen, family room etc.).


Safety “Net” for Ages 7-10

  • Consider filtering program, child-safe search engines, child-safe Internet Service Provider (ISP).

  • Consider limiting time online either through rules or time-limiting software.

  • More on this in a minute.


Age Level Related Internet Behaviors: 10-12(Adapted from http://kids.getnetwise.org/safetyguide/age/10-12)

  • A stronger push for independence and therefore stronger influence from peers.

  • Developing abstract reasoning skills and ability to begin evaluating websites with quality info. vs. junk.


Safety “Net” for Ages 10-12

  • Encourage critical evaluation of online sites-is everything on the Internet true?

  • Set concrete time limits for computer use, other activities are important too.


Age Level Related Internet Behaviors: 12-14(Adapted from http://kids.getnetwise.org/safetyguide/age/12-14)

  • Big increase in social activity with peers, especially email and Instant Messaging (IMing).

  • Budding interest in sexuality which may express itself through the exploration of Internet sites.


Safety “Net” for Ages 12-14

  • May want to use filtering and monitoring software-will most likely experience resistance to this from child.

  • Open and honest discussions about safe online behaviors are critical.


What are some of the real dangers?

  • Instant Messaging with strangers.

  • Meeting these strangers in person.

  • Bullying one another digitally (emails, IMing, posting nasty blog entries, etc.).

  • Accidentally (or purposely) sending out or displaying personal information about selves and/or friends.

  • Downloading viruses.

  • Accessing inappropriate sites.


Solution #1: Filtering/Monitoring Software

  • Restricts incoming information (and some outgoing).

  • May filter entire websites, individual words, advertisements, emails and chat rooms.

  • Two ways: URL or keyword.

  • Will not catch everything no matter what tools you use.


Filtering & Monitoring Software-some features

  • Time-limiting capabilities.

  • Filters.

  • Monitoring, filtering and chat blocking features.

  • Personal information transmission blocking.

  • Internet activity reporting features.

  • Stealth mode.

  • Internet Filter Reviews


Solution #2: Child Safe ISP (Internet Service Provider) with Parental Controls

  • AOL

  • MSN

  • Comcast


Solution #3: Child Safe Search Engines

  • Ask For Kids

  • KidsClick!

  • Yahooligans

  • Google Safe Search (turn on optional filters in “Preferences”)


Favorite Sites of Middle Schoolers

  • Whyville (Virtual World)

  • My Space (Social Network)

  • Live Journal (Blog-Weblog-online journal)

  • Xanga (Another Blog)

  • Facebook (High school-Social Network)


Helpful Ideas

  • Monitor screen names on IMing “Buddy List” and ask who each person is.

  • Confirm “Buddy List” screen names with other parents.

  • Make a rule that all Instant Messaging programs and social networks will be open ONLY to friends not even to friends of friends.

  • Do not use programs that do not have this “white list” feature.

  • Put computer in a family space within the home and make a “walk up” rule.

  • Learn IM language/slang.


Helpful Ideas Continued

  • Monitor the history of websites visited by child and create an account on the blogs/social networks that child is using.

  • Have A LOT of conversations about why posting personal information on the Internet is NEVER a good idea.

  • Encourage the use of safe search engines.

  • Put all Internet Accounts in parent(s) names with parent(s) having the primary screenname, control of the passwords and control over blocking/filtering.


Questions??


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