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Safety and the Internet Created by Lynne Schalman The Original Teaching Company www.teachingcompany.com Suggestions for Parents Take the time to see what your kids are doing online and what their interests are. Let them teach you about the internet surf sites with them

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Safety and the Internet

Created by Lynne Schalman

The Original Teaching Company

www.teachingcompany.com


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Suggestions for Parents

  • Take the time to see what your kids are doing online and what their interests are.

    • Let them teach you about the internet

    • surf sites with them

    • help them assess the value and importance of the site

    • Take the online drivers test with them


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Tips for safe internet use

  • Talk to your kids

    • go over the rules of safe surfing

    • establish clear ground rules

    • post safety rules by the computer

    • Go to Safekids.com for a safety contract.


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Discuss responsible behavior

  • Compare Unsafe behavior offline to unsafe behavior online

    • talking to strangers

    • giving out personal information

    • getting into fights

    • lying to teachers and parents


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Trouble Zones

  • Chat Rooms

  • Messageboards

  • Email (particularly from unknown sources)

    • viruses

    • inappropriate behavior

    • inappropriate links

  • Adult websites


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General Safety tips

  • Never give out personal information to people met online especially in public places like chat rooms and bulletin boards, or even contests.

    • What is personal information: name, age, school, address, phone number, picture, financial information, passwords, or any other information without getting permission


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More Tips

  • Never plan a face-to-face meeting alone with online acquaintances (male or female)

  • Never respond to offensive or dangerous email, chat, or messageboard communications.

  • Tell parents or teachers about any online behavior that makes you feel uncomfortable


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The computer is public

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


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The Impersonal Computer

  • Impersonality creates false sense of security

  • Impersonal quality of creating email

  • Testing out new personalities


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What to do if...

  • Someone asks for personal information or makes you feel uncomfortable

  • A website asks for personal information (ne legislation protecting children)

  • An email has an attached file

  • If you are flamed in a chatroom or messageboard


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Filtering Software

  • Home versus school use

  • Safe ISPs (including Bledsoe.net)

  • Safe Search engines

    • www.yahooligans.com

    • www.ajkids.com

  • Creating a safe home page


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