Delaware State Police Community Services Presents…
Introduction • Cyberspace - Internet, Digital Highway and Information Highway • Past, Present, and Future?
What is the Internet? • Different from a computer program • Communication tool • You are not alone on the net • Use Caution
Is CyberSpace Safe? • Yes, most of the time • Cyber neighborhoods • Online services • Computer Bulletin Boards (BBS) • Internet
Benefits of the Information Highway • E Commerce • News media • Communications • Educational and recreational tool
Current Issues • Privacy • “Addiction” • Vandalism • Cons and Scams • Financial Security • Personal Safety
Precaution Issues • Safeguard yourself • Think of travelling in the “real Community” • Encounters on the net
Never provide personal information to an untrusted site or person • Do not post identifying information • Use caution if you plan to meet person to person • Use care when corresponding to contacts • Do not believe everything you read and see is true • Report any online incidents to appropriate authorities
Online Relationships • Online vs. Face to Face • What is really known about the other person? • Truth vs. Lies? • How well can you judge the person’s character?
Cyber Cons • Shop online with known companies • Use encrypted / secure browser • Do not provide personal information unnecessarily • Do not provide your password to anyone • Change your password often
Scams • If it seems too good to be true…… • You will be “approached” • Pyramid schemes • Internet services • Business opportunities • Work at home schemes
Safety for Youth • A world of information • Communicate the dangers • Youth can be trusting and curious • Explore the Internet together • Teach about the abuses found on the net • Use filtering software • Monitor the computer use
Tell Them To… • Inform a trusted adult if threatening or scary material is found • Never give out name, age, address, phone number, password, or any personal information • Never respond to unusual or “weird” messages • Never send pictures of themselves over the net without your permission
Monitor school access • Know your child’s friends and their parents • Ensure the school follows an acceptable use policy for computing • Contact authorities should you see inappropriate or offensive material
Conclusion • What is the Internet? • Is CyberSpace safe? • Net Relationships • Benefits of the information highway • Current issues • Precautionary issues
Online relationships • Cyber Cons • Scams • Safety for youth