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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

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

potential dangers and pitfalls


  • 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

cell phones

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


The use of electronic means by a minor to torment, threaten, harass, humiliate, embarrass or otherwise target another minor.

  • Cyberbullying is different from face-to-face bullying because the bully is removed from the immediate and tangible feedback of the victim.-


social network sites should be private
Social Network sites should be private
  • 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

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


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

what parents can do

Keepcomputer 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…

monitoring tips

Know that sites may have 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

what does mcps do to protect your child online

Internet 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

mcps internet safety website

MCPS Internet Safety Website

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children