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Internet Safety and Being a “Cyber-Savvy” Parent. A Workshop with Partnership with Children and Origins High School. Quiz Time!. True or False? Facebook is the only social media site on the Internet. It is possible to control who sees your child’s photos on Facebook.

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internet safety and being a cyber savvy parent

Internet Safety and Being a “Cyber-Savvy” Parent

A Workshop with Partnership with Children and Origins High School

quiz time
Quiz Time!

True or False?

Facebook is the only social media site on the Internet.

It is possible to control who sees your child’s photos on Facebook.

The minimum age requirement for Facebook is 13.

It is possible to permanently delete a Facebook profile.

Minors on Facebook can be tagged in photos by strangers.

25% of households with Facebook accounts don’t use privacy controls.

what is social media
What Is Social Media?

Interaction among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities or networks.

- Ahlqvist, Toni; Bäck, A., Halonen, M., Heinonen, S (2008). "Social media road maps exploring the futures triggered by social media".

what are some social media sites used by teenagers
What are some social media sites used by teenagers?

Facebook (

Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The siteincludes public features such as:

Marketplace - allows members to post, read and respond to classified ads.

Groups - allows members who have common interests to find each other and interact.

Events  - allows members to publicize an event, invite guests and track who plans to attend.

Pages - allows members to create and promote a public page built around a specific topic.

Presence technology - allows members to see which contacts are online and chat.

facebook privacy settings
Facebook Privacy Settings

It can be tricky to navigate the privacy settings of Facebook. Here is some important information you should know:

It is possible to customize the privacy options on Facebook. See tutorial here:

facebook for minors
Facebook for Minors

For Facebook users between the ages of 13-18, there are some privacy settings in place, but it is important to understand exactly how they work.

  • Strangers cannot send messages to minors, however, friends of friends may do so or people who are members of the same group as a minor.
  • Facebook protects minors’ information and it cannot be searched by the public.
  • Additional reminders that minors should not accept friend requests from strangers.
  • Minors are automatically set to be able to review photos before they are tagged, but this is a setting that can be changed.
  • Location sharing for minors is off by default, but this is a setting that can be changed.
other social media sites
Other Social Media Sites

Instagram: An online photo-sharing and video-sharing social networking service that enables users to take pictures and videos, apply filters to them and share them or share them via other social networking sites like Facebook.

Twitter: A free social networking site that allows registered members to broadcast short posts called “tweets” which can be done on a phone or computer. Hashtags (#) are often used to connect the tweet to a general conversation or topic.

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Other Social Media Sites, cont.

Snapchat: Is a photo messaging app which allows users to take photos, record videos, add text and drawings and then send them to contacts. The images appear for only 1-10 seconds and then are deleted.

Vine: Is a mobile app owned by Twitter that allows users to create and post short video clips that last 6 seconds.

what is cyberbullying
What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is any type of bullying that takes place on technology like a phone or a computer. It can take many forms. Some of the most common are:

Harrassment: Using text messaging, instant messaging and email to harass, threaten or embarrass the target.

Posting rumors, threats or embarrassing information on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Engaging in “warning wars.”

Participating in text wars or text attacks, which occur when bullies gang up on the victim and send thousands of texts.

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Cyberbullying, cont.

Impersonating someone:

Developing a screen name that is similar to the victim’s screen name and then posting rude or hurtful remarks while pretending to be the victim.

Stealing the victim’s password and chatting with other people while pretending to be the victim. Changing the target’s online profile to include sexual, racist or other inappropriate things.

Setting up an account on a social networking site and posing as the victim while saying mean, hurtful or offensive things online.

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Cyberbullying, cont.

Using photographs

Taking nude or degrading pictures of the victim in a locker room, a bathroom or dressing room without his or her permission.

Threatening to share embarrassing photos as a way of controlling or blackmailing the victim.

Sending mass emails or text messages that include nude or degrading photos of the victim. This behavior is often called “sexting,” and once the photos are sent, there is no way to control it.

Posting nude pictures on photo sharing sites for anyone on the Internet to view and download.

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Cyberbullying, cont.

Using Websites, Blogs, Polls and More

Developing a website with information that is humiliating, embarrassing or insulting for the victim.

Spreading rumors, lies or gossip about the victim online through websites or blogs.

Posting the victim’s personal information and pictures on a website, which puts the victim in danger of being contacted by predators.

Creating a blog about the victim that is embarrassing, insulting or humiliating.

Using information that was shared in confidence and making it public.

Conducting an Internet poll about the victim. Questions in the poll may vary including everything from who is ugly and who smells to who is dumb and who is fat.

Posting rude, mean or insulting comments about the victim via the chat option of online gaming sites.

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Cyberbullying, cont.

Photographing/ Videotaping fights

Using a camera phone to videotape a bullying incident, which may include one or more kids slapping, hitting, kicking or punching the victim.

Downloading the videotaped bullying incident and posting it to YouTube or Facebook in order to allow a larger audience to view the incident.

Sharing a videotaped bullying incident via mass e-mail or text messaging to humiliate and embarrass the victim.

10 ways to keep your kids safe
10 Ways To Keep Your Kids Safe

1. Join the Ranks

2. Pay Attention

3. Listen

4. Educate

5. Take Things Seriously

6. Be Supportive

7. Be Firm

8. Follow Through

9. Get Help

10. Encourage