Protecting Your Child – Internet Safety OUTLINE: STATISTICS SAFETY TIPS PARENT PLEDGE STUDENT PLEDGE HRSB and a ‘draft’ AUP FJHS SCHOOL PAGE Statistics on Canadian Youth and Chat Rooms Use of chat rooms by Canadian youth, aged 9-17
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Use of chat rooms by Canadian youth, aged 9-17
Chat is a very popular activity across all age ranges, but parents are generally unaware of this:
56 per cent (six in ten) of all kids use chat rooms.
67 per cent of secondary school kids use them.
But only 12 per cent of parents say their kids use chat rooms.
Most younger kids behave safely in chat rooms – but more than half of the older kids engage in risky behaviours, such as going to private areas of chat rooms or visiting adult chat rooms:
Some 33 per cent of 9-10-year-olds use chat rooms, and 26 per cent visit private and adult chat areas.
56 per cent of 11-12-year-olds visit chat rooms, and 37 per cent visit private and adult chat areas.
75 per cent of 13-14-year-olds visit chat rooms, and 54 per cent visit private and adult chat areas.
72 per cent of 15-17-year-olds visit chat rooms, and upwards of 60 per cent visit private and adult chat areas.
Kids in secondary school are more likely to report going into adult chat rooms.
Many kids are asked for personal information and in-person meetings by online acquaintances:
More than four in ten kids (43 per cent) say they have met someone on the Internet who asked for personal information about them, such as their photo, phone number, street address or school.
Of the kids who were asked for this kind of information, only 8 per cent told a parent about it.
Nearly half (46 per cent) of kids say that someone has made unwanted sexual comments to them on the Internet.
25 per cent of younger kids report that someone they met online asked to meet them in person; and that figure jumps to 43 per cent for 15-17-year-olds.
Of the 15 per cent of kids who did meet an Internet friend in person, 6 per cent went with a parent or other adult, and 9 per cent took a friend or went alone.
Of the kids who did meet an Internet friend in person, 67 per cent say they have no rules about this kind of activity.
Of the kids who met an Internet friend in person, 12 per cent say the experience was a bad one.
The children most at risk may display the following traits:
New online and unfamiliar with Netiquette
Actively seeking attention/affection
Isolated or lonely
Confused regarding sexual identity
Easily tricked by adults
Talk to your kids about sexual predators and potential online dangers.
Young children shouldn't use chat rooms, period—the dangers are too great.
As children get older, steer them towards well-monitored chat rooms for kids. Even teens should be encouraged to use monitored chat rooms. (For a listing of safe chat rooms for kids, see Finding Great Kids' Sites on the right sidebar.)
Instruct your children to never leave the public area of a chat room. Many chat rooms offer private areas where users can have one-on-one conversations.
Seventy percent of teens surveyed for Young Canadians in a Wired World say their parents talk to them very little about their Internet use. Finding out where kids are going online – and who they are talking to – is not infringing on privacy but smart parenting.
Be clear with your child
about what they should and
should not do on the Internet.
Learn about computers. Take a computer or Internet course and then discuss with your children.
A family online agreement is a set of rules for home Internet use.
An online agreement should offer your kids clear guidelines on:
Wherethey can go online, and what they can do there
Howmuch time they can spend on the Internet
Whatto do if anything makes them uncomfortable
Howto protect their personal information; stay safe in interactive environments; and behave ethically and responsibly online
I agree to the above
I understand that my parent(s) has agreed to these rules and agree to help my parent(s) explore the Internet with me.
_____________________________________________Child sign here
I agree to the above
_____________________________________Child sign here
I will help my child follow this agreement and will allow reasonable use of the Internet as long as
these rules and other family rules are followed.
_____________________________________Parent(s) sign here
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