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TODAY’S GOALS Understand the need for being safe in the cyber community - just like your physical community. Understand how predators typically approach kids and teens online. Understand the importance of refusing inappropriate advances. Know how to Report suspicious activities that you encounter on the Internet.
How many of you access the Internet? What do you do online? E-mail Instant messaging Chatting Research
? ? ? ? bored to meet people ? lonely Why do you go to the Internet to meet people? Do you really want to be talking to adults? just to talk ?
The scary thing is…you could be talking to someone who’s 50 15 NOT Many people use the Internet illegally.
We call them Internet PREDATORS Predators lie to strike up friendships and relationships that are deceiving.
What is a predator ? A predator is someone who victimizessomebody else. A predator uses lies, secrecy or stealth to get close enough to another to harm them.
What is Prey? Prey is the victim of a predator An Internet predatorpreys ononline users!
Online predators do the same things that you do online! Chat! Instant Message E-mail Surf the Net
So, how does a predator gain YOUR TRUST ? He or she slowlyGrooms You…
How does a predator trick you into believing he or she is your friend? S.I.T.S. SIMILARINTERESTS TRUST SECRECY
S.I.T.S SIMILARINTERESTS: They tell you that they like the same things that you like. TRUST: They make you think that you can tell them anything. When you talk about problems they always take your side. SECRECY: You can tell them secrets. And, they may tell you to keep your friendship secret because no one else will understand.
DANGER! An Online Predator Will LIE To You To Gain Your TRUST! • A predator may tell you he or she loves you. • A predator might tell you he or she will treat you better than your family does. • A predator might tell you he or she will buy things for you.
THEN WHAT? • Predators might send you pictures that make you feel uncomfortable, and then tell you that it is okay to look at them. • They may even tell you that they are going to tell your parents, or that they know where you live and are going to hurt you or your family if you tell anyone about them. • But no matter what they say or do • THEY WILL ALWAYS WANT TO MEET YOU!
LET’S RECAP! A Predator will groom you by: Pretending to like the same things. Pretending to share your interests. Telling you they truly care about you. Always taking your side. Becoming your new BEST friend. But don’t be fooled! These are just LIES!
The FBI has a special task force to find Internet predators. 1 in 5 U.S. teenagers say they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation online. Victims are typically in their early to mid teens. BOTH GIRLS and BOYS ARE TARGETS! That makes YOU at RISK!
Online Relationships Not all online solicitations are unwanted. Sometimes you meet someone online and WANT to meet them offline. Predators want you to be a Willing Participant. But there is still Danger involved! How can Online Relationships go Wrong?
Willing Participant Sometimes Teenagers are willing participants in online relationships with others who might be older. Why??? Bored Insecure Curious Lonely No matter what the reason, ANY online relationship can be dangerous.
Consider This: i-SAFE student pre-assessments have shown that: • More than 31% of teens say it is easier to talk with people on the Internet than in real life. • Over 25% of 10th graders are willing to meet an online friend in person. • Almost 15% of 8th graders say they have met in person, someone they first met on the Internet, and by grade 12 that number increases to 23%. So What do You Think? Are there Dangers?
Stay SAFE ~ THINK About Things Like: Your Screen Name What you reveal while online Who you are talking to And…Know how to report suspicious behavior
What Does YOUR Screen Name ?????? YOU Say About
A KEY i-SAFE ONLINE TIP Use a screen name WITHOUT personal information about YOU! What is wrong with this screen name ??? Jessiegirl14
Private Information There is certain information you should never reveal on the Internet. Name School Address Social Security Number Age or Birthdate Phone Number Family and Friend’s Names
Indirect Information Predators can also learn about you indirectly They will ask you questions and learn from things you say Details like your school mascot or a concert that you are going to can help them identify you and where you live. By becoming your buddy, they learn about you so they can eventually get what they want -- A Meeting With YOU
Online Friends You never know who you might be talking to Online, so who can you trust? You can talk online with friends from school or other groups that you belong to. If you or your parents know the person, it’s not the same as talking to a stranger. You can send e-mail to or chat with a friend of the family.
What should you do if: You think someone is grooming you? Someone wants to meet you? Someone threatens you? Someone sends pictures to you that make you uncomfortable? Call local law enforcement Tell a teacher or another adult at school. Tell your parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
Specific tips for handling....... • Cyber Stalking: Sometimes, you can feel you are the victim of a hateful or obsessive person. That person stalks you. You should report this to the local police department. You should also report to you local provider who may help you change your online ID’s and information to protect yourself.
Specific tips for handling....... • Child luring: If you feel you are in danger or someone you know is in danger of falling prey to a predator, notify a trusted adult IMMEDIATELY. Call the local police department. Also contact the cyber tip line run by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The number is 1-800-843-5678.
Specific tips for handling....... • Inappropriate material sent to a minor: Contact your email provider along with the cyber tip hotline: 1-800-843-5678
Discuss • What do you think about the following statistics? • How do you think your parents measure up? • 88% of parents feel that they know “some” or “a lot” about where their children go or what their children do the Internet. • 52.6% of parents feel that their ability to shelter their children from inappropriate material on the Internet is limited. • 53.9% of parents feel that their children are proficient or experts in computer use. • 47% of parents spend less than 2 hours per week on the internet.
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