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Internet Safety. Personal Safety & Predator Awareness. How many of you access the Internet?. E-mail Chatting Instant Messaging Research Web searching Online videos Games Listening to music Blogging. Who do you talk to on the Internet?. Friends from school

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internet safety

Internet Safety

Personal Safety & Predator Awareness

how many of you access the internet
How many of you access the Internet?
  • E-mail
  • Chatting
  • Instant Messaging
  • Research
  • Web searching
  • Online videos
  • Games
  • Listening to music
  • Blogging
who do you talk to on the internet
Who do you talk to on the Internet?
  • Friends from school
  • Friends from clubs, church groups, etc.
  • Family members
  • Kids your age who you’ve met online
  • Adults who are strangers???????
The person you are talking to could be




Many people use the Internet illegally!

  • A predator is someone who victimizes somebody else. They use lies, secrecy, or stealth to get close enough to other people to harm them.
what do predators do online
What do predators do online?


Instant messaging





Listen to Music


victimization method 1
Victimization Method #1:

1. Sexual solicitations and approaches: Predators may ask victims to talk about topics of a sexual nature. Even if the victims thinks they want to participate in such conversations, it is still illegal if the predator is an adult and the victim is a minor.

victimization method 2
Victimization Method #2:

2. Aggressive sexual solicitation:

The predator moves offline and begins contacting the victim through regular mail, telephone, or in person.

victimization method 3
Victimization Method #3:

3. Unwanted exposure to sexual material:

Without seeking or expecting such material, the victim receives inappropriate pictures or videos.

victimization method 4
Victimization Method #4:

4. Harrassment:

Threats or offensive material can be sent online to the victim, or posted online for others to see.

  • Alaska has the highest per capita Internet use in the nation (US Census Bureau, 10/31/2005)
  • One in seven (13%) of youth Internet users received unwanted sexual solicitations in 2006 (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 2006)
  • More than 1/3 of Internet users saw unwanted sexual material online in 2006 (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 2006)
how do predators stalk their prey
How do predators stalk their prey?

They will pretend to like the same things you do, and may even research these topics to impress you.

how do predators stalk their prey1
How do predators stalk their prey?

Predators will try to gain your trust by sympathizing with all your problems and always taking your side. They may buy you things or claim to love you.

how do predators stalk their prey2
How do predators stalk their prey?

Predators will often ask you to keep your relationship a secret. They will try to convince you that no one else will “understand” your relationship.

what else might predators do
What else might predators do?
  • They may send you pictures that make you feel uncomfortable. This is illegal – please tell a trusted adult!
  • They may threaten you or your family. Always tell a trusted adult if this happens!
predators the final goal
Predators: The Final Goal
  • The ultimate goal of a predator is to meet you in person.

NEVER agree to meet an online friend in person, even if it is in a public place!!

a word about pictures video
A word about pictures & video…
  • Don’t trust people you have met online based on pictures or even web cam images. Pictures can be fraudulent or out of date. Web cam images can be pre-recorded. Police officers have even arrested predators who forced their own children to pose on web cams to trick other teens.
willing participant
Willing Participant
  • Online friendships can be a lot of fun, but it takes constant attention to detail to keep your online relationships safe.
  • Since the internet feels anonymous, trust and intimacy can develop quickly.
  • It’s easy to forget that online friends are actually strangers.
how can you stay safe online
How can you stay safe online?
  • Be careful of the personal information you reveal online. You should never give away

Your friends’ names

family members’ names

Address (city, state, or zip code)

Your name



Social security number


Nearby locations


Phone numbers


Birth date

staying safe online
Staying Safe Online
  • Talk about why it is dangerous to reveal the following information online:
    • Your sports team number
    • Your team name
    • A school event you plan to attend
    • The date of a concert you plan to attend
    • The name of a shopping center near your home
what does your online profile say about you
What does your online profile say about you?
  • If you wouldn’t want a future employer, college official, or your grandmother reading your profile…


true story

Heather Warner was a 26 year old flight attendant for Alaska Airlines. She was fired in November 2006 after her employer viewed her MySpace page and found it offensive.

“It’s important that our flight attendants act with professionalism,” said a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines.

Whether or not this is fair is irrelevant. It’s legal and it happened!

  • What you put on the Internet stays there forever!
  • Even after you delete a web page or personal profile, it can be found with a “cached” search engine.
user names screen names
User Names/Screen Names
  • Make sure your user name doesn’t reveal personal information
  • The following slides contain screen names. Decide whether or not they are safe…
is this screen name safe
Is this screen name safe?


No. It gives a possible first name, gender, and age.

TIPS: remove gender, use a nickname, and use a random string of numbers instead.

is this screen name safe1
Is this screen name safe?


No. It gives a possible school mascot, football player position, and graduation year

is this screen name safe2
Is this screen name safe?


No. It gives a possible school name, first name, and grade.

is this screen name safe3
Is this screen name safe?


Yes. It does not reveal name, gender, age, or other personal information.

is this screen name safe4
Is this screen name safe?


No. It gives a possible location and hobby, which the predator could use to establish common interests.

is this screen name safe5
Is this screen name safe?


No. In addition to giving possible age and gender, it is suggestive and will attract predators.

a guide to passwords
A Guide to Passwords
  • Never share or write down your password
  • Don’t create passwords that are easily guessed
  • Create lengthy passwords (at least 8 characters)
  • Passwords should contain a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols
  • Passwords should not contain personal information
  • If you think your password has been discovered, change it immediately!
a guide to blogging
A Guide to Blogging
  • Be as anonymous as possible
  • Protect your information & control who can read your blog by using the privacy settings
  • Avoid in-person meetings.
  • Photos: think seriously before posting, and never post photos that could reveal your identity
  • Check comments regularly. Delete inappropriate comments rather than responding. Block the author.
  • Be honest about your age. Age limits are set up to protect you!
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a guide to chat rooms
A Guide to Chat Rooms
  • Stay in moderated, age-appropriate chat rooms.
  • Be aware that predators will be posing as kids your age.
  • Remember that private chats aren’t always private. Who might be lurking on your conversation?
  • Be especially careful not to reveal personal information as you are chatting. It’s especially difficult to avoid giving indirect information that a predator will eventually piece together.
  • Never agree to keep secrets with a stranger you meet in a chat room.
  • Keep online interaction online. Never agree to meet or phone people you meet online.
  • Chat rooms are one of the most dangerous areas of the Internet – be careful!
bottom line
Bottom Line:
  • Millions of teens go online every day. Most are safe. Following the tips and advice we discussed today can help keep you safe too.
  • Most people agree that the Internet is an amazing place – but you must use it responsibly!