A PARENT’S GUIDE TO INTERNET SAFETY KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE
Questions about my child…. • What are they doing online? • Who are they talking with? • Why do they want to be there? • When should I restrict time? • Where can I learn about digizens?
MY SPACE.COM FACEBOOK.COM • Students are using the sites above to CONNECT with kids all over the world • The information they place on these sites are used daily by pedophiles • Never post full name, address, telephone number, SS #.
MY SPACE.COM FACEBOOK.COM Facebook 250 Millionactive(Sept 09) myspace 200 Million active (Sept 09) (users who have returned to the site in the last 30 days)
Bank robber arrested after boasting of crime on MySpace Investigators learned that Mr. Northington, who had a gunshot scar on his face, used MySpace, to brag about a crime. There they found that he had posted a message mentioning the robbery: "One in the head still ain't dead!!!!!! On tha run for robbin a bank Love all of yall." According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice in Columbia, S.C
Nine days later, Northington was arrested in Virginia. • Northington is now facing a fine of $250,000 and • imprisonment for a minimum of seven years and a maximum of life. • By Thursday, Northington's MySpace page was still up with the status reading "Wanted."
WHAT CAN Parents DO? • Have a Family Internet Plan/Agreement • Use Facebook. • Friend your child. • Teachable moments from other users. • Place computer in a Central Location.
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO? Help • There’s no Privacy on the Internet. Pages are archived. (The Wayback Machine.) • Facebook Archives pages • Owns your content
FACEBOOK PRIVACY STATEMENT You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored your User Content. Facebook may also collect information about you from other sources, such as newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of the Facebook service through the operation of the service (e.g., photo tags) in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalized experience.
KEEP YOUR PRIVACY! • NEVER SHARE YOUR PASSWORD!
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO? • Review Chat Logs
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO? • Review Chat Logs
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO? • Review Searches
Google Preferences • Go to Google.com • Click on preferences • Click on strict filtering next to safesearch • Setting must be adjusted for each user account you wish to filter.
TEACH THE CONTROLS • Use Privacy settings. • School admissions officers • Future employers • View online info with a critical eye. • Fun Questionnaires aren’t funny.
CYBER BULLYING Each and every student will be a safe and informed Internet user.
The Statistics: • 1 in 5 children are sexually solicited or approached over the internet in a one-year period. (Online Victimization: A Report on the Nation’s Youth) • 20% of violent offenders serving time in state prisons reported having victimized a child online. (U.S.Dept of justice.)
YOU HAVE HELP • No matter if a threat was written at home or not, Police and/or Schools can take action • Isolate the computer • Inform local law authorities • Call MCCTF, (Maine Computer Crimes Task Force) • Call Federal Agencies – FBI has a Maine office that works mainly with hate crimes, civil rights issues in schools (James.Lechner@ic.fbi.gov
Positives influences • Authors of original work • Students learn to interact with mass amounts of ever changing information • New literacy • Improves 21st Century job skills in a Global Market
MORE ADVICE…. Discuss REPUTATION Online = Offline Discuss NETIQUETTE Proper online Etiquette means don’t say something online if you wouldn’t say it offline. Become a DIGIZEN Digital Citizen Ask for PASSWORDS Check them frequently
CONTROL OF INTERNET ACCESS AND USE * 74% of families have their computers in a public location * 65% of parents say they check up on their teens after they go online * 53% of families filter * 45% of families have monitoring software on the computer that their child uses (Kids aware of monitoring & filtering) * Only 7% of parents have no rules about media use at all SOURCE: http://www.pewinternet.org
IT TAKES ALL OF US: HOME, SCHOOL, & LAW ENFORCEMENT TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE www.ic3.gov www.cybertipline.com www.missingkids.com www.netsmartz.org www.Wiredkids.org
Is the Internet a Safety Risk? • Greatest Risk our children face with the Internet is being denied access. • Safe Solutions:Software Filters, Web Blockers, Parent Supervision etc… • MLTI is not a technology project, it’s a learning project. (Betty Manchester) • Laptop is a crucial competitive tool for learning