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  1. Managing the Internet: Resources for Families

  2. Internet Use is Growing • 2 million new sites per month. • Over 100,000 users per month, on 300 workstations, at Hennepin County Libraries. • Increase in use by youth from 39.1 in 1996 to estimated 65% in 2003. (Barrons, Nov. 1998) • 71% of parents no longer monitor internet use for children 14 years and older. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

  3. BasicTerminology • The Internet: A worldwide network of computers. Includes e-mail and the World Wide Web. • ISP: Internet Service Provider. Sell you access to the Internet (A few are free). • Browsers: Software for using the Web, e.g. Netscape or Microsoft Internet Explorer. • URL: Web address used to locate a web page. Typically begins with “www”, e.g. “www.wcco.com”

  4. Netscape Homepage URL

  5. Basic Terminology • Chat Rooms: Groups of people typing to one another via their computers. • Filters and blocking software products. Products that restrict access to the Internet based on some pre-selected criteria. • Search Engines: Allow you to search for specific information on the Web.

  6. AgreementsandAdvice • Get involved! • Create a family strategy for using the net. • Check out the “Family Contract for Online Safety” at http://www.safekids.com • Example of a “Family Pledge: http://www.yahooligans.com/parents/createfamilypledge.html

  7. SafeKids.com

  8. SafeKids.com

  9. SafeKids.com

  10. AgreementsandAdvice • Get involved! • Create a family strategy for using the net. • Check out the “Family Contract for Online Safety” at http://www.safekids.com • Example of a “Family Pledge: http://www.yahooligans.com/parents/createfamilypledge.html

  11. Yahooligans Family Pledge

  12. Yahooligans Family Pledge

  13. Search Engines • Browsing: Exploring by broad subjects, following links for more and more detail. • Searching: Entering words and phrases to locate specific topics. Two ways to surf . . .

  14. Search Engines • Try different search engines to find one that best meets your needs. • Learn “Advanced Searching” whenever possible.

  15. Search Engines • Yahoo http://www.yahoo.com/ • Alta Vista http://www.altavista.com/ • Google http://www.google.com • Others accessible from Library Homepage, under “Search the Web.”

  16. Yahoo Search Screen Enter a search term here Learn Advanced Searching You can Browse by Categories

  17. Yahoo Search Results

  18. Search Engines • Yahoo http://www.yahoo.com/ • Alta Vista http://www.altavista.com/ • Google http://www.google.com • Others accessible from Library Homepage, under “Search the Web.”

  19. Alta Vista Enter a search term here

  20. Alta Vista - Results

  21. Search Engines • Yahoo http://www.yahoo.com/ • Alta Vista http://www.altavista.com/ • Google http://www.google.com • Others accessible from Library Homepage, under “Search the Web.”

  22. Hennepin County Library Homepage

  23. Hennepin County Library Homepage

  24. Library Homepage - KidSpace

  25. Kids Search Engines

  26. E-Mail • Share your child’s e-mail account and password. • Talk with your child about the people he or she is meeting online. • Make it a rule that your child never arranges an in-person meeting without you present. • Complain to the sender of unsolicited e-mail and to your ISP about unwanted e-mail.

  27. Yahoo!Mail

  28. Chat Rooms • Anyone currently logged in can talk to you and hear from you. • You don’t know who you are talking to. • Never give out personal information. • Chat together until you have a feel for the group. • Moderated chat rooms are sometimes an option. • Watch the clock.

  29. Kids’ Rules for Online Safety

  30. Kids’ Rules for Online Safety

  31. Moderated Chat List from Yahooligans

  32. Moderated Chat List from Yahooligans

  33. Instant Messaging

  34. Filtering/Blocking • Filtering: uses key words. • Blocking: by web site, may be evaluated by a human being. • Closed systems: access to only a small portion of the Web. • Different products provide different options. • No product is 100% effective. • Not a substitute for being involved.

  35. Filter Product Information • http://www.cpsr.org/filters/faq.html • http://www.enough.org/safetynet.htm#family • http://www.familyguidebook.com/charts.html • http://www.yahooligans.com/Parents__Guide/Blocking_and_Filtering/ • http://www.safekids.com/filters.htm#chart • http://www.yourownworld.com

  36. From SafeKids.com

  37. yourownworld.com(closed system)

  38. Cookies • Used by Web sites to identify you and track your activity. • Can be helpful, but there are privacy considerations. • Stored on your computer automatically. • More info at Cookie Central (http://cookiecentral.com)

  39. At the Libraryhttp://www.hennepin.lib.mn.us 

  40. Library Catalog

  41. At the Libraryhttp://www.hennepin.lib.mn.us 

  42. On-Line Reference Sources Choose from over 60 on-line sources. Search by Topic... Or Source.

  43. At the Libraryhttp://www.hennepin.lib.mn.us 