Middle School Parent Meeting Monday, March 15, 2010 Mike Drew Shawn Arrington
Can You Read This? • Omg… I @m rotfl rite now. I hurd the gr8est joke 2d@y. w@nn@ he@r? “y did the chick’n x the ro@d? 2 get 2 the other side!!” LOLZ! h@h@... Btw I @m sooooo xcited 4 the g@me 2nite! Errrrr… my BOX broke urlier. I wuz sooo m@d! I h8 this BOX! Neway… wut’s w/u? nmh. So wut ru doin 2nite? I wanna c a mov-e. orlando bloom is HAWT!!! Neway… w@nn@ go? Gr8. SLAP! Neway… I g2g. I’ll tty!! Ttfn, luv ya, CUOTFS! Cya 2morrow! (((H)))
Omg… I @m rotfl rite now. I hurd the gr8est joke 2d@y. w@nn@ he@r? “y did the chick’n x the ro@d? 2 get 2 the other side!!” LOLZ! h@h@... Btw I @m sooooo xcited 4 the g@me 2nite! Errrrr… my BOX broke urlier. I wuz sooo m@d! I h8 this BOX! Neway… wut’s w/u? nmh. So wut ru doin 2nite? I wanna c a mov-e. orlando bloom is HAWT!!! Neway… w@nn@ go? Gr8. SLAP! Neway… I g2g. I’ll tty!! Ttfn, luv ya, CUOTFS! Cya 2morrow! (((H))) • Oh my gosh… I am rolling on the floor laughing right now. I heard the greatest joke today. Do you want to hear? “Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side!” laughing out load. Haha… by the way, I am so excited for the game tonight! Ugh… my computer broke down earlier. I was so mad! I hate this computer! Anyway… what is up with you? Not much here. So what are you doing tonight? I want to see a movie. Orlando Bloom is extremely good-looking!! Anyway, do you want to go? Great! Sounds like a plan! Anyway I’ve got to go. I’ll talk to you later! Ta-ta for now, love you, catch you on the flip side. See you tomorrow! Hugs!
Think about this… • 76% of parents don't have rules about what their kids can do on the computer • 65% of parents believe that kids do things online that they wouldn't want their parents to know about • 64% of teens say that teens do things online that they wouldn’t want their parents to know about • 79% of online teens say that teens aren’t careful enough when sharing personal information online • 21% of online teens say they have sent an email, instant, or text message to someone that they meant to be private but which was forwarded on to others by the recipient • source: Protecting Teens Online Pew/Internet March 17, 2005
Discussion Points • Internet • Email • World Wide Web • Social Networking Sites • Mobile Phones • Text Messaging • YouTube • Suggestions for Parents
Email • Free email accounts are available from dozens of providers online. • Email is not private. • Because of its impersonal nature, email can lead to problems when students send inappropriate messages. • Know your child’s username and password. • Keep your usernames and passwords private.
Email Source: www.oasis-open.org
World Wide Web • Every computer has a distinguishing IP Address • When you visit a website it is recorded in the history and with a “cookie” • Spyware is software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. • You can check the history by selecting the history shortcut (looks like a sundial) • You can check the cookies by opening the “Documents and Settings” folder located on the “C” drive of the “My Computer” icon
Parental Computer Controls • Technical • Client/Server Filters • Black/White Lists • Keyword List • Internet Content Rating System • Non-Technical • House Rules • Shoulder Surfing • Check the history • Computer location
Parental Computer Controls • Schedule Internet access • Block MySpace and other time wasters • Stop inappropriate chat and child predators • Receive email and mobile alerts • Stop illegal file sharing • Monitor where your children are going online • Contact your ISP for filtering options
Social Networking Sites • Access to free webpage creators has never been more simple. People can put private information on personal webpages with little or no effort at sites like myspace.com and facebook.com • To join, children must be at least 13, but they can easily lie about their age.
http://www.facebook.com/ February 2010 - Facebook is the second most visited website in the world. It reaches over 400 million active users! And 50% of the active users log on to Facebook on any given day – source: www.facebook.com
Features of Social Websites: • Profiles with personal information • Friends and Networks • Pictures and comments • Videos • “Walls” • Status Updates • Fan Pages • Private Messages • Chat
Dangers of Social Networking Sites • Private information made public • Exposure to inappropriate language and behavior • Online Bullying & Exclusion • Posting inappropriate images and content
Mobile Phones • Text messaging is a service that allows people to communicate via short messages • Camera phones allow users to take pictures and video • When used responsibly, these services can be positive and fun • Negative uses
YouTube • YouTube is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. • Unregistered users can watch most videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos. • Some videos are available only to users of age 18 or older (e.g. videos containing potentially offensive content). The uploading of pornography is not allowed.
The Myth of Multi-tasking • Additional Information: • NOVA - Digital Nation • Brain Rules by John Medina
Tips for Parents • Don’t prohibit your child from using technology. Instead, help them become responsible users. • Keep the computer in a central, common location. • Take the time to understand the things your child is doing on the computer. • Know your child’s usernames and passwords. • Make sure there is no inappropriate content or personal information (phone number, address, picture) on your child’s profile or webpage.
Tips for Parents • Cell phone plans that don’t allow pictures or video to be sent or received may be most appropriate for kids this age. • Discuss when online communication is best, and when it can lead to problems. Encourage face-to-face and phone conversations when warranted. Remind them that online conversations can be printed. • Talk frankly with your child about your expectations, involve them in discussions that set restrictions like amount of time online and where they may visit. • Let your child know that you will be checking their email and webpages and why you are doing it. Follow through and check regularly. • Consider limiting the amount of time allowed on the computer/video games for your child.
Cyber Citizenship • Respect for yourself • Protection of personal information • Respect for others • Online interactions are no different from real interactions
Last Child in the WoodsRichard Louv • Alienation from the outdoors has negatively impacted physical fitness, long-term mental and spiritual health. • Irony of the first environmentally educated generation without a connection to nature. • Among other factors, time in front of the screen is a major contributor to this phenomenon