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North American Division. Office of Education. Presents -. Larry Blackmer, Vice President. What are the Major Areas of Concern on the Web?. Cyberbullying Sexual Predators Pornography Damaged Reputations Hate Sites Online Gambling Internet Addiction. Cyberbullying. What is it?

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north american division
North American Division

Office of Education

Presents -

Larry Blackmer,

Vice President


What are the Major Areas of Concern on the Web?


Sexual Predators


Damaged Reputations

Hate Sites

Online Gambling

Internet Addiction



  • What is it?
    • Sending hateful messages
    • Spreading lies about someone
    • Making nasty comments on social-networking sites
    • Creating a website to bash reputations
    • Posting lewd or unflattering images on the web


  • How is it different that Schoolyard bullying
    • Teachers can’t intervene
    • Online, there is no one to filter it
    • Cyberbullies do not witness the victims reaction, so little remorse
    • Wider audience
    • No ability to control the outcome
    • Kids often do not report – fear of overreaction


  • 3. Internet Safety Tips
    • Keep others from using your email and Internet accounts – know your kids passwords
    • Block sender on IM or other sites
    • Delete email account and set up new one
    • Tell you child to not respond to rude or harassing emails. If it continues – call the police – keep a record of the emails as proof

Sexual Predators

  • About 1 in 7 children have been sexually solicited online (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • Target children in chat rooms, social networking sites and blogs
    • MySpace, Xanga, Facebook, etc -profiles contain centralized information such as photos, personal interests and blogs as well as links to friends
    • Obviously a hot spot to research for victims, and groom them as friends

Over 600,000 children are reported missing each year (over 2,000/day)

  • 58,200 are abducted by nonfamily members
  • 115 are the victims of the most serious long-term abductions
    • 56% recovered alive
    • 40% killed
  • 203,900 children are the victims of family abductions
  • 74% of children who are murdered are dead within the first three hours!

Sexual Predators

Internet Safety Tips

If your child is on a social networking site, join and become involved

Tell child to NEVER give last names, addresses, phone numbers, school names, or other information (like where they will be this weekend)

Learn about privacy settings. Not everyone online is who they say they are. Never meet anyone from online in real life, no matter what.

Put computer in common area and supervise

Know short hand POS (parent over shoulder), LMIRL (let’s meet in real life), etc.

On the Internet no one knows I’m a dog

on line issues
On-line Issues
  • One in five children (10-17 years) receive unwanted sexual solicitations on-line!
  • In 2002 there were 785 documented cases of “travelers”, either the child or adult traveling to make physical contact after meeting on-line.
  • One in thirty three received aggressive sexual solicitation
  • One in 17 was threatened or harassed
  • Less than 10% reported
  • Only 17% of youth and 10% of parents knew where to go for help


  • Usually considered the most dangerous.
  • According to Christianity Today about 30% of clergy in the USA are addicted to online porn
  • Two ways
    • Inadvertent
      • Innocent, imprecise, misdirected searchesIn an effort to increase traffic to their sites, pornographic Web site operators use popular terms.
      • When children key in their favorite search terms, pornographic sites pop up along with the sites the children are seeking.

Stealth sites and misleading URLsMany children seeking information on the nation's White House, may find themselves on a porn site instead of the official site at

  • Pornographers purchase domain names such as the .com equivalent of a popular .gov or .org website, knowing full well that web surfers are likely to end up on their pornographic site instead of their desired destination.
  • Innocent word searchesInnocent word searches on many popular search engines can lead an unsuspecting child to numerous porn sites. Examples include such words as toys, boys, Britney Spears and dogs.

The misuse of brand names

    • According to a recent study in England, 26 popular children's characters, such as Pokemon, My Little Pony and Action Man, revealed thousands of links to porn sites.
    • 30% of the sites were hard-core. (Envisional 2000)
    • 25% of porn sites are estimated to misuse popular brand names in search engine magnets, metatags and links.
    • Three of the top ten brand names used are specifically targeted to children – Disney, Barbie, and Nintendo. (Cyveillance Survey, 1999)
  • Willful – to see the same site 100 times or to see 10,000 hits….


  • There are now at least 9,300,000 porn site on the web-no has been able to count them all- over 200 new each day (US News & World Report, 3/27/05)
  • 87% of teens have encountered offensive web sites (Safe America Foundation, 9/30/04)
  • 75% of parents say they know where children spend time on-line, the truth:
  • 73% of teens say they accessed porn sites, 39% offensive music, 25% sexual content, 20% violence
  • (WebSense, USA Today, 10/10-12/00)

Pornography, cont.

  • 62% of parents are unaware that their child has accessed objectionable websites (Yankelovich Partner Study, 9/99)
  • The majority of teenager’s online activity occurs at home, right after school, when working parents are not at home (Arbition New Media Study, 8/02)
  • Students were most at risk for cybersex compulsions due to a combo of increased access to computers, more private leisure time. (MSNBC/Stanford/Duquesne Study, 2000)
  • The FBI says that child porn and the sexual exploitation of children through online means is the most significant crime problem that the FBI confronts.

Pornography, cont

  • 3,917,410 sexually explicit pictures, descriptions, short stories, and film clips online. Of stored images on Usenet groups, 83.5 are pornographic (Carnegie Mellon Univ. 02)
  • Playboy’s website had over 5.7 million hits in a seven day period
  • 98.9% of the consumers of online porn are men
  • At least 150,000 people chat on 500-700 “sex talk” line each day (Boardwatch Magazine)
  • Today’s computers allow users to manipulate sexual situations

Pornography, cont.

  • Porn can be as mood altering and addictive as narcotics. (Richard Drake, Brigham Young Univ.)
  • The average age of first-time sex addicts is 11yrs old!
  • Online addition is one of the fastest growing additions in America
damaging of reputations
Damaging of Reputations
  • Camera phones, digital cameras, video cameras web cams – think before you post – once it is there it is there forever
  • Child’s online reputation – growing concern – jobs, schools, colleges, clubs, etc check online before acceptance
  • Post pictures as a game, or as one-upmanship

Internet Safety Tips

  • Even if you delete a photo, who has copied it, and how will they use it?
  • Don’t allow anyone to ANY pictures of you that you would not show to your parent
  • Talk to your child about consequences-
    • 17 yr old posts a fake picture looking drunk – colleges may not accept
    • Posting of pictures may be child porn, labeled as predator for the rest of your life.
    • Sharing of pictures may cause harm - suicide

Hate Sites

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Federal agents investigating at least 70 bombings and 12 attempted bombings between 1989 and June 1999 recovered bomb-making literature that the suspects had obtained from the Internet. In these investigations, the possession of bomb-making literature has been taken by law enforcement authorities as strong circumstantial evidence that this literature has been used to plan crimes.


Like other extremist material on the Internet, bomb-making manuals are readily accessible to children. In fact, these tracts have already been accessed by eager, impressionable youngsters.

    • The Washington Post has described discussions among 14-year-olds about "which propellants are best to use, which Web sites have the best recipes and whether tin or aluminum soda cans make better bomb casings.“
    • Children have used recipes found on the Web to create and detonate bombs. For example, two 15-year-old boys from Orem, Utah, landed in a juvenile-detention center after they constructed a pipe bomb using online instructions. Similarly, three high school students in Ogden, Utah, who ignited a bomb at a Jehovah's Witnesses church later told police they learned how to make the device from a Web page devoted to the Anarchists Cookbook.

Marrying the Internet to hateful rock music, and videos; hate groups attempt to use this medium to win the hearts and minds of our young



There are many forms of hate groups:

    • Racial/ethnic
    • Gay/lesbian
    • Black/white
    • Anti-semantic or religious
    • Anti-abortion
    • Anti-government
    • Anti-Church

All are out of place in a family home!


Addiction to being online is one of the most time consuming things that happen in today’s homes, email, on line shopping, news, sports, surfing, chatting, etc.


On-line Gambling

  • Strictly speaking, it is illegal for U. S. residents to gamble over a (telephone) wire. This would seem to include Internet gambling. However, most Internet casinos are physically located outside the United States in countries where their activities are completely legal.
profile of an on line gambler
Profile of an On-Line Gambler
  • High School Education or beyond 93%
  • White 93%
  • Ages 20-49 years 83%
  • Reported Most Lost /One Week in the last 6 months was > $500 81%
  • Reported Total Amount Lost Weekly was > $100 83%
  • Employed Full-time 66%
  • Had 1 to 3 children 60%
  • Male 55%
  • Married 50%
  • Reported age was less than 18 years when first gambled 61%
  • Reported debt as a result of gambling at > $5000 56%
  • Reported credit card debt > $5000 38%
what is our responsibility
What is our responsibility?
  • Be parents, set limits
  • Be good examples
  • God wants us to be loyal servants
  • Fidelity – What is fidelity?
  • Faithfulness to something to which one is bound by duty or pledge
  • Faithfulness that is steadfast in the face of temptation
  • The ability to reproduce exactly an effect or sound… Hi-Fi
  • This is what God needs from us..Spiritual Hi-Fi!

No temptation has seized you except

what is common to man. 

And God is faithful; he will not let you be

tempted beyond what you can bear. 

But when you are tempted, he will also provide a

way out so that you can stand up under it.

1 Corinthians 10:13


Our children are our future!

It’s our responsibility to be faithful

husbands and fathers, to be morally

sound wives and mothers.

It does not happen by chance.

Seek help!

The end!