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Title: Internet Safety Protecting your child online

Internet Safety Protecting your child online
Presented by Lawrence Fine
What do you do online?
  • Read news
  • Keep in touch with family and friends
  • Online banking and shopping
  • Research

What do your kids do online?
  • 81 of teen Internet users admit that they log
    onto the Internet to play online games.
  • 76 of teen Internet users log on to research.
  • 43 of teen Internet users are logging on to make
  • 31 of teen Internet users access the Internet
    to obtain health information.

Chatting the night away…
What are the risks online?
  • Meeting shady characters online
  • Loss of privacy
  • Misinformation
  • Getting into fights online
  • File sharing
  • Inappropriate material

Who's a girl and who's a boy?
  • The biggest danger of online identities is that
    you can never really tell if you're talking to a
    person who's exactly who they claim they are.
  • Even if their username is hotchick15, there's
    always a good chance that hotchick15 is not hot,
    not a chick nor is she 15.

Who is lonelygirl15?
  • She is Bree, a home schooled 15-year old. She
    lives with her very religious parents who
    don't know that she's making videos inside her
  • She is actually Jessica Lee Rose, a 19-year old
    US-born New Zealander. She was a graduate of the
    New York Film Institute. Together with Ramesh
    Flinders, Miles Beckett, and Grant Stienfield,
    they brought Bree to life.

Who is lonelygirl15?
  • Lonelygirl15's creators say lonelygirl15 is a
    reflection of everyone.
  • "She is no more real or fictitious than the
    portions of our personalities that we choose to
    show (or hide) when we interact with the people
    around us."

What's so great about Myspace?
  • The most appealing aspect about is
    exactly that it's MY space. It's a place where
    teenagers can hang out in the digital world,
    creating an environment that reflects their
    individual personalities and a venue to express
    thoughts and opinions.
  • It's a place to get together with old friends and
    make new ones based on their identity, and not
    their parent's.

Your Myspace Stalker
...I've been known to stalk someone
and my friend would stalk our bfs...if we knew
they were going somewhere we'd nonchalantly pass
by the house and one time we got caught! It was
freakin' hilarous!
On talking about drugs
I spoke to you when I got home, you ambien pill
popping sloppy typing ambianish late night
texting slut...
A short list of notable social networking websites
The list goes on...
Characteristics of an Online Predator
  • Close to 100 are male
  • 91 are white and non-Hispanic
  • 89 hold a full-time job
  • 30 to 65 years old
  • Has a middle- to upper-middle class lifestyle
  • Usually a college graduate
  • Commonly married in the past or is currently
  • Often has children of his own that are older than
    the children he is chatting with

Warning signs your child is being contacted by a
  • Phone calls. Are strange calls showing up on your
    phone bills? Dont assume you can pick out adults
    calling your children a 35 year old can sound
    very much like a 15 year old if they want to.
  • Gifts and packages arriving at your house. Many
    predators groom their victims by sending small
    gifts. Some predators have been known to send
    disposable cameras or web cameras for children to
    take pictures of themselves with.

Warning signs your child is being contacted by an
online predator
  • Secrecy. Teens are often secretive, and often it
    is a symptom of nothing more than their carving
    out an independent life for themselves.
    However, if your child is taking secrecy to an
    extreme, or has suddenly become more secretive
    than before, it is cause for concern.
  • Trust your gut. If something doesnt feel right,
    it probably isnt. Predators are masters of
    manipulation. Unexplained and sudden changes in
    your childs mood or behavior may be a sign they
    are being manipulated in ways they are not
    comfortable with but are reluctant to talk about.

How hard is it to find somebody online?
Searching for somebody offline
Knowing who to look for
Where the boys (and girls) are
Finding their prey
How to protect your child
  • Put the computer in an open space
  • Do not allow computers in the child's bedroom
  • Explain that the use of the Internet is a
  • Outline family rules concerning the use of the
  • Ask your child what they know about the Internet,
    which chat rooms they use, how many screen names
    they have and how many profiles they have on the
  • Stay calm and talk to your child without making
    accusations. Explain to him/her that if they get
    a picture, or if someone says something that
    makes them feel uncomfortable, to tell someone
  • Explain that they will not get in trouble for
    telling a parent

For children 2 4 years of age
  • Online access of kids these age are usually
    accompanied by adults or older siblings. Always
    make sure that the sites they are viewing are kid
  • Around the age of 3, some kids may want to start
    exploring on their own. Steer them to a
    child-friendly site that offers a lot of

For children 4 7 years of age
  • Children would now start exploring on their own.
    Allow them to surf sites you deem appropriate for
    them. Keep tabs on what they do and where they go
  • Encourage them to use child-friendly search
    engines (

For children 7 10 years of age
  • At this age, they are starting to seek
    independence and would certainly want to have
    freedom to use the computer without a parent
    hovering behind them. The best option is to put
    the computer in a common area in the house (i.e.
    kitchen, family room, den).
  • You might want to restrict their computer and
    Internet usage, and also consider installing a
    Parental Control Program.

For children 10 12 years of age
  • This is the age when children start using the
    Internet more and more for homework and looking
    at resources for their hobbies, sports and other
    interests. Set time limits on when they can use
    the computer and for how long. It's important
    that they also spend time having fun away from
    the computer.

For children 12 14 years of age
  • Teens of this age group will now be having
    interest in chatting or blogging. This can help
    develop their social skills, but make sure you
    talk to them regarding online privacy. This
  • Giving out personal information
  • Exchanging photographs
  • Writing details that can put people in jeopardy
  • It is important that they understand that people
    online are not always what they seem.

For children 14 17 years of age
  • This can be terribly frustrating as your teenage
    child may know more about computers and the
    Internet than you do. They may even know how to
    work around the Parental Control Program you have
  • Also, they would start to extend their online
    life offline -- meeting chatmates in real life.
  • The best recourse is to assure your child that
    they can always talk to you. That way, when they
    do want to meet up with somebody, they wouldn't
    hesitate to tell you.

Keeping kids safe is everyones responsibility
  • Parents Talk to your child and know their
    Internet habits
  • Teachers Educate students on appropriate use of
    the Internet
  • Community groups Inform the public on safe
    surfing and the importance of online privacy
  • Kids and teens Take responsibility for their
    actions, with ample guidance from their parents,
    teachers and their community

Another way to protect your child
  • Review you childs home page or online profile.
    Make sure there is no personally identifiable
    information there, including photos, school name,
    or team names. Many predators keep detailed files
    on their targets and gather information over time
    from a variety of sources. Even seemingly
    innocuous information may prove harmful when
    combined with comments made weeks or months
    later. I play catcher on my baseball team, I
    went to a Red Sox game!, and Big game against
    Bedford tomorrow I hope we crush them! can
    tell a predator their target probably lives in
    the Boston area and is playing baseball
    somewhere in Bedford the following afternoon. A
    quick Google search will show the public schools
    in Bedford and which ones have baseball games

More ways to protect your child
  • If your child has been approached or harassed
    online, have them immediately delete their old
    account, pick a new username and start another.
    Do not let the harassment continue.
  • Absolutely prohibit web-cams. Easy-to-use 20
    Webcams instantly transmit high-quality
    continuous color video across the globe and are
    used by predators to exploit children.

One more tip
  • Most importantly, install keylogger or monitoring
    software on the computer used by your child.
    There is no other way to be totally certain of
    what your child is doing online or who they are
    communicating with and there is no other way of
    keeping 100 accurate records of what was said
    in the event your child is contacted by a
    predator. Even though it may feel like spying
    on your child, a parent has a responsibility to
    know with certainty who is in their childs life
    and keylogger software provides that assurance.

Parental Control Programs
  • CyberPatrol
  • http//
  • Cybersitter
  • http//
  • NetNanny
  • http//
  • Bsafe Online
  • http//
  • Chat Watch
  • http//

Last, but definitely not the least
The most important way to protect your child is
to talk to them, be involved, and care.
The bottom line is...
  • Teenagers are in a quest to know themselves. They
    may be looking for a place where they can
    introduce themselves as they are, and not as
    xxx's son or daugther.
  • With proper guidance, they can be molded to
    become responsible Internet netizens.

My aim is to keep your kids safe
Get in touch
If you have any questions regarding today's
topic, or any other internet issues, please feel
free to contact me.
Phone 304-932-4111 E-mail lawrence_at_lawrencefine.
com Website http//