ONLINE SAFETY INFORMATION/RESOURCES:


The following was taken from a brochure sent out by Representative Payne, 106th District (2008):


INTERNET SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS:
  • Move the computer to a populated area of the home, such as the family room, so parents can monitor their child’s activities.
  • If your child minimizes the screen being viewed when a parent walks by the computer, treat it as a “red flag.” Learn what sites the child has been visiting.
  • Talk to your child to learn what he/she uses the computer for. Be especially aware of popular kid sites, such as facebook.com where children often upload photos and personal information. They can unknowingly supply information to child predators (or to students who may use it for cyberbullying).
  • Use Internet Service Provider (ISP) filters to restrict your child’s access to certain areas/items on the Web. Some ISPs can even be set up so that when a child visits a Web page, an email is sent to the parent’s email address notifying the parent of your child’s “journey” through cyberspace. (Set up your computer’s search engines [google, aol.com, yahoo, ask.com] to use filtering when performing searches. On google, check the “preferences” part on the page. For other search engines, go to http://kids.getnetwise.org/tools/searchsafe/)
  • Take the time to talk with your child to learn what they are doing. If you have any concerns, contact your local police department, or the PA Attorney General’s office.


THE MAIN TYPES OF RISKS CHILDREN FACE ONLINE:
  • Sites that allow the accessing of inappropriate information.
  • Sites that provide access to dangerous products and hazardous information.
  • Sites that allow the posting of personal information, like blog sites. If not monitored, this can lead to the child being stalked or harassed by others who may pose to be a friend or who may be rude, insulting, and make threats. Additionally, the information may be accessed to send viruses or hack into computers.
  • Sites that provide forms that solicit personal information to enter contests online and, as a result, information providers are targeted by irresponsible solicitors using unfair marketing techniques.
  • Sites, if not legitimate, that allow for the purchasing of products online run the risk of disclosing important financial information to others, such as credit card numbers, pin numbers and passwords.
  • Dishonest “cyber-predators” may pose as adolescents in chat rooms or on networking sites. Their goal is to lure an unknowing child into a face-to-face meeting.


SOME USEFUL SITES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INTERNET SAFETY:

http://csa.3rox.net/ - SAFE-Net, a Cyber Safety Awareness program of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, focuses on raising the awareness of students, parents, and educators about cyber threats, measures of protection, and cyber ethics. Through this website, it provides materials to teach parents, teachers and students about cyber security issues. Lessons are geared to grade levels 1-3, 4-6, and 7-12. A separate document is provided for parents. http://csa.3rox.net/parents/

Kim Komando’s Parent Advice section about kids and the Internet
http://komando.com/kids/parent-tips.aspx

How Young Is Too Young for Facebook – Kim Komando
http://komando.com/kids/tip.aspx?id=8006&page=1

Are Your Kids Broadcasting Online? – Kim Komando
http://komando.com/kids/tip.aspx?id=7222&page=1

Should You Friend Your Kids on Facebook? – Kim Komando
http://komando.com/kids/tip.aspx?id=6269

Configuring the new privacy settings for Facebook video
http://www.youtube.com/user/ConnectSafely

Facebook Privacy Settings Everyone Should Know – Kim Komando
http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=7843

"Dr. Laura" Schlessinger talks about Facebook
http://www.drlaurablog.com/category/facebook/

Advice from Kim Komando on parenting and Internet, as well as Dr. Laura's views on other Internet/Kids topics:
http://www.drlaurablog.com/category/internet/

Breaking up with Facebook letter
http://www.drlaurablog.com/2008/01/14/breaking-up-with-facebook/#more-71

www.thatsnotcool.com

www.safekids.com

MySpace Safety Quiz for Kids – Kim Komando http://komando.com/myspace/

www.wiredkids.org

www.isafe.org

www.getnetwise.org

www.netsmartz.org
Internet Safety Help Desk for Parents from Netsmartz - http://www.netsmartz411.org/ -

www.cyberangels.org

www.fbi.gov/fbkids.htm

Statistics – Pew Survey: Teens Love Facebook, Hate Blogging, Are Always Online, and Don’t Use Twitter.
http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/zachary-wilson/and-how/pew-survey-finds-increase-social-media-internet-time-decrese-blogging-te

Safeteens.com: Internet Safety for Teens
http://www.safeteens.com/
• Guidelines for Parents of Teens
http://www.safeteens.com/guidelines-for-parents-of-teens/
• Social Networking Tips for Teens
http://www.safeteens.com/safe-blogging-tips/• Tips to Stop Cyberbullying
• Cell Phone Safety Tips
• Teen Sexting Tips

“Internet Safety: Facebook” by Barbara J. Feldman
http://www.surfnetkids.com/safety/facebook/
• Barbara’s main site: “Surfing the Net with Kids” surfnetkids.com
• Who Is Barbara Feldman?: http://www.barbarafeldman.com/
• “10 Must-Have Facebook Privacy Settings”http://www.surfnetkids.com/safety/10_must-have_facebook_privacy_settings-44210.htm
• “How to Friend Someone on Facebook without Showing Them Your Status”.
http://www.surfnetkids.com/safety/how_to_friend_someone_on_facebook_without_showing_your_status-44610.htm

Facebook, MySpace Can Empower Teens, PsychCentral http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/01/27/facebook-myspace-can-empower-teens/11003.html

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/tips-controlling-teens-facebook-usage/story?id=9431037




SOME LINKS TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE ONLINE:


Internet Filtering Software - Free
http://www.komando.com/kids/tip.aspx?id=3200

Computer and Internet Monitoring Software
http://www.spectorsoft.com/