Friday, September 3, 2010

What are the risks children face in the Internet?

One of my major concerns has been internet safety. I have created a PPT to explain some of the issues in more depth.



There are several different ways that kids can get into trouble on the internet, some affect the entire family financially, socially and emotionally. They are using the Internet as a priviledge, not a right. You are entit led to protect them whether they are on the street or at home. You prepare them to cross the street. You ask where they are going when they are outdoors, as they sit in front of the computer you are entitled to know where they are and what they are doing.
The risks include:
Accessing inappropriate information or values:
porn, hate, intolerance, bigotry, gore, violence, hoaxes, misinformation and hype
Becoming victims: of luring, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, harassment, pornographers, pedophiles, with deep the psychological scarring that ensues
Being lured into committing these illegal activities on friends, enemies or strangers
Giving our private information, providing financial disclosures, or PIN to strangers
Being targets of irresponsible marketers, pornographers, pedophiles, and vulgar images on typosquat or porn-napped sites
Being scammed and defrauded.
See:
Sex acts on web cams | Haboo Hotel | Maclean's story: 'I'm engaged in online foreplay' | Kids cyberbullying teachers |
Where can I get more information?
Regular bulletins from: NetFamilyNews | Smart Kids Video: www.otip.com/smartkids/ | Child Find Manitoba | LiveWWWires www.livewwwires.com | NetMom's Internet Safe House : http://www.netmom.com/ | Blog Safety http://www.blogsafety.com/ | Safe Kids | Stay Safe Org. for Parents | Business Week: Protecting Your Kids From Cyber-Predators Web Wise Kids | CyberCops | BeyondBorders.org  ]
How can I prevent cyberbullying and abuse?
Have students use Avatars , rather than photos of themselves.
Send the offensive e-mail to the ISP: i.e. Yahoo Terms of Agreement Policy
I use a site meter, which tells me which domain ISPs have visited my web page. It is just a little piece of information that might help me. It gives students a good idea of who might be accessing their sites. see: Site Meter |

How Teachers Can Help
1. Use a computer Lab setup that allows you to view all student's screens, or use a monitoring device.
2. Be familiar with your Board’s online Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) .
3. Create a classroom AUP in a cooperative learning class activity.
4. Discourage the participation of young children in chat room activities at home.
5. Discuss what happens in such situations. Ask the students what they have experienced. Most will tell you stories that teach peers.
6 . Teach older children what to do in dangerous situations.
7. Teach children to be aware that people can misrepresent themselves
8 . Discuss Internet activities and let them know that you are there if they need you.
9 . Report any suspected illegal content or activity.
10. Teach children to forego online information registration forms or lie about their identifiying information.

Tips for Parents with Children on the Internet

1. Place the computer in the family room or other visible area, not in child’s bedroom.
2. Use gender-neutral screen names.
3. Talk to children about Internet safety and participate with them online. If they know more than you, let them teach you.Start when they are young.
4. Children shouldn’t believe anything said to them over the Net from an unknown source.
5. Tell children they do not have to respond to messages sent to them, whether by e-mail or instant message.
6. Children should never give out personal information, screen names, passwords or credit card information online.
7. Use a good virus detection program.
8. Supervise children’s computer usage. Don’t rely on filtering software to do the work.
9. Check the history function of your browser to see which websites your children have visited.
10. Know who your children are communicating with online. Get to know their online friends just as you would their other friends.
11. Promote an environment where your children can talk openly with you.

From NetFamilyNews
Medindia research http://www.medindia.net/news/view_news_main.asp?x=7991
Press release: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-02/nu-sft021706.php
USATODAY reports
It's a cyberbullying story. According to the Mail Tribune in southern Oregon.
Resources:
Berne J., Huberman B. (1999). "European approaches to adolescent sexual bahavior and responsibility," Advocates for Youth, Washington, D.C., 1999.
Boies, S., Gail Knudson, Julian Young: (2004). "The Internet, Sex, and Youths: Implications for Sexual Development, Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity," 11:343-63 (2004).
Beyond Borders (2003). “It’s All About the Kids, Toronto Police International Conference on Child Exploitation, As accessed, www.beyondborders.org/ June, 2003.
Cyberbullying www.cyberbullying.ca
Liau,K.L., Angeline Khoo, Peng Hwa Ang: "Factors Influencing Adolescents Engagement in Risky Internet Behavior," CyberPsychology & Behavior 8(6):513-20
Liau, K.L., and Michele Ybarra, Kimberly Mitchell: "Exposure to Internet Pornography among Children and Adolescents: A National Survey," CyberPsychology and Behavior. 8(5):473-86
Media Awareness Network, (2001).Young Canadians In A Wired World, Environics Research Group. www.media-awareness.ca
Mitchell, K.J., D. Finkelhor and J.Wolak (2003) The Exposure of Youth to Unwanted Sexual Material on the Internet, Youth & Society, 34 (3), March 2003, p.330-358.
Staksrud E.: "Parents believe, kids act
Wolak, J., K.J. Mitchell and D. Finkelhor (2003). Escaping or Connecting? Characteristics of youth who form close online relationships. Journal of Adolescence, (26) p.105-119.
Wolak, J., Mitchell, K.J., Finkelhor, D.: "Close online relationships in a national sample of adolescents," Journal of Adolescence 37:441-55
New York Times Child Pornography Sites Face New Obstacles  http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/30/national/30porn.html?ex=1293598800&en=1deee62d0cf506e3&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

You Have hate Mail http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/education/article.jsp?content=20060109_119228_119228.
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Yahoo Terms of Agreement Policy http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/
Net Family News www.netfamilynews.org
The Online Safety Project www.safekids.com
Smart Kids Video: www.otip.com/smartkids/

References

  1. Beyond Borders (20030. “It’s All About the Kids, Toronto Police International Conference on Child Exploitation, As accessed, / June, 2003.
  2. Cyberbullying www.cyberbullying.ca
  3. CyberTip hotline: www.cybertipline.com/
  4. Bullying Awareness Network www.bullyingawarenessnetwork.ca/
  5. Media Awareness Network, (2001).Young Canadians In A Wired World, Environics Research Group. www.media-awareness.ca
  6. Crimes Against Children Research Center – University of New Hampshire Mitchell, K.J., D. Finkelhor and J.Wolak (2003) The Exposure of Youth to Unwanted Sexual Material on the Interent, Youth & Society, 34 (3), March 2003, p.330-358.
  7. WebWise Kids – interactive game: www.webwisekids.com/
  8. Wolak, J., K.J. Mitchell and D. Finkelhor (2003). Escaping or Connecting? Characteristics of youth who form close online relationships. Journal of Adolescence, (26) p.105-119.
  9. Yahoo Terms of Agreement Policy http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/
  10. Net Family News www.netfamilynews.org
  11. The Online Safety Project www.safekids.com
  12. Smart Kids Video: www.otip.com/smartkids/
  13. Blogger who tells kids how to sneak through net filters.
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