“Own Your Space–Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online”

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Nameless, Faceless Children (Blogs & Internet Safety)

Julie A. Cunningham writes

Online threats related to student blogging, as long as students are not disclosing personal information like “I’m home alone after school and here’s my address” or utilizing chat rooms/messaging where they engage in cyberbullying, are really not a threat.

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I think we need to realize that we put our children ‘at risk’ regularly. Take a look at the following risky scenarios:

Scenario 1: Johnny has a recreational soccer game on Saturday morning for the 7 & 8 year old league, which was published in the newspaper. His last name is on his jersey. His parents and uncle cheer loudly from the sidelines “Go Johnny!”. He holds a water bottle with his elementary school name and logo printed on it. Oh, and by the way, his face is visible. (Personal Information Disclosed: child’s full name, school name, age, and image)

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Hector Protector

Hector Protector is a “safety button” to protect children from inappropriate Internet content.  The Hector safety button is the first stage of the Internet Safety Group’s education initiative – Hector’s World – designed for children between the ages of 3 and 10.  For more information see

Keeping Safe in Social Networking Sites

People socialise all the time in everyday life – it’s normal human behaviour. In today’s world, however, people are also socialising on the Internet thanks to a new type of website which connects people with common interests. These sites are commonly known as social networking web sites. Some of the most popular include YouTube, Bebo, MySpace and MSN Spaces. The popularity of these websites is quickly growing with many of them having millions of registered members. They attract people of all ages and are particularly popular with children and youth. Social networking on the Internet can be great fun, but with it there are some potential dangers that need to be addressed. If your children are using these sites (or plan to in the future) you need to help them understand the risks and provide them with strategies to stay out of danger. In this feature article learn more about these social networking websites, why children enjoy them so much, what the dangers are and what you can do to help your children them stay safe when using them.

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Internet popups on your home computer

What are Pop Ups?

There are a number of different types of pop ups but generally pop ups are small windows that appear in an Internet browser when you or your family is using the World Wide Web.

Pop ups can be grouped as:

Browser pop ups. These are the pop ups that appear when you are looking at web pages. They often contain advertising or inappropriate content.

  • Browser pop unders. Windows generated underneath the current web page you are viewing and appear after you start closing down the windows in the foreground.
  • Messenger Service advertisements. These windows appear like real system messages generated by your own computer. They may be seen if you are using Windows 2000 or XP.
  • Spyware generated pop ups. Pop ups created by malicious computer programs or spyware installed on your computer.
  • Pop ups can start appearing for a variety of reasons such as when something like a link or picture on a web page is clicked on or you move your mouse over a hidden trigger for example.

    There are some pop ups, however, that are legitimate and are used for meaningful purposes in some websites.

    What are the Dangers of Pop Ups?

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    Growing up online

    “a must watch for all teachers, parents and anyone involved with students or children going online. The video was released  on the PBS network as part of the Frontline program. Growing Up Online explores a large number of issues about students growing up online and the challenges that everyone face from parents to teachers and most importantly students.There are teacher notes , the website as a whole has lots of information and links and provides a lot of good useful information. It is important to note that the show does focus on the negative side of going online, and that anyone using or showing clips need to ensure audiences know that going online has a lot of advantages and positives – we just need to get a balance and educate our children and their parents and teachers.”

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    Children Largely Surf the Web Unsupervised.

    From an interim report on media use …

    more than a third of 12-15 year-olds now have internet access in their bedrooms. Yet, just under half of the parents have implemented internet filtering or parental controls, leaving nearly 60% of youngsters in the 12-15 age group to use the internet unsupervised.

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    Sexting and Cyber Safety

    Sexting and Cyber Safety
    Gina Healy didn’t expect to hold an assembly with her middle schoolers about sexting. But after the school newspaper wrote about an alleged incident involving 8th graders sending nude photos over cell phones, Healy consulted with the Newton, PA, police department—and then talked to her students.

    “It’s a new twist to old issues,” says Healy, principal at F.A. Day Middle School. “How do you tell someone you like them in 2009?” more » » »

    Study: Parents clueless about kids’ internet use


    A recent survey by internet security firm Symantec Corp. suggests that many parents are unaware of their children’s internet activity and typically underestimate how often their kids encounter online threats. | Full Story

    Facebook, states set online safeguards

    Facebook, the world’s second-largest social-networking web site, will add more than 40 new safeguards to protect students and other users from sexual predators and cyber bullies, attorneys general from several states said May 8.
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