Internet Safety for Kids
The internet is not only a wonderful educational resource, but a great place to socialize! However, not unlike a huge city, we must learn to be “street smart” and protect ourselves when online. Think of the world wide web as a giant metropolitian area you’re visiting. Take the steps to protect yourself so that you’ll have the safest and most enjoyable experience possible.
The Curse of “TMI” (Too much information)
How much/what is too much?
Leaving cell phone numbers in away messages
Leaving other identifying material in away messages, such as “Gone to the movies, be back around 11:00”)
MySpace Photos ~ The danger of students posting photos in their “team shirt” or hat, which will undoubtedly identify to a predator, where the child goes to school.
Using identifying factors as a screen name, ie first name, last name, etc.
What should not be shared:
Names, addresses, school, photos, phone numbers, place of employment or other “hangouts”
Someone asking for “ASL” (age, sex, location)
Asks to send or receive pics
Tries to meet in person
Asks that the relationship/friendship be kept secret
Wants to send gifts or cards
Conversations start becoming sexual in nature or make YOU feel uncomfortable.
Stress the importance of listening to that “6th sense”…that “gut feeling.”
What to Do:
Tell the person to STOP
Tell a trusted adult
Document everything (save/copy/paste/print)
Contact the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force
Contact National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Other things to note:
URL of where this was happening
Screen name of offender
Keep your Myspace profile PRIVATE
Take the additional steps and demand that someone who “friend requests” you must know your email address or last name.
Do not LIE about your age. It is dangerous and will inevitably invite unwanted friend requests and friendships.
If you MUST post photos on Myspace, do not post anything personal and REFRAIN from using a personal photo as your default photo. Even if your profile is private, people can still see that default photo!
Alternatives/Ideas? An animal, a favorite car, a cartoon character, TV show/movie, sport or celebrity, etc.
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