SAFETY BY AGE
Age 4 - 7
• Greatest risk is seeing inappropriate
• Use child safe search engines
• Allow them to access sites
you have screened and
Age 7 - 10
• Beginning to look outside of the family for
• Beginning to be affected by peer pressure
• Want to begin exploration on their own
• Important to stay nearby
• Keep the computer in a central place
(kitchen, family room)
• They are still monitored but feel
Age 10 - 12
• Key is not just what they see and do on
the internet, but how much time
• Be sure they are involved in other
• Starting to form their own values
• Credibility is a key issue
• Not everything they see on
the internet is true or valuable
Age 12 - 14
• Very social at this age
• Chat is the big online activity
• Important to go over basic privacy rules
• Sexual curiosity is beginning
• Internet filters
• Playing games and
• Monitoring software
• Important to create a climate of trust and
• Continual reinforcement of family values
Age 14 - 17
• Very anxious to experience independence
away from parents
• there is always the possibility that he will
meet someone online who makes him feel
good and makes him want to strike up an
in-person relationship. It is extremely
important that teens understand that
people they meet online are not
necessarily who they seem to be.
KINDS OF RISKS
KINDS OF RISKS
1. Meeting Someone Online
2. Loss of Privacy
3. Getting Into Online "Fights"
4. File-Sharing/Peer-to-Peer Programs
5. Making Threats/Law Breaking
6. Inappropriate Material
7. If I read it online is it true?
8. Putting People In Jeopardy
9. Drugs and Other Substances
MEETING SOMEONE ONLINE
• Dateline Video
• almost all young people who have left home on
their own volition, usually after "meeting"
• The vast majority of them are over 15 and
• luring is illegal, and if your child meets someone
online whom you perceive to be a threat to her
physical safety, contact law enforcement.
• Parents should take an interest in a child's "e-
pals" just as they do with friends that kids bring
• Talk with your child about the dangers of getting
together with someone they "meet" online.
• Restrict or monitor your child's use of chat
• Monitor your child's e-mail and use of Internet
• Install a filter that restricts your child from giving
out his or her name, address, and phone
• Video “Amy’s Choice”
LOSS OF PRIVACY
• Dateline Video
• Disclosing your address, telephone number, or
even your name to a stranger can put you or
family members in danger.
• Children should also be instructed not to give
out personal information to Web sites of
companies and organizations, even if they have
heard of them or have good feelings about them.
• Video “Tracking Theresa”
• The trouble with expressing anger on the
Internet is that it's sometimes difficult to
• you don't have the normal clues
• Emoticons can be helpful
• Video: GetNetWise | File-sharing Risks
• Peer-to-peer or file-sharing programs
allow you to share your files with others
on the Internet -- and vice versa.
• Sharing files with people you don't trust
is a matter of hygiene -- and you should
keep your computer as clean as possible.
• Many file-sharing programs allow children to
access inappropriate audio and video clips --
most of a sexually explicit nature.
• Many things available on file-sharing
networks, including many movies, songs,
and video games, are copyrighted by the
• could put you in serious legal trouble.
• some file-sharing programs may expose
your entire hard drive to all other users of
the file-sharing software.
– Tax information
– Bank account information
• Video “Angela’s Experience”
• Kids should remember that anything they
say about anyone can be viewed by
people all over the world and can have a
damaging effect on the person being
• If you or your child receive serious and
frightening threats online, contact law
• Sexual content
• Set rules about where kids can go online and what to do
if they stumble upon inappropriate sites.
• Keep any connected computer in a public area of the
house (not a child's bedroom), and make sure that other
family members walk in the room periodically.
• Consider not allowing children and teens to use the
Internet if parents aren't home. You may wish to consider
using time-limiting software to make sure that kids can
go online only when you're around.
• Consider checking the browser history to see where kids
have been and having a "talk" if they are visiting
• Consider installing monitoring software that tracks where
kids have been.
• Consider installing filtering software that blocks kids from
visiting sites that you feel are in appropriate.
IF I READ IT ONLINE, IT’S TRUE
• make sense of the material they uncover and distinguish
between fact, opinion, rumors, and lies.
• Learn how to use search engines and how to limit results
of searches. You may wish to make use of some of the
great kids' sites listed here on GetNetWise, or some of
the safe search engines.
• Understand the difference between reliable and
unreliable sources. Get to know the reliable sources on
• Have kids cite all of their sources so that teachers and
parents can help distinguish between reliable and
What are the signs your child might
be at risk for online danger?
• Your child spends large amounts of
time on-line, especially at night.
• You find pornography on your child's
• Your child receives phone calls from
men you don't know or is making calls,
sometimes long distance, to numbers
you don't recognize.
• Your child receives mail, gifts, or
packages from someone you don't
• Your child turns the computer monitor
off or quickly changes the screen on
the monitor when you come into the
• Your child becomes withdrawn from
• Your child is using an on-line account
belonging to someone else.
Tools for Families
Browsers for Kids
• Ask Jeeves (http://www.ask.com/)
• Kid’s Search Tools
• Awesome Library for Kids
Identify the problem.
Who should you contact for help?
Teach your child how to avoid trouble in the