Internet Safety- A Parent Discussion
Pam Martin, Clayton Elementary Counselor
Howard J Martin, Instructional Technology Facilitator, AISD
Information taken with permission from:
Dr. Russell A. Sabella, Florida Gulf Coast University
Dr. Sabella’s workshop: http://www.schoolcounselor.com/safety/index.asp
or as a 12 page handout: http://coe.fgcu.edu/faculty/sabella/safety.pdf
• Make account private • Understand the “rules of engagement” • No
personal/private information is shared • Friends pages are monitored
Same zero tolerance response as with physical bullying. Report it to the
No blocking software is 100% secure and there are many delivery methods.
Point to point or Peer to Peer. Sharing data shared on personal computers.
Nearly impossible to remove a source file.
Anybody can post any opinion online. “Just because it is online doesn’t make
it true.” Check sources and determine validity.
Blogging (Online Web Logs), Email, Instant Message (IM), Chatting,
Podcasting, VOIP (Voice Over IP)
Illegal downloads, stealing intellectual property, cheating on assignments
Respect Copyrights.org – http://www.respectcopyrights.com
Plagiarism Prevention – http://turnitin.com
What Can You Do As A Parent?
Texas Attorney General’s Office – Cyber Crimes
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Focus on purpose and value of online activity.
Develop a relationship of trust with the child.
Supervise when online. Use limited accounts.
Provide structure and rules for being online.
Use extra security software to protect your child and computer.
Use filters built into search engines and online resources.
Keep computer operating system ‘tuned up’.
Support academic efforts in media literacy.
Know the computer lingo. http://www.missingkids.com/adcouncil/lingo.html
Use family friendly cell phones for children IF they have to have one.
Actively monitor child email accounts by forwarding copies of all incoming
and outgoing to a parent. Restrict sending to address book addresses.
Google yourself and your family.
Check for personal information:
Google Blogs http://blogsearch.google.com/
Google Groups http://groups.google.com
Yahoo Groups http://groups.yahoo.com
Report inappropriate contact to: http://www.cybertipline.org
What Your Child Can Do http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm
Never arrange meetings.
Never send your photo to someone you don’t personally know.
Never give out identifying information.
Never download files from an unknown source.
Never respond to online message that are suggestive, obscene, or harassing.
Never let anyone else use your cell phone.
Don’t text people you don’t know.
Keep a copy of all passwords with a parent.
Kid Online Commandments: http://www.komando.com/kimskidscontract.html
Nickelodeon’s Kid Safety Page: http://www.nick.com/blab/safety/index.jhtml