A Practical Guide for
Mifflin County School District
November 8, 2007
What is Social Networking?
• Members have profiles
• May contain personal information
• Used to connect with others
• Often includes a blog, pictures, songs, videos,
• Teens gather with friends online
• Most are not there to meet strangers
• Most ignore adults
• Most go online to do good things
Instant Messaging and Texting
•AIM or AOL Instant Messenger is a tool used by people all over the world to
send messages back and forth instantaneously.
•User A sends a message and User B can see the message and respond back
with little to no time lapse.
•Unlike e-mailing, instant messaging allows users to see their respondent’s
status (such as away, or unable to answer).
• A “Buddy List” shows the status of all of the users buddies or friends. From the
Buddy List, a user can see all the profiles of his/her buddies.
• Also from a buddy list, a user can block or warn buddies. If someone whom the
user does not want to talk to, or does not know tries to contact them, they can
block the other user, and all correspondence from that user will be automatically
•The user can also change their personal settings to block any user who is not
on their buddy list. In this way, they can block anyone they do not know.
Surrahbeth: “Hey girl!”
Sammibabi08: “Hey girl!”
Surrahbeth: “What are you up to?”
Sammibabi08: “Not too much. What about you?”
Surrahbeth: “None of your business, just kidding!”
Sammibabi08: “Rolling on the floor laughing out loud
and peeing my pants”
Surrahbeth: “Sorry, I could not resist!”
Sammibabi08: “You are gonna love this. Do you
Surrahbeth: “I’ve never seen him face to face.”
Sammibabi08: “Well, he’s texting me!”
Surrahbeth: “Oh, no, not this again!”
Sammibabi08: “I know. Anyway, I said, “Let’s just be
Surrahbeth: “Put your mind in gear before
opening your mouth! He might be good for you!”
Sammibabi08: “What do you mean by that?”
Surrahbeth: “I don’t know. He might be a good
Sammibabi08: “Sitting in chair snickering! I see
what you mean though.”
Surrahbeth: “Anyway, get on with it!”
Sammibabi08: “He’s a cutie! A definite work of art!”
Surrahbeth: “I heard! From a friend of a friend!”
Sammibabi08: “Anyway, on a totally unrelated
Surrahbeth: “This ought to be good.”
Sammibabi08: “Whatever! Calculus homework?”
Sammibabi08: “There ought to be a law against it!”
• Offensive, sexual, or
• Due Diligence
• Increasingly difficult to
responses to the
• Students may post:
– Illicit or illegal
• Students will post
outside of school!
Threats and Cyber-bullying
• Students may post
• Threats that impact
academics are a
• Credible threats
may be a criminal
Fraud and Identity Theft
• Students may put
their families and
friends at risk
• Students are at risk
• Identity Theft
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 10:23 AM
Subject: The Juniata Valley Bank Online Multiple Password Failure
The Juniata Valley Bank is devoted to keeping a safe environment for its community of consumers and producers. To guarantee the safety of
your account, The Juniata Valley Bank deploys some of the most advanced security measures in the world and our anti-fraud units regularly
screen the The Juniata Valley Bank database for suspicious activity.
We recently have discovered that multiple computers have attempted to log into your The Juniata Valley Bank Online Banking account, and
multiple password failures were presented before the logons. We now require you to re-validate your account information to us. If this is not
completed by November 20, 2005, we will be forced to suspend your account indefinitely, as it may have been used for fraudulent purposes.
We thank you for your cooperation in this manner.
In order to confirm your Online Bank records, we may require some specific information from you.
Click Here or on the link below to verify your account
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that this is a security measure meant to help protect you and your
We apologize for any inconvenience.
If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to temporary suspend your account.
The Juniata Valley Bank Security Team
Stalkers and Predators
• Most serious
• Predators do hunt
• Students can protect
INTERNET SAFETY TIPS
Know who you are dealing with
Download security patches and use
the most current versions of software.
Install and use Anti Virus Software
that scans your email for viruses.
Do not open file attachments that you
weren’t expecting, even from people
Install a fire wall especially if you have
DSL, a cable modem or if you are
always connected to the internet.
Use strong passwords that contain
letters and numbers and don’t share
these passwords or save them in a file.
Do not set your
browser to remember
Back up important files onto
Turn off software features you
Examples- File and
Check your security settings
twice a year.
Don’t be intimidated by children
who know more than you do.
MCSD Internet Safety Resources
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