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									                              The Adventures of Natalie the Net Nanny
                                 Internet Safety Family Handbook
                             Completely KIDS and Cox Communications

Dear Parent(s):

Completely KIDS helps parents keep their children safe and informed through a unique prevention theater
program, The Adventures of Natalie the Net Nanny or Net Nanny, as it’s affectionately called. Your
child’s class will be viewing a special performance of this Internet safety play on
____________________ at _____________ a.m./p.m.

Presented by professional actors from the Circle Theater, this interactive play provides critical and timely
Internet safety lessons for children as they do online homework, play web games, chat with friends in
cyberspace and blog on sites like

Many of you know that the Internet – while an excellent learning tool – comes with risks. From cyber-
bullying to financial scams to child sexual predators, kids encounter threats that go beyond the digital
world. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, one of every five kids who
use the computer is solicited for illegal activity, and only 10% of solicitations are reported. Even more
frightening, a Cox Communications study showed that 14% of kids have had face-to-face meetings with
strangers they’ve met on the Internet!

Through Net Nanny – a laugh-out-loud, yet educational performance – your child will be introduced to
concrete techniques which will help them recognize, resist and report inappropriate material or dangerous
people they may encounter online.

Completely KIDS recognizes that parents are their children’s #1 educator. We encourage you to attend
the show, but we realize that families’ schedules are incredibly stretched these days so we’ve included a
packet of information, which we hope you’ll find helpful. If you would like to learn more about Net
Nanny or other Completely KIDS programs, please contact Haley Haas at 402-397-5809 ext. 231 or at

Together, we can keep our children and our community safe!

Completely KIDS

     P.S. Completely KIDS addresses the needs of the whole child – learning, life
     skills, family relationships, and nutrition. At Completely KIDS, our building
     becomes a home away from home for at-risk youth in Omaha. We provide
     outcomes-based programs that give youth the tools they need, from academic
     support to healthy relationships, to grow into confident, contributing
     members of our community.
Kids are active online:
 94% of kids today, ages 8 and older, use the Internet.
 61% of 13- to 17-year-olds have a personal profile on sites such as MySpace, Friendster or
    Xanga. Half have posted pictures of themselves online.
 Older teens (16- to 17-year-olds) and girls represent the majority of youths who use the
    Internet for social interaction, meeting friends and networking.

However, many have also been exposed to potential risks:
 14% have actually met face-to-face with someone they had known only through the Internet.
 30% have considered meeting someone they’ve only communicated with online.
 71% reported receiving messages online from a stranger.
 45% have been asked for personal information by someone they don’t know.

Parents and guardians impact their child’s online experience:
 33% of 13- to 17-year-olds reported that their parents or guardians know ―very little‖ or
    ―nothing‖ about what they do on the Internet.
 On the other hand, 36% of youth said their parents or guardians have talked to them ―a lot‖
    about online safety.
 Fewer teens whose parents and guardians have talked to them ―a lot‖ about online safety
    have an instant messaging (IM) name or pictures of themselves on the Internet, compared to
    kids whose parents or guardians haven’t talked to them at all.
 More teens who’ve talked to parents or guardians ignore messages from unfamiliar people,
    refuse to reply, block unknown senders and report to trusted adults.

                                Parents do have the power to
                                    keep their kids safe!

                             The national Internet survey was funded by Cox Communications
                             in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited
                             Children, and was conducted among 1,160 teens age 13 to 17
                             during March 2006. The research was conducted by Teenage
                             Research Unlimited (TRU).

   Give kids cyber-smarts: All kids need help learning to resist online (and offline) negative
    pressure in order to make responsible choices. Negative pressure can span from gossip and
    cyber-bullying to enticing ads for free X-boxes to sexual predators. Help your kids develop
    healthy skepticism and critical thinking!

   Keep it in the family: Keep the computer in the family room or in other open areas. Be
    aware of any other computers your children might be using.

   Supervise: While it’s tempting for busy parents to use the computer as a babysitter, try to
    limit your children’s use of electronic tools to when you are present. Help child set up
    accounts for e-mail, personal Myspace webpages or IM accounts. Visit and review often.
    Ask yourself whether the information is appropriate or too detailed? Are the pictures
    provocative. Who are they talking to? Most important, have they kept their profiles private,
    protected by a password to keep strangers out? If your child complains about lack of
    privacy, offer them an old-fashioned paper diary with a lock and key!

   Secure the computer: Cox Communications offers customers a security suite at no
    additional charge that includes parental controls, pop-up blocker, anti-spyware, anti-spam
    and firewalls. Parents can also get a daily web history report of kids’ Internet activity.

   Tune in about music downloading: Be sure your kids are not downloading and sharing
    copyrighted materials illegally.

   Talk about spam: There is no such thing as a free I-pod! Explain to your children what
    spam is and caution them to never respond to commercial e-mail or open e-mail attachments
    from unknown senders.

   Go Online Yourself: Select child-friendly search engines to assist your children in
    completing their homework. Cox has a list of these resources and other helpful links at

   Create House Rules: Create simple, easy-to-read house rules about using the Internet and
    post them on or near the monitor. You and your kids can establish a family contract
    outlining your family's rules of acceptable Internet usage (see page 10). And don't be afraid
    to enforce it!

   Create Passwords: Internet accounts should be in your name, with parents having the
    primary screen name, controlling passwords, and using blocking and/or filtering devices.
    Children should not complete a profile for a service provider and should use only
    nondescript screen names that don't identify themselves as children.
   Check the address: When you are communicating personal information, make sure you are
    on a secure web site by looking at the beginning of the web site address – it should start with
    https:// and not just http://. The ―s‖ in the address signifies that it is a secure site.

   Go tell: If you come across a phishing e-mail or a pharming site, be sure to report it:
          Forward the e-mail to .
          Forward the e-mail to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at
          Forward the e-mail to the ―abuse‖ e-mail address at the company that is being
           imitated (e.g. if the e-mail is imitating Cox Communications, forward it to
          Forward the entire original e-mail, including the original subject line
          Also, notify the Internet Fraud Complaint Center of the FBI at

    Talk about Cyber-bullying: A 4th grader finds that she’s been voted the ugliest girl in
     school on an online polling booth .…A teen is blackmailed to fork over cash or see an
     embarrassing photo of himself posted on web…A junior high student discovers the boy she
     thought she was dating through is really a malicious adult neighbor. Unlike
     the playground, the Internet allows bullies to harass their victims anonymously,
     instantaneously and in front of a world-wide-web audience! Surveys found that 33% of
     teens were subject to some sort of cyber-bullying, and girls tend to be worse than boys.
     Make sure your child knows to come to you if he/she has encountered cruel or belligerent
     material via e-mail, instant messaging (IMing), chat rooms, bash boards, personal websites,
     blogs or online voting booths. Do not respond to cyber-bullies. Instead, inform your
     Internet Service Provider and your local police. Above all, stay involved, stay alert and
     stay supportive!

    Chat about Chat Rooms: Ask your kids to show you what they do online and visit their
     favorite sites and chat rooms. Limit chat room access to child-friendly sites. Talk with your
     children about never meeting a new online "friend" face-to-face. Forbid your child from
     entering private chat rooms; and block them with safety features provided by your Internet
     service provider. Posting messages to chat rooms reveals your child’s e-mail address to

    Try Actual Reality: The computer is a powerful vehicle for learning, communication and
     recreation, but know when enough is enough. Turn off, unplug and encourage your
     children to spend time with your family and friends off line and in the real world!

Beware of Spyware: Spyware is software that can advertise, collect personal information or
change the configuration of your computer – usually without your permission. Along with
compromising your privacy, spyware can bog down your computer and cause it to be sluggish.
Cox recommends using Anti-Spyware and a firewall, which are part of Cox’s free Security Suite.

Inoculate your computer: Viruses can be spread via e-mail, instant messages, downloaded
materials. Cox Security Suite can rest assured that they are protected. The Security Suite's "On
Access Virus Scanning" checks each file before it runs and keeps computers safe from harm.
For more information, visit


Protect yourself from scams… If it sounds too good to be true – it probably isn’t. Urban legends
and hoaxes have been around for centuries, and their popularity is on the rise because the
Internet makes it easy to spread fraudulent e-mails. Be suspicious of any e-mail with urgent
requests for personal financial information. Phishers usually include exciting or upsetting false
statements, inspiring recipients to enter their personal information immediately. A good rule of
thumb is to not ―verify your account information‖ via email. These are usually phishing scam
attempts to try and ―fish‖ for personal information such as account numbers and passwords.

Make sure you have a security software: Security software should be installed and up-to-date
on your computer(s). Spam-blocking software can prevent most phishing scams from reaching
your e-mail box. Anti-virus software, anti-spyware, firewall protection and parental controls will
spare you from a number of other online hassles. Cox customers can go to and download a complete suite of security software that contains all of
these elements at no charge.

Be stingy with your information: Never give out identifying information — home address,
school name or telephone number — in a public message such as chat or newsgroups, and be
sure you’re dealing with someone both you and your children know and trust before giving out
this information. Think carefully before revealing any personal information such as age, financial
information or marital status. Do not post photographs of your children in newsgroups or on web
sites that are available to the public. Consider using a pseudonym, avoid listing your child’s
name and e-mail address in any public directories and profiles and find out about your ISP’s
privacy policies and exercise your options for how your personal information may be used.

  Below is a list of top Internet acronyms parents need to know. Become familiar with these
  acronyms and let your children chat online only with family and approved friends.

  143: I Love You                                    MOOS: Member(S) Of The Opposite Sex
  182: I Hate You                                    MOSS: Member Of Same Sex
  459: I Love You                                    Morf: Male Or Female
  420: Marijuana                                     MOS: Mom Over Shoulder
  A/S/L: Age, Sex, Location                          NMU: Not Much, You?
  ADR: Address                                       NP: Nosy Parents
  ASL: Age/Sex/Location                              OLL: Online Love
  BF: Boyfriend                                      P911: Parent Alert
  CD9: Code 9 = Parents Are Around                   PAL: Parents Are Listening
  DIKU: Do I Know You?                               PAW: Parents Are Watching
  F2F: Face To Face                                  PIR: Parent In Room
  GF: Girlfriend                                     POS: Parent Over Shoulder
  H&K: Hug And Kiss                                  PRON: Porn
  KOL: Kiss On Lips                                  PM: Private Message
  LOL: Laugh Out Loud                                RU/18: Are You Over 18?
  LTR: Long Term Relationship                        S2R: Send To Receive (Pictures)
  KFY: Kiss For You                                  TAW: Teachers Are Watching
  KPC: Keeping Parents Clueless                      WTGP: Want To Go Private
  LMIRL: Let's Meet In Real Life                     WYCM: Will You Call Me?

Know WHO is talking to your child…
    And WHAT he’s saying…

    Parents' Pledge:

 I will get to know my child’s online activities.
 I will set reasonable rules guidelines for computer use and will discuss these rules.
 I will not overreact if my child tells me about an Internet problem. Instead, we'll work
  together to try to solve the problem and prevent it from happening again.
 I will try to get to know my child's "online friends" just as I try get to know his or her other

    Kids' Pledge:

 I will never give out personal information such as my address; telephone number; or the
  name and location of my school without my parents’ permission.
 I will not use a screen name that tells people I’m a child.
 I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel
 I will never meet an online ―friend‖ face-to-face.
 I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my
 I will never respond to offensive or dangerous e-mails, chat, or other communications. If I
  receive any upsetting messages, I will tell my parents immediately.
 I will not give out my Internet password to anyone (even my best friends) other than my
 I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the
 I will help my parents understand how to have fun and learn things online!

Parent(s): _____________________ Date: ___________

Child: ________________________ Date: ___________

Child: ________________________ Date: ___________

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