Safety on the Internet

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					Internet Safety
    By Karen Huddas
Miller Elementary School
     Media Specialist
       What Is the Internet?

• The internet is simply thousands of
  computers all connected together in one big,
  world-wide network. Our computers at home
  are linked to this network by an internet
  service provider – a company that allows us
  to dial into its own computers, usually via our
  telephone lines.
• Like the library, the internet contains
  information on almost any topic you can
  imagine in many formats, including
  books, articles, videos, and music
• Like the newspaper, the internet can give
  you new information every day, including
  world news, business, sports, travel,
  entertainment, and ads.

• Email is sent from computer to
  computer over the internet
• Like the U.S. Postal service, the internet
  allows anyone who knows your internet
  address to send you a letter. (It's called
  electronic mail, or e-mail for short)

• Newsgroups are online discussion
  groups where messages relating to
  specific subjects can be posted. People
  who sign up to the newsgroup can read
  the messages and post a response.

• Like the telephone, the internet allows you to
  "chat" with other people by participating in
  online discussion groups.
• Real time chat is very popular with kids, and
  some web sites feature chat rooms, which are
  areas users can enter using a nickname and
  have live text conversations with each other.
  (Instant messaging).
        Getting Around

Keep an eye on the kind of material your
 children are looking at, and make use of
 the tools that are available to help you
 choose what you do and don't want them
 to see.
         Keeping In Touch

• Get to know who your children are meeting
  online and make sure they don't give out any
  personal information about themselves
  without your knowledge and consent. Never
  let them arrange to meet someone they have
  met on in an offline environment without you
             Time Spent

• Limit the amount of time your children
  spend online, and encourage them to
  keep up their other activities and
             Stay Involved

• Know what your children are doing!
• Learn as much as you can about the internet
  yourself. Surfing should be a family activity,
  so that you can find your way around together
  and discuss any problems you encounter.
• Safety tips -
• Think positive – take the time to find the best
  and most useful sites for you and your

• Pre-screened websites
   – Webquests
   – Internet scavenger hunts (listing websites)
• Parents guide to the internet
 Child Safe Search Engines

• Search engines are programs that you
  can select from your web browser to
  enable you to search the internet by
  keywords or topics.
• Popular search engines
         Filtering Software

• Commercial internet filtering software
  (consumer reports)
• Child safe internet provider ex. AOL
Have Fun on the Internet

      • Be safe!

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