Internet Safety

Internet Safety

Internet Safety is an important skill in today’s world. Students have access to the internet 24/7 and use it as their main form of communication. Many students find chatting or using Instant Messaging (IM) easier than talking face to face. However, students who are technologically proficient can communicate anywhere, with anyone, at any time via chat rooms and the IM network… without an adult’s permission or knowledge. This is a potentially dangerous situation because many online predators, hackers, or criminals are lurking; waiting for students to give clues as to their whereabouts and personal lives.

As an educator, it is important to make students, parents, and the community aware of these online dangers. It is even more important to teach students to identify the “warning signs” of an impending dangerous situation.

Internet Safety Tips:

  • Never give out personal information, such as full name, address, phone number, Social Security number, school name, hometown, picture, or passwords.
  • Never meet someone in person that you have met online without an adult’s permission.
  • Never enter into a chat room without an adult’s permission. Some “kids” that you meet may not be who they say they are.
  • Always be suspicious of someone if they try to turn you against your family, teachers, or friends.
  • Never respond to an email, chat, or IM from someone new without an adult checking it out first. Never continue a conversation with someone if they make you feel uncomfortable in any way. If this happens, show the reply to an adult.
  • Choose a non gender-specific and non identifiable nickname.
  • Know how to safe conversations.
  • Never use the automatic login on a shared computer.
  • Remember to treat others with respect and use good “netiquette.”

Other Links to Check Out:

http://ilearn.isafe.org/

http://www.netsmartz.org/

http://www.safekids.com/

http://disney.go.com/corporate/legal/safety_tips.html

http://www.getnetwise.org/

http://www.safeteens.com/

http://www.fbi.gov/kids/k5th/safety2.htm

http://www.wiredkidz.org/

http://www.mcgruff.org/advice/online_safety.php http://www.somers.k12.ct.us/common/internet_safety.html

Created on 8/9/2009 - Last updated on 11/14/2009
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