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Internet Safety

Great Sites

  • www.netsmartz.org -   Internet safety for all ages – awesome activities to do with your child

  • http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/ - Instant messengers and internet filter/blocker reviews

  • http://www.getnetwise.org/ - plain language explanations of software

  • www.ikeepsafe.org – Internet safety for k-6

  • www.onguardonline.gov - OnGuard Online provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology community to help you guard against internet fraud, secure your computers, and protect your privacy.

  • www.webwisekids.org - Kids, parents, teachers and law enforcement discover innovative Internet safety education programs to protect today’s youth from online dangers.

    Common Sense Media.org – Excellent site for parents and educators.  Parents can find reviews of movies, video games, kid-friendly apps, and great advice for talking to your kids about all things digital.  Educators can download the Digital Citizenship Curriculum for k-12 – free!!!!

    Net Family News – Great newsletter for parents and educators regarding kids’ use of technology.  Keep up with emerging trends in technology and Internet Safety 3.0.

    ConnectSafely.org – Information for parents and teens on using technology wisely.  Also provides a great guide for how to set the recommended privacy settings for facebook.

    Cyberbullyhelp.org – Educate yourself regarding cyberbullying on this site.  It also provides quick links to report abuse on facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 

ABCs of Cyberbullying for Students

Cyberbullying Quick Reference Guide for Parents

Help Tips for Reporting Offensive Profiles To Social Networking Sites

(click here for adobe pdf of this section)

Compiled by Patti Agatston, Ph.D.
Prevention/Intervention Center
2/15/07

 MySpace:

 1.          MySpace provides a link in their help center to report offensive profiles.  You can also enter this url to get to the help page that has a link to report harassment or threats:

                www.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=misc.faq&Category=6&Question=6

 2.         Educators can report an “imposter profile” that targets them on MySpace.  This is also under the help center and frequently asked questions.  The link for educators to report fake profiles targeting faculty members is:

                 www.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=misc.faq&Category=6&Question=39

 3.        Parents can request that their child’s profile be removed.  The link to make that request is on the parent safety tips page.  Here is the url:                          www.myspace.com/Modules/Common/Pages/SafetyTips.aspx# 

4.         Anyone can report inappropriate content.  This information is also on the help page.  The link is:

                            www.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=misc.faq&Category=3&Question=27

 Facebook:

1.         Abuse can be reported by e-mailing Facebook directly at privacy@facebook.com.  There is also a link provided under the security page of Facebook.  The security page link is:  www.facebook.com/help.php#cat25

Scroll down to the security section and click on the link to report abuse.

2.          If someone is harassing/libeling you, Facebook gives the following recommendations:

             “We suggest that you block the person by listing his or her name in the "Blocking People" box at the bottom of the My Privacy page. If this does not resolve the problem, please write an email to info@facebook.com from your login email address. We will need to know your name, login email address, and school. Also, please provide the name and school of the person who is harassing you along with a description of the situation.”

3.             Use the e-mail info@facebook.com to report any other information that you think should not be posted.

Xanga

1.             Schools and parents can contact Xanga for help at the following url:

          http://help.xanga.com/contact/parentcontact.htm

2.             Xanga also provides a link to wiredsafety’s cyber abuse hotline for severe cases of cyber bullying or other abuses such as cyberstalking,     identity theft and child exploitation.  The link to wired safety’s cyberabuse hotline is:

http://www.wiredsafety.org/911/index.html

Youtube

The guidelines for uploading appropriate videos are posted on Youtube’s community guidelines.  Here is the link:

http://youtube.com/t/community_guidelines

Anyone can flag a video as inappropriate.  If Youtube reviews the video and finds it to be inappropriate, the video is shut down.  If they decide to terminate the user’s account the user is prohibited from ever having another account on Youtube.

Check your zip code for Pedophiles

 How to check where they surfed

  • Check the history, if the history is blank then ask why they cleared it.

  • Check the Temporary internet files.

    • Click on tools/internet options/settings/view file.

    • This will give you a list of all of the graphics and cookies downloaded onto your computer.

    • Click on a couple and see if they are appropriate.

 Run a Spyware blocking program

 My House Rules

  • No chat rooms

  • If you feel threatened, come get the parent to help save the conversation (if you get mad and exit, all the data is gone).

    • Block and remove that person from AIM, MySpace friend list, Facebook friend list

  • We don’t talk about other people, our feelings, or personal information on-line – ever, end of story.

  • Warning - Other kids can sign on with other people’s accounts and pretend to be someone different – be aware of out of the ordinary questions.

Articles and fact sheets about youth culture 


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Fax Number: 678-594-8963
Jeff Inman - Coordinator

  Send questions or comments to Jeff Inmanjeff.inman@cobbk12.org
  Page last updated on 11/02/12.