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Internet Safety

Internet Safety Websites

·         http://www.interiorwebdesign.com/guide-for-children-and-kids-safety-on-the-web

·         http://www.nsteens.org/

·         http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/net_safety.html

·         http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide

·         http://www.staysafeonline.org/

·         http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/

·         http://www.internetsafety101.org

 

Cyberbullying

Being a victim of cyberbullying can be a common and painful experience. Some youth who cyberbully

  • Pretend they are other people online to trick others
  • Spread lies and rumors about victims
  • Trick people into revealing personal information
  • Send or forward mean text messages
  • Post pictures of victims without their consent

When teens were asked why they think others cyberbully, 81 percent said that cyberbullies think it’s funny. Other teens believe that youth who cyberbully

  • Don’t think it’s a big deal
  • Don’t think about the consequences
  • Are encouraged by friends
  • Think everybody cyberbullies
  • Think they won’t get caught 

Taken from the National Crime Prevention Association.

Social Networking

The majority of today’s teens have at least one social networking profile. These profiles can either be set to public or private. To ensure the greatest safety of your teen have them set the profile to private and make sure you have access to their profile.


Public profiles put kids at a much greater risk to:

  • Receive a message from a stranger
  • Meet with a stranger
  • Be harassed by peers

Other concerns of social networking sites:

  • Lack of age-verification mechanisms
  • Posting provocative pictures and videos
  • Easy access for predators and cyberbullies
  • Excessive or addictive access
  • Access to unhealthy “groups”