Internet Safety

Internet Safety
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By Butte County Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Unit
• What features are on your child’s phone? Why? What kind of Plan does your child have? • Does your child use phone locks/pass codes? If so, why? • Have you looked on their phone to see who and what they are texting? • Are you using any of the parental controls your carrier offers? • Turn off mobile phones at night. • Mobile phones are a privilege not a right. Have rules: If kids don’t use their phones properly, then parents can and should take them away It Is Mobile • Mobile devices are the No.1 form of communication for teens. Kids have portable and private access to the world without you there to monitor what they’re doing. • Do kids really need a phone? Is it for safety reasons? Is it because “everyone” has one? • Do they answer when you call? • Do you have a “kid” phone that only calls and accepts calls from limited preset numbers?Online Resource: Wireless Foundation: www.wirelessfoundation.orgPotential • Have you thought about your kids using mobile media to: – Cheat on tests – Communicate with strangers – Damage their reputations – Cyber bully – Sexting • Privacy Settings: Teach your children to use the settings to control: – Who sees their information. – Who can search for them. – How they can contact you. ‐‐ How to block people. Persistency • Content is persistent. Info, photos, and videos that are posted online donʹt go away. • Content is replicable: It can be cut and pasted without permission or one’s knowledge. – Photos, emails, texts, chats, comments, and more can be taken out of context and used in ways that weren’t intended. Can Do • Have house rules for postable content. • Explain that once something is published, it is impossible to take it back. • Show your kids how to report inappropriate material. 1
• If you find inappropriate content somebody else posted,report it to the hosting site. • If your child posts inappropriate content, remove it immediately. • If you see other children post inappropriate content, contact their parents. • Join & familiarize yourself with the social networks your kids use. • “Friend” your kids. Can Do to Help • Help Them Reflect Before They Reveal: Remind kids that what they post today can haunt them tomorrow. • Talk About Risky Behavior: Establish some ground rules and consequences for breaking those rules. • Discuss Accountability Whatever kids post – whether anonymously or not – they need to be accountable for it.What is it? *Sexting – the act of sending sexual texts or taking and sending sexually revealing pictures of oneself as text message attachments. • Problems arise when relationship send and kids are left in possession of highly compromising materials • Kids need to be taught to respect themselves as well as others: • Teach your children that there are serious consequences to their actions, and that no actions are anonymous. • Read their text messages and look at the photos they take with their phones. Know if they are sending or receiving images on their phones. • Monitor their social networking sites. • If you have concerns about your child or someone else’s child, tell the police, parents or school, whichever is appropriate Rules of the Road • Keep Media in Public Spaces: Keep use of media in areas that are easy to monitor. Collect and turn off computers and phones at bedtime. • Encourage Balance: The time kids spend with media and technology should be equivalent to time they spend doing other activities • Establish Consequences: If rules are broken, remove access to Internet / mobile phones • Accept Their World: Explore social networks and set up an account. • Learn how to text & Upload a video. • Check out what that gaming box can do besides play games. • Communicate • Discuss which sites your kids can visit and what can or should be downloaded. • Monitor media usage and discuss whether the rules and guidelines are being followed. • Discuss accountability. Kids need to be held responsible for what they post online. Agree to Cooperate: Sit down with your kids and go over a Family Media Agreement, making sure they understand what is expected of them. 2
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