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Tips for Kids and Parents About Internet Safety According to a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, one in five Internet users younger than 17 received an online sexual solicitation or approach during the past year.
One in 33 received an aggressive sexual solicitation involving offline contact or a request for offline contact. What can you do to help keep kids safe online? Printable Internet safety tips for parents and Internet safety rules for kids.
According to Online Victimization: One in five youths received an online sexual solicitation or approach during the past year.
One in 17 was threatened or harassed online during the past year. One in 33 received an aggressive sexual solicitation online involving offline contact or a request for offline contact during the past year. What might those statistics mean in real numbers? Quite a lot-- almost 24 million youths between the ages of ten and 17 used the Internet regularly last year.
We do, however, want parents and teachers to be aware of the risks and World dangers steps to minimize them.
Establish a good relationship with kids. The kids who are most vulnerable to online predators, Gulotta said, are those who are already troubled and who don't have a good relationship with a trusted adult.
Control the online environment. Don't allow kids to use a screen profile or provide personal information online.
Predators, Gulotta said, will put a kid on a buddy list, look for the child whenever he or she is online, gradually become a confidant, and eventually start talking about sexual topics. Be frank about what's out there. Kids need to know that. It's tantamount to putting personal information online.
Know what the parameters are; know what these people are doing; and then make your own decisions. Help your students' parents by providing them with the following Internet safety tips.
Just as important, be sure your students and children understand the dangers that the Internet can pose. Marcie Murphy, assistant to Lynne A. To promote that awareness, Murphy and Gulotta participate in a Maryland program that offers presentations about online safety to PTA groups.
The program was started by the Maryland U. Attorney's Office after the number of online predator cases investigated by the FBI increased by more than percent between and Parents need to recognize that on the Internet kids aren't just watching. They are interacting with other people.
Schools need to provide resources and information that will help parents protect their kids online. According to Murphy, schools can provide parents with information about online dangers and how to deal with them; stress the importance of proper supervision; recommend screening software, especially for elementary school students; and create safe-site lists that students can use at home and in class.
Do you know what to do? According to Peter Gulotta, "If a child reports being approached online, immediately write down as much information as possible, including the screen name or e-mail address of the person who contacted the child; the URL of the chat room, if applicable; and the date and time of the contact.
Then report the incident to the local police department or FBI. The study found that Many young people consider Internet friendships an important online resource. Sexually oriented online relationships occur much less frequently than benign friendships; therefore, young people can see repeated warnings about the risk of online encounters as unrealistic.
Not all online sexual solicitors fit the media stereotype of the adult male. Some are women, and many are other young people. Harassment, in the form of threatening or malicious messages, e-mails, and Web pages, is frequently more distressing to young people than online sexually oriented encounters because such harassment often involves people who live close enough to the victim to carry out their online threats.
Based on those findings, the NCMEC report offers a number of recommendations to help make the Internet safe for young people. The following steps are most relevant to educators: Talk specifically to students about the diversity of online dangers, including threats from youthful and female offenders.
Address the problem of non-sexual as well as sexual victimization on the Internet. Make students and parents aware of the existence and locations of resources for reporting and dealing with Internet offenses.Mary Ellen Handy had a painful crash course in the dangers of the Internet.
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