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Internet safety for teens

Internet safety for teens

Internet Safety for Teens You’re a commodityTerms and conditionsSettings and permissionsIdentity theftRespectWho is exposing you online?Information is permanent Internet safety isn’t about a bunch of rules telling you “never do this”, or trying to scare you into safe behavior. Internet safety is about avoiding being being ripped off, disrespected, bullied, scammed, or stalked while you’re just trying to have a good time online. Staying safer just takes learning a few things Most of you are already pretty good at using the online sites you’re interested in or have friends that help you. But there is a real difference between the steps you’ve taken to be safe online and what it really takes to be safe and savvy online. You are a commodity The way ‘free’ services make money is not by selling advertising. Every piece of information you post, and every action you take online has commercial value to someone. [Back to Top] Why the terms and conditions matter on your profiles and sites Who is exposing you online?

Online safety & civility Expert Offers Bully Prevention Tips Many children with special needs experience bullying, and often they and their families are unsure of how to handle it and the best way to overcome the effects of bullying. Today I am interviewing an expert on the topic who has advice for all of us. Annie Fox, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, app developer, and youth empowerment activist. Her books include Too Stressed to Think?: A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You Crazy and the Be Confident in Who You Are (Middle School Confidential Series). You can learn more about Annie’s work with students, parents and teachers at I love your resource page, Cruel’s Not Cool on your site and your interactive Facebook page by the same name. You give hope to many who may have lost theirs by offering solutions to actively address a complex problem. About D.S. DS is the author of Delightfully Different, an inspirational, award winning, YA novel written to teach respect for differences.

Internet Safety: Safe Surfing Tips for Teens Listen Cyberbullying It's not just strangers who can make you feel uncomfortable. Cyberbullying refers to cruel or bullying messages sent to you online. These might be from former friends or other people you know. They can also be sent anonymously — in other words, on a website where everyone has a screen name, so teens being bullied might not even know who is bullying them. If you get these bullying messages online, it's often better to ignore them rather than answer them. Fortunately, most people never experience cyberbullying. Other Things to Consider Although email is relatively private, hackers can still access it — or add you to their spam lists. If you don't recognize the sender of a document or file that needs to be downloaded, delete it without opening it to avoid getting a virus on your device. When you're out and about with your devices, keep them secure. Reviewed by: Michelle New, PhD Date reviewed: October 2014

Facebook, Google Support Program To Help Kids Connect Safely The Family Online Safety Institute has announced A Platform for Good. The program is designed to help kids, teenagers, parents, and teachers connect and share safely on the internet. The program has been endorsed by some of the biggest names in the tech, social media, telecommunications, and search. Partner organizations include Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. A Platform for Good has three main goals. The goal of the program, says FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam, is “to transform the [online safety] discussion and create resources to inform, inspire, and empower kids to make the right choices online.” The Family Online Safety Institute is an international nonprofit organization that focuses on making the internet a safer place for children and families.

Julia Bacha: Pay Attention To Nonviolence In this special year-end collaboration, TED and The Huffington Post are excited to count down 18 great ideas of 2011, featuring the full TEDTalk with original blog posts that we think will shape 2012. Watch, engage and share these groundbreaking ideas as they are unveiled one-by-one, including never-seen-before TEDTalk premieres. Standby, the countdown is underway! Watch Julia Bacha's talk on why we must pay attention to nonviolence. In many ways, 2011 was a year when the people finally had their say. From Cairo to Wall Street, throngs of frustrated yet invigorated civilians poured into the streets and took their societies' futures into their own hands. In 2012, we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to learn the necessary lessons from these movements, and to apply them to some of the world's most pressing problems. Many pundits have already written off 2012 as a year in which progress towards an equitable resolution to the conflict will be impossible.

Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens Social networking sites, chat rooms, virtual worlds, and blogs are how teens and tweens socialize online; it's important to help your child learn how to navigate these spaces safely. Among the pitfalls that come with online socializing are sharing too much information or posting comments, photos, or videos that can damage a reputation or hurt someone's feelings. Applying real-world judgment can help minimize those risks. Remind Kids that Online Actions Have Consequences The words kids write and the images they post have consequences offline. Some of your child's profile may be seen by a broader audience than you — or they — are comfortable with, even if privacy settings are high. Even if you delete the information from a site, you have little control over older versions that may exist on other people's computers and may circulate online. Tell Kids to Limit What They Share Tell your kids why it's important to keep some things — about themselves, family members, and friends — to themselves.

Cyberbullying What is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying (or online bullying) is using modern communication technology to deliberately and repeatedly harrass, humiliate, embarrass, torment, threaten, pick on or intimidate someone. Effects of cyberbullyingCyberbullying can leave teenagers with low self-esteem, less interest in school and a deep sense of loneliness. Some feel they have no safe place, because the bullying can happen anywhere there’s internet or mobile access. It can also happen at any time of the day or night. Nearly one quarter (23%) of children who use mobile phones have reported receiving a threatening or abusive text, and 14% reported sending one. Helping your child avoid cyberbullies You can help make cyberbullying less likely to happen to your child by: A recent study suggested that 20% of teenagers have engaged in cyberbullying behaviour at some point. How to spot cyberbullying Cyberbullying can be tough to spot. Worried your child might be the one doing the bullying?

School Bullying Prevention: Teach Empathy at Young Age Since the Jan. 14 death of Phoebe Prince, the 15-year-old in South Hadley, Mass., who committed suicide after being bullied by fellow students, many onlookers have meditated on whether the circumstances that led to her after-school hanging might have been avoided. Could teachers have stepped in and stopped the bullying? Could parents have done more to curtail bad behavior? Or could preventive measures have been started years ago, in early childhood, long before bullies emerged and started heaping abuse on their peers? Increasingly, neuroscientists, psychologists and educators believe that bullying and other kinds of violence can indeed be reduced by encouraging empathy at an early age. Without empathy, we would have no cohesive society, no trust and no reason not to murder, cheat, steal or lie. Although human nature has historically been seen as essentially selfish, recent science suggests that it is not. What the ancient Greeks intuited is supported by research today.

i-SAFE Inc. Founded in 1998, i-SAFE Inc. is the leader in Internet safety education. Available in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Department of Defense schools located across the world, i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to educate and empower youth to make their Internet experiences safe and responsible. The goal is to educate students on how to avoid dangerous, inappropriate, or unlawful online behavior. i-SAFE accomplishes this through dynamic K-12 curriculum and community outreach programs to parents, law enforcement, and community leaders. It is the only Internet safety foundation to combine these elements. Since its inception, i-SAFE has revolutionized the way the world looks at Internet safety education. Education Once again i-SAFE sets the standards for all others to follow in Internet safety education. Simply put, the i-LEARN Online program and the i-Mentor Network bring the education to you.

Smokescreen | Six to Start A cutting-edge game about life online. Explore websites, search for clues, receive phone calls, chat on IM, and tackle puzzles and minigames. On Smokescreen, who can you trust? We all use Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and MSN to keep up with our friends – and we’ve all heard the stories about parties on MySpace being mobbed, or people getting stalked on Facebook. The question is, what would you do if it happened to you? In 2009, Six to Start was commissioned by Channel 4 Education to help teens aged 14-16 understand the risks (and benefits) of being online – from defending yourself against phishing to avoiding online stalkers. At its heart, Smokescreen simulates the internet. With Smokescreen, we’ve created an cutting-edge solution to a 21st century problem of online privacy and security. The Numbers Almost 500,000 playsA massive 15 minutes spent on site per sessionHighly positive reactions from Channel 4′s teenage focus group, and expert critics and professionals Game Highlights

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