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Cyber secuirty tips to protect your family

The internet can be a fun, educational and socially enlightening. At the same time the internet can be misleading, dark and deadly. "In 82% of online sex crimes against minors, the offender used the victim's social networking site to gain information about the victim's likes and dislikes." (Journal of Adolescent Heatlh 47, 2010)

"Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:The board of education of each school district and the board of trustees of each charter school that establishes an Internet web site, shall not disclose on that web site any personally identifiable information about a student without receiving prior written consent from the student’s parent or guardian on a form developed by the Department of Education. The written consent form shall contain a statement concerning the potential dangers of personally identifiable information about individual students on the Internet."(http://www.state.nj.us/education/techno/idconsent/)

Children use the internet for multiple reasons like "educational materials, fun games, and connections with people all over the world" (www.scholastic.com) Even though a child or parent may think the internet is safe because there is no direct contact with strangers, they are ultimatley wrong. The internet can be a scary and unforgiving source. As technology advances, so does cybercrime such as phishing, spam, malware, identity theft, grooming, cyberbulling, cybersex, cyberstalking and griefers. (All internet safety terms can be found at internet safety 101.) Due to these harsh realizations of cybercrime educational programs in New Jersey and many other states are reqired to protect minors personal information. Bill A592 was passed in 2002 which "prohibits Dissemination of Personal Student Information on the Internet Without Parental Consent" (www.state.nj.us) in the state of New Jersey.

Three basic rules to keep your children and family safe are...1) Limit childs internet use2) keep child in sight/monitor3) Check childs search engine history occationally and apply security programs to limit childs internet ability.(www.scholastic.com) Parents can protect their children from cybercrimes by educating them on what they should not do while on the internet such as...-accessing unfamiliar websites-engaging with unfamiliar people-placing personal information such as name, age, address, birthday on any site.


The Dangers of the internet

In the beginining of each school year parents and students must sign a contract called a "Acceptable Use Agreement form for Techonolgy", a contract such as this may require a child to... -Use the school computers for educational use only -Use of any inapproiate sites that uses a childs personal information ( facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.) is not permitted. -Child is responsable for his or her own log in information which will be monitored by teacher and secuirty software. -Child is not permitted to cyberbully of any kind. -Child is responsible of their personal information. He or she is not permitted to give out any personal information without the consent of parent, guardian or educator first. In order to protect children from internet dangers while at school, many if not all educational programs (schools) are equipt with internet security which can block potentially dangerous or inappropriate websites. Computers usually require a log in account, in which a child will be able to better protected his or her own personal information. Educators are also required to monitor childrens computer uses to further protect a childs privacy.

Questions: 1) As a future teacher and or parent, why is it important for you to teach your child or student(s) the importance of internet safety? [use internet safety terms to answer question]2) How can teaching empathy, help decrease a child's likelyhood to commit any type of cybercrime in the future?[ also use internet safety terms...cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, identity theft, etc.]


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