Tag Archives: Internet Safety

Disney Commonsense

15 Apr

The Disney Channel recently has issued a public service announcement from it’s current lineup of stars about being smart online. When you surf online, there are rules of the road and knowing those rules will help you navigate at a heightened awareness. Four short videos entitled: “Stand Up”, “When I Was Bullyied”, “Think Before You Send” and “Rules of the Road” help you get on the path to online safety.

http://www.Disney.com/commonsense

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Internet Safety Day 2012

7 Feb

Safer Internet Day is celebrated on the second day of the second week of the second month of the year. Safer Internet Day (SID) takes place today on Tuesday 7 February 2012 and is centered around the theme Connecting generations and educating each other.

You can order a SID kit for your school by going to saferinternet.org. It will contain information about SID, promotional materials, suggested learning and awareness activities as well as eSafety resources.

Be safe online!

http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/safer-internet-day

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That's Not Cool

17 Jul

Your mobile, IM and social accounts are a part of you? Where do you draw your digital line? Do you need some pointers on how to deal with textual harassment, pic pressure, constant messaging or communicating clearly in today's digital world?

On this site, you'll have access to extensive campaign research, interactive videos, support information, helpful tips on engaging your kids in your local community, and more! If you are having an issue with someone close to you using tech in a harsh way, then check out these tips.

The site says, “That's Not Cool is a national public education campaign that uses digital examples of controlling, pressuring, and threatening behavior to raise awareness about and prevent teen dating abuse. That's Not Cool is sponsored and co-created by Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, and the Advertising Council.”

http://www.thatsnotcool.com/

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Google Family Safety Center

20 Feb

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt18TCb_p-M

Google recently launched the “Family Safety Center”. This site features tips on how to surf the Internet safely as a family. Google has developed their own set of safety tools like Google Safe Search, Safe Search Lock, Safe Search on Your Phone and YouTube Safety Mode. All these safety features function exactly as they sound, they give you as a parent the ability to limit what can be seen.

Google Family Safety Center:

  • Provides parents and teachers with tools to help them choose what content their children see online
  • Offers tips and advice to families about how to stay safe online
  • Works closely with organizations such as charities, others in our industry and government bodies dedicated to protecting young people

Have you tried Google's hub of online family-centered safety tools? If so, which one do you like the most?

http://www.google.com/familysafety/

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A Thin Line: Cyberbullying

3 Oct

Iin the classic movie Spinal Tap, David St. Hubbins said, “It's such a fine line between stupid, and clever.” The same stupidity and genius can be said with your interaction with others online.

MTV's ongoing “A Thin Line” project provides stories and resources for anyone who believes they are being cyberbullied or who is looking for ways to stop harassment by digital means. Take a quiz designed for guys through hosted by rapper Asher Roth or for girls from celebrity Michelle Trachtenberg. Discover your quiz score, Get the facts, take control and share your story.

If you or your family need help with online harassment then this project is good place to start.

http://www.athinline.org

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What is Spear-Phising?

30 Dec

Darren Mott of the Cleveland FBI Cyber Crime SquadHackers posted a tip to prevent the newest way of taking over your home computer. The trend is called spear-phising and it’s a way to gain access to people’s e-mail account using information gleaned from Facebook.

How do they do it? A scan is performed of your Facebook account that gives folks clues to your password. After your email account is compromised, invitations are sent to others asking them to open and install malware. The first tip to prevent this takeover is to change your password to something more secure like a character and number combination not easily deciphered. Another tip is give privileges to each user of your computer. Give kids their own login and password that doesn’t allow them to install software on your machine. Then keep the administrator login in yourself so you can control what gets loaded on your computer.

Did this tip make sense?

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What do they want from you?

16 Dec

How do you think Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube are making the majority of their money? Right now every social networking company wants your information because they are striving to build up their Business Intelligence (BI).

Social Networking sites are making money hand over first from selling your information to third party companies. The more information you type into your profile, tweet or podcast is causing their bank accounts to soar. Even if you have a locked down account, it doesn’t matter because you agreed to each of the social networking site’s legal agreements. They want your information and they can do what they want with it.

Takeaway: Be aware of the information you are typing into your social networking accounts.

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Tweens/Teens Web Safety Tips

1 Sep

As the Internet’s popularity continues to soar, more online users are flocking to social networking sites and the need web safety grows exponentially. The United States government has recently updated their web safety portal called On Guard Online. They recently posted new tips to safely crawl social networking websites.

Social Media Site Safety Top Tips:
* Restrict access to your page
* Don’t post full name, credit card or bank account numbers
* Choose a screen name that is gender neutral
* Post only information that you are comfortable with others seeing and knowing
* Consider not posting your photo
* Flirting with strangers online could have serious consequences.
* Be wary if a new friend wants to meet you in person.
* Trust your gut if you have suspicions.

https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/protecting-childrens-privacy/

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Scared Straight For My Kids

7 May

I received an email from a friend that attended an Internet safety course last week at their local high school and they were scared straight. The parent wanted to know if there were any books or websites that we’d recommend to get a primer on keeping their kids safe online. Besides visiting Leading Hands, below is what we recommend to get started.

Internet Safety Books:

  1. MySpace Generation – Candice Kelsey
  2. The Safe Side – Internet Safety – John Walsh & Angela Shelton

Internet Safety Websites:

  1. http://www.onguardonline.gov
  2. http://www.wiredsafety.com
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Be S.M.A.R.T. – 5 Online Safety Tips

13 Apr

As the internet population continues to rapidly increase, the need for Internet Safety is even more critical. Whether you are a parent, teen or senior, here are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from encountering a sticky situation online. Remember that the moment something is posted online, it’s there forever and the world knows about it. Be S.M.A.R.T. online.

Read the complete article
http://leadinghands.org/blog/?page_id=606

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