Internet Safety Tips

Today’s youth own cyberspace

  • They have an abundance of positive resources available at every a mouse click.
  • They are confident in their use of technology.
  • They take risks in seemingly safe cyberspace.

So what’s the problem?

  • Would you let children drive before you gave them lessons?
  • On the Internet, those who haven’t learned how to be safe are taking needless risks.
  • Challenge: Narrow the parent/adult-child “digital divide.”

Parent and student perspectives differ

What parents say

  • 90 percent feel they have a good idea of what their children do while on the Internet.
  • 92 percent stated that they had established rules for the children’s Internet use.

What students say

  • Only 66 percent said they share what they do on the Internet with their parents.
  • Only 65 percent stated that their parents have established rules for their Internet use.

Real dangers of the Internet

  • Inappropriate material: Online Pornography
    • The average age of first Internet exposure to pornography is 11-years-old.

  • Unwanted solicitation
    • Via search engines – search words or terms can produce unexpected results
    • Via “typo squatting” – domain names designed to deceive with:
      • Common misspellings of intended website
      • Incorrect extensions (.com versus .gov or .org)

    • Via instant message “BOTS” with click here links
      • Usually to inappropriate websites

  • Online Predators
  • Cyber Bullies

Who is most at risk online? Teenagers.

• They have a high level of autonomy & independence
• Are technologically savvy (far beyond their parents and teachers) but have little wisdom about good boundaries

Most parents do not talk to their teens about Internet Safety for 3 reasons:

• Lack of Knowledge - Some parents are uninformed about the Internet and its safety hazards
• Denial - Some parents do not want to admit that their child could be endangered by their poor Internet habits
• Discomfort - Some parents feel uncomfortable or awkward talking about Internet safety to their child

Web Wise Kids –

Three Games


  • Focuses on children ages from 11 to 14 (middle school)
  • The Game’s Scenario
  • Based on the true story of a 14-year-old boy who was lured online to leave home

  • The goal is to bring him back home before he vanishes for good

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Air Dogs


A few Quick Examples of Resources Available

• Interactive online games like Surf Well Island
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• NetSmatrtz
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• PBS Frontline - Growing Up Online
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ID the Creep