Internet Safety - Do you know how to protect yourself?
The Internet can be a wonderful place full of information, entertainment and communication. But it can also be an extremely dangerous place to be if you do not know how to protect yourself.
Consider these statistics:
- 1 in 5 children are sexually solicited or approached over the Internet in a one-year period of time. [Online Victimization:A Report on the Nation's Youth]
- 20% of violent offenders serving time in state prisons reported having victimized a child. [Source: U.S. Department of Justice]
- The "ideal victim" is between 11-14 and has exclusive use of a computer in a private area.
Police departments now have special divisions to deal with internet crime. Technophilia is a term used by police for "persons using the computer to engage in sexual deviance." No one wants to be the next victim or part of the statistics. Learn how you can protect yourself, your family and your friends.
If you are a student,
If you are a parent or educator,
- Check out the section for you on the NetSmartz Workshop homepage.
- Download a powerpoint presentation for adults on "Internet Safety for Kids -Who is Most at Risk to Online Predators, Online Victimization Techniques and How to Protect Your Kids". You can also download an Internet Safety for Kids Book. (This slide show was used in the presentation on Internet Safety given at H-B last February.)
- View profiles of some offenders who have been caught by police
- www.livewwwires.com - purchase "The Missing Kit", a game which teaches children how to surf the Internet safely. The Web site also has information on internet safety issues for parents, teachers and librarians.
- www.iSafe.org - training network for educators, teens and parents