DID YOU KNOW?
- 95% of parents think it is necessary to talk about online security risks and behaviors with their children, but only 65% have had the “Internet talk”.
- 68% of teens surveyed say that they have downloaded a program or software without their parent’s permission.
- One in five U.S. teenagers who regularly log on to the Internet say they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation via the Web and only about 25% tell a parent or adult about it.
SIMPLE TIPS FOR PROTECTING KIDS
- Create an open and honest environment with kids.
- Start conversations regularly about practicing online safety.
- Emphasize the concept of credibility to teens: not everything they see on the Internet is true and people on the Internet may not be who they appear to be.
- Watch for changes in behavior- if you child suddenly avoids the computer- it may be a sign they are being bullied online.
- Review security settings and privacy policies for the websites kids frequent. These settings are frequently updated so check back regularly.
RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU
- Cybersecurity Awareness Volunteer Education Program (C-SAVE)
The National Cybersecurity Alliance developed the C-SAVE program that is accessible online at staysafeonline.org/in-the-classroom/c-save. There are age-appropriate resources to discuss Internet safety in the classroom or an assembly with all students.
This website, run by the Federal Trade Commission, is a one-stop shop for online safety resources available to parents, educators, kids, and others.
The Congressionally-mandated CyberTipline, which is part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), receives online child solicitation reports 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Submit an online report or call 1-800-843-5678.
The National Cyber Security Alliance offers instruction on security updates, free antivirus software, malware software removal, and other services.
IF YOU OR A CHILD IS A VICTIM OF ONLINE CRIME
- Notify your local authorities and file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.
- If you think a site has collected information from your kids or marketed to them in a way that violates the law, report it to the FTC at www.ftc.gov/compliant.
- If someone has had inappropriate contact with your child, or a child you know, report it to http://www.cybertipline.com and the police.