CyberSafety Tips for Parents
Stefanie Thomas from the Seattle Police Department talked to most of our students on May 19 during the 11th grade Smarter Balanced Test. By all accounts, the information was relevant and helpful.
Here are some notes for parents.
What to do if your child is victimized online:
Provide documentation of all the harmful content posted.
Print screens of social networking/emails
Save text messages/take pictures of texts
Report to school if bully attends same school
Keep documentation of all contact with school and attempts if any to contact parents
Report to police dept if: involves continuous harassment, threats to hurt/kill, sexually motivated harassment
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What to Monitor:
Age appropriate content
Posting where you live based content (such as Seahawks, name of school, etc)
Sexually provocative images
Negative content about students/friends/family members
Personal information (age, birthday, school, sports teams, clubs, church, email, phone number)
“Friending” large number of people – esp. people they do not know in real life
Increase in sexually provocative videos by teens
Ability to be recorded and reposted w/out knowledge and/or permission
Increase cases of skype hacking – where people can do screen captures/videos through webcams.
Sites like chatroulette – created an increase in stranger/stranger sexual webcamming
Disable webcam if not using
If keeping webcams active – monitor while teens use
Sites like chatroulette, omegle, skype
Falls under the distribution of child pornography statute and the possession of child pornography statute.
Do not forward any images found on your child’s phone
Child has two options – delete immediately, report to authority figure
Rules & Communication: Every household needs to have rules regarding technology usage:
Amount of time
What devices are allowed
What to do if you encounter problems/issues/inappropriate content
Who gets administrator rights? Sharing passwords?
Great resource for reporting concerns: www.cybertipline.org