Sunday, March 11, 2012

Child Internet Safety Definitions

Your Guide to Understanding Child Internet Safety Terms

Gain awareness by understanding these common Internet Safety terms


Internet Predator 
  • An adult who uses the Internet to exploit children.
  •  It is usually for a sexual purpose. 
  • They frequent chat rooms and social networking sites looking for children they consider an easy target
  • Targets boys and girls of all ages.
  • Once they have found their target, they start the "grooming" process.
 Child "Grooming"
  • The process of manipulating a child and befriending them in order to draw them into a sexual relationship.
  •  Includes praising the child, giving them money and/or gifts, showing them sexual images, touching them and seeing how they will react, harassment, threats, and any other aggressive behavior.
  • Can involve grooming the parent by gaining their confidence.
  • A Federal offense.

Chat Rooms
  • A place where people go to communicate by sending text messages. 
  • The user can choose a "shared interest" room.
  • Used for talking with multiple people, although, private chats are available.
  •  Chat rooms may or may not be monitored. 
  • Some messaging services allow users to exchange photos, often sexual, which they may be prosecuted for.
  •  Users also choose chat rooms to experience cybersex.
  •  Predators frequent these chat rooms looking for their prey.
Online Identity or User Names 
  • The social identity that we use for online communication.
  • Real names can be used or we can remain anonymous.
  • May be stolen by other users.
  • Can follow us around for a long time, so protect it.
Social Networking Service
  • An online service or site for people to interact and share information and interests.
  • A place to connect with friends.
  • Users can interact with email or instant messaging.
  • Uses profiles with privacy controls.
  • Can be used in personal promotion.
  • Increasing in popularity as a great place for business promotion.
Cyber Bullying
  • Harming other people through use of the Internet.
  • Involves instant messaging, email, chat rooms, web sites, forums, or digital messages.
  • Warning signs include: withdrawal from family and social activities, child is often anxious or sad, declining academic performance, and being upset after being online or using their cell phone.

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