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Announcement: Internet Safety is Not About Technology

Internet safety and security is an extremely important issue that should be addressed by every parent, and is rapidly becoming one of the toughest issues facing parents today. It is an important worldwide concern for children, teenagers, and adults. Governments are getting involved. (in my opinion that is not a good thing, but that is a different topic)

Internet safety is not about technology, it is about the safe and legal use of the internet. It’s about the people you meet, the places you go, and the things you see on the internet. It is important for kids to know who is out there on the internet, where they like to hide, and what they want from you. Many young people have experienced grooming by predator pedophiles, solicitation of personal information, cyber bullying by peers, or have been shocked by filthy online content that just a few years ago couldn’t be found in the sleaziest adult magazines.

Internet Filtering is like a Shark Cage

Internet safety is not a luxury! You wouldn’t let a child surf in shark infested waters and you shouldn’t let them surf the internet without a “Shark Cage”.

What kind of Shark Cages are available online? Some look to accountability software for the solution, also called Internet monitoring, and there certainly is a place and time for that, but that kind of solution is more like watching your child get eaten by a shark on the 10 o’clock news before trying to do something about it.

Internet filtering is a good solution, definitely more like a shark cage; but what is to stop your child from finding a way out of the cage?

The combination of both Internet filtering and Internet monitoring is the best solution. By preventing accidental viewing of filth, often caused by simple misspelling, and the intentional attempts to bypass the filter through monitoring, you can effectively illuminate most of the dangers of the internet. Any further dangers can and should be eliminated through open discussion and communication about what information is permissible to give out and what isn’t. The fact that the computer is being monitored should be fully disclosed to all users.  The benefit of monitoring is to improve behavior not catch something after the fact. Knowing that someone is looking over your shoulder is a great help when it comes to temptation to do something that is not within the guide lines established for your safety. This will improve both Internet Safety and Security.

Check out a product that can provide both monitoring and filtering at Clean Internet.

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Parents Test Your Internet Filter

Parents, test your Internet Filter. An easy way kids get around the filtering of blocked websites is Google Cache.

I know allot of you parents take the time to implement the parental filters on the internet and with good reason. There is all manner of harmful material on the internet that could be disturbing to a young mind.

There is a simple way to get around internet filters that kids use more than you would imagine. That way is Google’s cache of the website that is being blocked. If the kids access the website through Google’s cache of the website then they will still get to view the objectionable content.

How do they do this?

It’s really quite simple. All you have to do is search on Google for the website using ththe cache tag in front of the website address. For example: cache:sexynude.com, thats all you need. with most monitoring software you can go through the logs and find out but by that time its too late to protect your child from the pornography as they already have seen it. The good news is that if they are old enough to understand the procedure to get around blocked internet websites they are old enough to talk to productively about it.

Test your internet filter, and get one that doesn’t allow this.

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Schools must provide Internet safety education

It’s about time school districts started teaching some net smarts.

The Thomaston Board of Education announced recently that students will be getting Internet safety education, courtesy of the school district, at a level never before seen. As any parent knows, the Web is not a necessarily safe place, and the fact that the schools are taking the need for Internet safety, is a sign that the district has its head on its shoulders.

According to some sources, 74 percent of Web sites are…

via The Thomaston Express – OPINION: Schools must provide Internet safety education.

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The Benefits of Internet Filtering

In today’s tech savvy world there are an increasing number of households obtaining Internet access and more than fifty percent of the households have more than one computer with Internet access.

With that said, implementing an Internet flitering tool in your PC has become a necessity in the home environment for child protection.

If you are a parent, you know that inappropriate material and potentially dangerous websites run rampant on the Internet. Just as you would protect your child from dangers on the street, the same rings true for the Internet, so an Internet filter is a must have for protection against offense and inappropriate content.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of Internet filtering and the types of websites that can be blocked by the use of an Internet filter.

  • Pornographic Material: A good Internet filter will block websites that promote pornographic material which will prevent you from worrying about your child accessing objectional subject matter.
  • Violence and Hate Crimes: Internet filtering will block any inapproriate material promotes violence or hate crimes.
  • Instant Messaging: Instant Messaging is a primary tool that online predators use to masquerade as someone else. An Internet filter will block all Instant Messaging chat programs and allows you to select the chat programs when you want to use them.
  • Web-Based Email Sites: A Web-based email site is a site that offers a free email account. Some of these sites include Yahoo, Gmail (Google), and Hotmail and most of these sites have an Instant Messaging tool as well. These sites are frequently used by spammers and online predators. An Internet filtering tool is effective for protection against predators and prevention from being exposed to onjectionable material that often is communicated through spam.
  • Websites That Promote Drug Use: There is a host of sites on the Internet that will explain how to obtain drugs as well as how to use them once they are in your hands. An Internet filter is a useful tool for blocking these types of sites.
  • Websites That Promote Terrorism: There are websites that provide step-by-step instructions on how to make a bomb or perform a cyber-terrorist threat. An Internet filtering tool is beneficial in blocking these objectionable sites.
  • Objectionable Game Websites: Many of the online games that are avilable contain objectionable and violent content and are offered for free. In addition, many of these websites have an online chat feature where predators can hang out and mask themselves as a child. Internet filtering is capable of filtering out these sites.
  • Social Networking Websites: Social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook are infested with online predators as world news has so clearly pointed out to us. It is possible to block these sites throught the use of an Internet filter.
  • Piece Of Mind: This is the final and most important benefit of using an Internet filter and knowing that everyone in the household is protected from offensive and inappropriate content.

The Internet can be an exciting and useful tool for communications and research, however, there is that one side that forces us all to protect ourselves. There are a host of different types of Internet filtering products on the market you should look for one that has filtering and monitoring built in together like Clean Internet.

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Childrens web watchdog launched

A new internet watchdog has been launched to help protect children from “harmful” web content, such as cyber-bullying and violent video games.

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety UKCCIS brings together social networking sites and technology firms.

It aims to teach children about web dangers, target harmful net content and establish a code of conduct for sites featuring material uploaded by users.

Gordon Brown said the move was a “landmark” in child protection.

BBC NEWS | Education | Childrens web watchdog launched.

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IE 7 users: stop looking at porn now!

Microsoft has reported sightings of exploitation of the recent vulnerability in IE7 on various porn sites. This isn’t really bad news, since no one looks at such improper things on the Internet, right?

According to an article posted late saturday night on Microsoft’s Threat Research Blog, approximately .2% of all worldwide users have been exposed to exploits against the data processing vulnerability, and the exploit is now appearing on pornography sites. If Microsoft’s numbers are correct, that means millions of systems may have been freshly compromised over the past few weeks. I would be surprised if we don’t see an uptick in the knock-on effects of more compromised systems, including higher levels of spam and credit card fraud.

Since there is no patch for the IE problem as of right now, your best bet is to use an alternative browser such as Firefox, Opera, or even the Windows version of Safari. Remember, when you are browsing strange websites, it is important to use protection.

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Every Monday Matters 09 : Protect Yourself with Internet Safety

I use computers a lot.
Some people might call me a geek.

I’m here to tell you that the internet is not 100% secure.
It’s not 100% safe, and it’s not 100$ hacker-proof.

That’s the bad news.
The good news is it’s not 100% dangerous either, and if you’re vigilant, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk online

Step 1: Passwords
Your first line of defense is always your password.
A good password has a mix of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.
A longer password is always stronger. 10 characters is good, 20 characters is better.
Resist the temptation to use the same password on every website you go to.
You should use a different password everywhere you login. That way, if somebody cracks one of your passwords, they don’t have the keys to your full identity.
Change your password often, like once a month. But don’t make it just the name of the month.
Now everybody is going to try to login to my email with the password pathawksoctober

Step 2: Be suspicious
If you get an email from some lawyer in Europe that you’ve never talked to before, don’t open it.
If you start seeing messages that say “CLICK HERE! CLICK HERE NOW!” Don’t click on them.
Either talk to your companies IT director, or your 12 year old brother who knows more about computers than you could ever hope to know.
Either way, they can tell you how to securely get rid of these messages.

Step 3: Keep Private Stuff Private
Assume that anything you put on the internet will be there forever.
This blog will be here forever.
So think twice before posting that picture of you holding up your drivers license with you social security number and your phone number and mothers madden name.
For me, I decided that I don’t mind having my real name online.
Unless Pat Hawks isn’t my real name.
Maybe it’s Richard.
But I’m not going to give you my mothers madden name, or my social security number, or my drivers license number, or those pictures of my boss with the feather boa around his neck.
That’s important for different reasons.

Step 4: Use a Firewall and Anti-Virus Software
When you’re using a computer at work, your company probably already has these tools set up for you.
If you have any questions, you can talk to your local IT master. I’m sure they’d be willing to talk to you in two hours or less about the whole network setup using big words you don’t understand and looking at you like an idiot when you ask what TCP/IP stands for.
For more information about where to download Anti-Virus and Firewall software, visit EveryMondayMatters.com

We’ll E-ya later

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New NetSmartz411 Internet Safety Hotline Helps Prevent

Dangerous Online Situations

Parents can call experts at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
An alarming increase in the number of incidents of adults enticing children online for sexual acts spurred immediate response from the Qwest Foundation to fund a resource that offers immediate help—and it’s as easy as picking up the telephone and dialing 1-888-NETS411. The scary news is: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children announced that there were four times as many reports of online sexual enticement of children to the CyberTipline. That number rose from 2,660 in 2005 to 11,386 in 2007.

Although many groups are trying to raise online safety awareness through seminars and community forums, NCMEC decided it was time to grant the public access to CyberTipline experts in an effort to PREVENT online crime as well as accept reports after it has occurred.

The NetSmartz411 experts are highly trained, skilled professionals with an exceptionally high level of Internet knowledge. They are full-time employees of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and are trained in all areas of the Internet and emerging technologies used by child predators. This includes social networking websites newsgroups, chat rooms, E-mail instant messaging, online video games and peer-to-peer technologies. These are the individuals who work closely with law enforcement officers and industry leaders such as Qwest to stay one step ahead of these child predators.

The project is an expansion of NetSmartz411.org—an online help desk that was established in Feb 2007. Conversation promotes clarity, and often parents aren’t sure of the questions they need to ask, although they may sense potential danger. Now all they have to do is ask.

Parents can call NetSmartz411’s tipline — 1-888-NETS411- Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. — 8 p.m. ET.

Members of the U.S. Congress will present four, Spirit of Online Safety Awards to educators and police officers recognizing their outstanding efforts to PREVENT cybercrime. The award presentation will take place at noon, Thursday, April 3, in Washington D.C.

• Ernie Allen, President & CEO as well as co-founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping protect children from abduction and sexual exploitation.
• Paula Kruger, executive vice president, and leader of Qwest’s online safety initiatives, represents Qwest on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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