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Children are being exposed to technology increasingly each day and at even younger ages than before. Often these children also have a better understanding of how technology works than adults and parents. Find books, definitions, documents, movies and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is cyberbullying?
    Cyberbullying is bullying or harassment that happens online to Kids and Teens. It can happen in an email, a text message, an online game, or comments on a social networking site. It might involve rumors or images posted on someone’s profile or passed around for others to see, or creating a group or page to make a person feel left out.
  • What's child grooming?

    Child grooming  (a.k.a. enticement of children or solicitation of children for sexual purposes) "can be described as a practice by means of which an adult 'befriends' a child (often online, but offline grooming also exists and should not be neglected) with the intention of sexually abusing her/him".

     
  • What's cyberstalking?

    Cyberstalking  involves the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to perpetrate more than one incident intended to repeatedly harass, annoy, attack, threaten, frighten, and/or verbally abuse individuals.

    Perpetrators can engage in cyberstalking directly by emailing, instant messaging, calling, texting, or utilizing other forms of electronic communications to communicate obscene, vulgar, and/or defamatory comments and/or threats to the victim and/or the victim's family, partner, and friends, and use technologies to monitor, survey and follow the victim's movements.

    Perpetrators can also engage in cyberstalking indirectly by causing damage to the victim's digital device (by, for example, infecting the victim's computer with malware and using this malware to surreptitiously monitor the victim and/or steal information about the victim) or by posting false, malicious, and offensive information about the victim online or setting up a fake account in the victim's name to post material online (social media, chat rooms, discussion forums, websites, etc.).

     
  • When should parents start talking to their kids about online security?
    Start early. After all, even toddlers see their parents use all kinds of devices. As soon as your child is using a computer, a cell phone, or any mobile device, it’s time to talk to them about online behavior, safety, and security. As a parent, you have the opportunity to talk to your kid about what’s important before anyone else does.
  • What are some of the biggest online risks for kids?

    Inappropriate conduct: The online world can feel anonymous. Kids sometimes forget that they are still accountable for their actions.

    Inappropriate contact: Some people online have bad intentions, including bullies, predators, hackers, and scammers.

    Inappropriate content: You may be concerned that your kids could find pornography, violence, or hate speech online.

  • What’s at stake? (Types of threats)

    Threats to information: Cybercriminals are pros at using a variety of tactics to steal sensitive information, like account passwords.

    Threats to identity: You and your kids need to keep your personal information safe, but it’s difficult to do that if your kids post personal details online.

    Threats to finances: Cybercriminals use many ways to steal your money. That may not matter much to a kid, but it may have to come out of your pocket. It’s also a lesson that should be taught at an early age so that they don’t fall for scams later in life.

  • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

    Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) helps parents protect their children’s privacy by giving them specific rights. COPPA requires websites to get parental consent before collecting or sharing information from children under 13. The law covers sites designed for kids under 13 and general audience sites that know certain users are under 13. COPPA protects information that websites collect upfront and information that kids give out or post later.

    Protecting Children’s Privacy Under COPPA - Cybermaterial

  • Chatting with Kids About Being Online by CISA

    The Internet offers a world of opportunities.

    People of all ages are: - Posting video from mobile devices

    - Building online profiles texting each other from their mobile devices.

    -Creating alter egos in the form of online avatars

    -Connecting with friends online they don’t see regularly in person

    -Sending photos to friends

    -Broadcasting what they’re doing to hundreds of people

    Talk to your kids about online threats.

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  • What are some of the biggest online risks for kids?

    Inappropriate conduct: The online world can feel anonymous. Kids sometimes forget that they are still accountable for their actions.

    Inappropriate contact: Some people online have bad intentions, including bullies, predators, hackers, and scammers.

    Inappropriate content: You may be concerned that your kids could find pornography, violence, or hate speech online.

  • When do parents should start talking to their kids about online security?
    Start early. After all, even toddlers see their parents use all kinds of devices. As soon as your child is using a computer, a cell phone, or any mobile device, it’s time to talk to them about online behavior, safety, and security. As a parent, you have the opportunity to talk to your kid about what’s important before anyone else does.  
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    Delivering Child Safety Presentations: Best Practices

    This course is designed for educators, law enforcement, youth serving professionals, and others who plan to use NCMEC’s prevention presentation resources with youth and adult audiences. Gain useful tips and recommended strategies for planning, implementing and following up on in-person or virtual community presentations.

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    Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram make it possible for us to feel more globally connected than ever before. But for some, these platforms also represent a vicious breeding ground for the modern bully.

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