November 3, 2011

Meeting new "friends" online

When I first started using the internet, I remember in high school how chat rooms instantly became the newest form of entertainment. When my friends and I would get together on the weekends we would venture into these chat rooms, creating alter egos and pretending we were older than we really were. Luckily nothing dangerous ever happened to us when we would “have fun” online, but I will never forget my 11th grade social studies teacher who first warned me about internet safety.

My social studies teacher was a retired army colonel, but you would have...

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November 2, 2011

Do you know why kids shouldn't be on Facebook?

Over 1,000 parents were asked if they knew why kids under age 13 shouldn't be on Facebook.

Only 2 knew the correct answer!

A study was conducted asking 1,007 parents the reason why kids under age 13 are not allowed to have Facebook accounts. "Perverts" was listed as one of the possible answers. While perverts are definitely a reason to keep kids away from Facebook, only two parents gave the correct answer which is "Privacy." As parents, we sometimes want our kids to fit in and be accepted...

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October 26, 2011

Sexting and Gaming

Unfortunately the term "sexting" is not uncommon among tweens today. Sexting has been defined as sending explicit messages or photos to someone over the Internet or through a mobile device. Given that most cell phones have built in cameras, it is important that parents and teachers be aware of the dangers that can occur if a tween is caught sexting. Many schools are required to report known incidents of sexting and in some states receiving an explicit message and/or photo from a minor could result in jail time. Most tweens may view it as innocent flirting not...

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October 20, 2011
Topics: Get Involved

How to Host Your Own Internet Safety Session

Many schools are concerned about Internet safety and the students that are affected by various Internet safety topics like cyberbullying, social media and sexting. bNetS@vvy has come up with helpful tips on how you can host your own Internet safety session.

1. Choose important topics to address – (sexting, stalking, sharing too much information, social networking, etc.)

Choose a topic that students,...

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October 19, 2011

Welcome to our new site

Jamila Boddie

Back-to-school season is in full gear and students and teachers have settled into their routines for the year. What does that mean for me? Well, on a daily basis I manage an Internet safety program focused on giving educators, parents and tweens the tools they need to make safe and smart decisions online. When school is in session it’s always a busy time of year for me.

NEA HIN (National Education Association Health Information Network) focuses on health and safety topics that affect our members. I’ve worked with NEA HIN and its members...

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