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RoundTrips & MOREnet Present Internet Safety VC 2009

mouse and keyboardThere is no doubt we now live in an “Internet Age.”  At the click of a mouse, you can e-mail hundreds of people simultaneously, buy that long-desired vintage automobile, or create a personal profile to share with the world.  With unlimited opportunities, cyberspace may well have become the new “final frontier.”  How best can we explore this frontier?  How can we minimize risk and maximize safety?  How can we help students be secure in their Internet activities?  These are important questions, and we invite you and your students to participate in this important discussion over videoconference with RoundTrips.  Students will interact with a variety of experts in the field including Joe Laramie, Director of Missouri’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and they will also have the chance to share with each other as well.

Topics in this free distance learning opportunity include online predators, cyber-bullying, identity theft and other Internet-related issues.  “This is such an important issue – it is absolutely critical for kids, parents and community members to be on the same page with regard to online safety,” said Randy Raw, Manager of Network Security at MOREnet. “The Internet is a fantastic learning tool, but like any tool, people need to understand what the risks are and how to use it safely.”

This topic is popular, and interactive videoconference space is limited so contact RoundTrips early to enroll your students!

Date:    Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Times:  11 to 11:50 a.m. CDT, 12 to 12:50 CDT, 1 to 1:50 p.m. CDT
Grade Level:  6-12
Cost:  NO CHARGE

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

MOREnet will be hosting their next Internet Safety Night on October 30 from 6:30-8:30 pm CT. The following text explains the event and how to be involved:

Internet Safety Night is a nationwide event that brings information and resources to students, parents and members of the community to help us all stay safer online. We talk about online predators, cyberbullying, identity theft and other Internet-related issues. The goal is for communities to pull together local experts and resources – students, parents, teachers, law enforcement and community members – to begin a discussion about the importance of Internet safety. These local discussions, occurring simultaneously all around the country, then connect to the national host site in Columbia, Missouri for the featured speakers and other resources and tools that families can use to stay safe. Participants at any of the local events can see, hear, ask and answer questions in real time with participants at any of the other sites!

Nationwide Host – MOREnet in Columbia, Missouri
Keynote Speaker Larry Magid is author of MySpace Unraveled, a CBS News Technology analyst and technology columnist. He is also a leading Internet safety advocate and expert as co-director of ConnectSafely.org, founder of SafeKids.com and a board member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Take the time and learn how to be safe and secure online

Other Speakers Include:

  • Chris Pickering, Chief Investigator, Missouri Attorney General’s Office
  • Detective Andy Anderson, Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes
  • Lt. Joe Laramie, Missouri ICAC Task Force
  • Lindsay Caesmer, Miss Missouri 2007

For more information on this videoconferencing event, including how to participate:
Phone: (573) 884-7200
E-mail:
isn@more.net
MOREnet website

RoundTrips + MOREnet Present Internet Safety

Here’s a free v/c opportunity for you and your students on the important topic of Internet Safety. Space is limited, so act now! Here are the details:

Date:   Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Times: 10:30 to 11:10 a.m., 11:20 to Noon, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. CDT
Grade Level: 6-12
Cost:  NO CHARGE

There is no doubt we now live in an “Internet Age.”  At the click of a mouse, you can e-mail hundreds of people simultaneously, buy that long-desired vintage automobile, or create a personal profile to share with the world.  With unlimited opportunities, cyberspace may well have become the new “final frontier.”  How best can we explore this frontier?  How can we minimize risk and maximize safety?  How can we help students be secure in their Internet activities?  These are important questions, and we invite you and your students to participate in this important discussion.  Students will interact with Chris Pickering, Chief Investigator from the Missouri Attorney General’s office and former Miss Missouri Lindsay Casmaer, a victim of cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking herself.  Students will also have the chance to share with each other as well.

Topics will include online predators, cyber-bullying, identity theft and other Internet-related issues. “This is such an important issue – it is absolutely critical for kids, parents and community members to be on the same page with regard to online safety,” said Randy Raw, Manager of Network Security at MOREnet. “The Internet is a fantastic learning tool, but like any tool, people need to understand what the risks are and how to use it safely.”

Interactive videoconference space is limited so contact us early to enroll your students: roundtrips@clayton.k12.mo.us.

“The Internet should not be a Babysitter”

On Wednesday April 23, MOREnet hosted its Internet Safety Night.  Sites all over the US connected to this important program- including several St. Louis, MO!  The excellent keynote speaker was James Finch, Assistant Director, FBI Cyber Division.

Finch admitted first thing that at the FBI there was no bigger advocate of technology, including the Internet, than him. He also added he is the parent of three- two daughters in their twenties and a four year old son. All are on line.

Some facts:
+ The United States has highest rate of “computer intrusions” – hacking
+ The FBI has the Innocent Images National Initiative – where undercover agents work to bring on line predators to justice: http://www.fbi.gov/innocent.htm

Finch emphasized “the Internet has changed our lives for the positive and it still holds so much promise… I want to heighten awareness.”

How do we heighten awareness?

It is important to talk to your children about the Internet, as you do when they learn to swim, learn to drive, etc. As Finch noted, “the Internet should not be a babysitter” – it will not take care of itself when it comes to the safety of children.

You must have an Internet Safety talk with your kids.
Here are Finch’s talking points:

+use strong passwords, don’t share passwords!
+maintain your operating system- download updates/patches because they fix programming flaws that become security vulnerabilities
+anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-phishing programs important
+use parental control software (emphasize it is out of concern, not to police them)
+make sure wireless router is configured properly
+change your network name
+using encryption features on wireless routers important
+decide which computers are allowed on your network using MAC filtering list- the unique address for your network card
+set this rule: no Internet after 9 pm  (Internet access policy)
+talk about Internet chats, social networking sites, peer to peer networks, and e-mail
+ask who is on your child’s buddy list
+emphasize once you hit “send,” you can’t get it back!
+let your kids know you will be reviewing their computer time to time

A note: this is NOT a one time only talk. According to Finch, “Internet Safety is not easy, it is not quick, but it is not rocket science, either.”

There are many Internet Safety resources at http://besafe.more.net/isn.
Another website Finch spoke about was www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com.

Finch’s keynote was followed-up by a panel of experts who discussed issues like identity theft, spam, legal issues, how to monitor your kids while they are on the computer, and on line predators. Missed it? In St. Louis, Charter Communications will air the program soon. ISN programs will also be available on line: http://besafe.more.net/isn/.

Don’t Forget to BeSafe

I just wanted to remind our readers about MOREnet’s upcoming Internet Safety Night. The originating site for the Internet Safety videoconference will be in Columbia, Missouri, with connecting sites all over the U.S.  Cooperating School Districts is one hosting site in St. Louis.  If you live in the St. Louis area and want to attend this important videoconference, please RSVP to Rebecca Morrison by April 18.  The 2 hour videoconference is Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m.  If you are interested in being a host site, contact MOREnet directly. 

What will be covered?

  • online predators
  • cyber-bullying
  • identity theft
  • + more
 
Who can attend?
Members of the community- parents, educators, etc.  For those in St. Louis interested in coming to CSD to participate, just let us know.
 
 
For more details, visithttp://besafe.more.net/