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Instructional Techno 2-4

Volume 1, Issue 2


October 2012


Inside this issue:

Keeping Our Kids Safe
Feature Article: Keeping Our Kids Safe Keeping Our Elementary Kids Safe Safety for Mobile Devices Are Adults Keeping Safe? 1 Some interesting, and a bit scary, statistics:

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There are over 644,865 registered sex offenders in the United States, and over 100,000 are lost in the system.[1]

In 26% of online sex crimes against minors, offenders disseminated information and/or pictures of the victim through the victim's personal social networking site. [2]

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In 82% of online sex crimes against minors, the offender used the victim's social networking site to gain information about the victim's likes and dislikes. [2]

One in seven kids received a sexual solicitation online.[3]

youth met the solicitor online.[3] Sexual solicitations of youth occur:[3] o Chatrooms (37%) o Instant Messaging (40%) o Other, like gaming devices (21%) Sources: [1] United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2008. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. [2] Journal of Adolescent Health 47, 2010 [3] Wolak, Michell and Finkelhor. Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later. Alexandria, VA, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 2006. Think this only applies to teens? Keep reading...

65% of online sex offenders used the victim's social networking site to gain home and school information about the victim. [2]

Over half (56%) of kids sexually solicited online were asked to send a picture; 27% of the pictures were sexually-oriented in nature. [3]

44% of sexual solicitors were under the age of 18.[3]

26% of online sex offenders used the victim's social networking site to gain information about the victim's whereabouts at a specific time. [2]

Of aggressive sexual solicitations of youth (when the solicitor attempted to establish an offline contact via inperson meeting or phone call), 73% of

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Instructional Technology

Keeping Our Elementary Kids Safe

Did you know...

48 percent of students K-1st grade level interact with people on Web sites, while 50 percent indicate that their parents watch them when they use a computer, leaving the other half of those youngsters more prone to being exposed to predation behaviors or other threats posed by online strangers or even persons they know or regard as friends. [1] dren under 10 on Facebook are actually "friends" with their child on the site. [2] Only 10% of parents of children aged 10 and under had frank talks about appropriate online behavior and threats. [2] 13% of 2nd-3rd grade students report that they used the Internet to talk to people they do not know, 11% report having been asked to describe private things about their body and 10% have been exposed to private things about someone else's body. [1] Frequently children in 4th-6th grade levels engage in social networking activities. In the process they post personal, potentially exploitable, information about themselves online. Specifically, and within the last school year: 16% posted personal interests online, 15% posted information about their physical activities and 20% gave out their real name. In addition, 5% posted information about their school, 6% posted their home address, 6% posted their phone number and 9% posted pictures of themselves.[1] Sources: [1] Rochester Institute for Technology, 2008 Internet Safety Report [2] Consumer Reports, June 2011

38% of Facebook users in the last year (2010) were under the age of 13. [2] More than 25% of Facebook users last year (2010) were under the age of 10. [2] Only 18% of parents with chil-

Safety for Mobile Devices

Mobile DevicesLaptops, tablets, iPads, smartphones, anything you can carry around that can connect to the Internet or used to transmit information. These devices have some additional safety issues you need to be aware of to keep your personal information personal. Keep your software/operating system current. If virus protection/malware software is available use it and keep it updated. Connecting through WiFi hotspots: Be careful about the type of business you conduct through unsecured servers. Just for Phones: We carry our phones everywhere and they are easily lost or stolen. Your phone contains an amazing amount of information about you and your family. Use a passcode to unlock/lock your phone Only give your mobile number to people you know and trust. Never give out anyone elses number without their permission. Learn how to turn off geotagging of pictures on your phone. Did you Information in this newsletter courtesy of: Enough is Enough Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center know that predators can use the geotagging info on pictures you post of yourself, family and friends to track your location and find you? Before you download an app, understand what data it can access on your phone or account.

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Are Adults Keeping Safe?

Not always according to the latest research. 15% of Americans have never checked their social networking privacy and security account settings. (National Cyber Security Alliane (NCSA)-MacAfee Online Safety Study, 2011) 24% of Americans say they are not at all confident in their ability to use privacy settings. (National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)MacAfee Online Safety Study, 2011) Of the active adult users of Facebook, 66% reported they did not know privacy controls existed on Facebook and/or they did not know how to use the privacy controls. (Consumer Reports, June 2011) What Can You Do to Keep Safe? CIS (Center for Internet Security) is conducting its second annual Cyber Security Pledge campaign, which encourages citizens to declare their commitment to online safety. The pledge outlines positive behaviors such as creating strong passwords, protecting mobile devices, and reporting cyber security incidents. The pledge can be signed online at: In general: Dont store sensitive info on mobile devices without encrypting it first. Android and Apple apps are available to secure photos, passwords, and more.
Dont respond to emails, even

been compromised, change your password IMMEDIATELY.

Use different passwords for

different accounts
Use different passwords for

the ones that look official, asking for personal info.

Logoff your computer when

work and personal accounts More Ideas: Use PayPal when shopping online. Dont give your credit card out to any websites unless you trust them completely. Dont click on links in emails or download attachments. And just because it looks official doesnt mean it is. Check the sender address carefully. Lots of Phishing on the Internet. Want to know more? Visit these websites and learn more about how to be safe online and how to keep our children safe. index.cfm MS-ISAC Cyber Tips Newsletter: Safeguarding your Data Microsoft Safety and Security Center: Create strong passwords MS-ISAC Daily Tip: Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams MS-ISAC Cyber Tips Newsletter: Online Shopping MS-ISAC Cyber Tips Newsletter: Securing a Wireless Network

youre not using it.

When banking and shopping, look for URLs that start with https:// and shttp:// which indicate a secure site.

Use good password behavior: Should be at least 8 characters (many sites require this), contain at least one upper case, one lowercase letters, numbers and symbols
Avoid words and proper names regardless of language. Hackers use programs to guess passwords by trying every word in a dictionary Dont use personal info

name, childrens name, birthdates, etc. that someone might know or easily obtain.
Never share your password

with anyone.
Never write your passwords

Protect devices with strong passwords that cant be easily guessed and change password periodically If you think your account has

From the Virginia DOE

SAS Curriculum Pathways usersthere is a new online course, The VDOE will be offering free 6Beginning to Teach with SAS Curweek online courses featuring the riculum Pathways. This asynchroIntel Elements Courses: Thinking nous, self-paced learning option Critically with Data, Assessment in introduces SAS Curriculum Path21st Century Classrooms, Projectways and provides guidance and Based Approaches, and Collaborasupport as teachers develop indition in the Digital Classroom. See vidual lesson plans to address their instructional goals. There is us/en/education/k12/teachno fee, and documentation is proelements.html where you can view vided for those who complete the a PDF of the syllabus for each course (10 contact hours). Becourse. Classes will be begin in cause the course includes classmid-October (we hope) and you room-integration assignments, it will receive a note from me indicatmust be completed during the ing dates for these excellent PD school year. courses and how to sign up. Professional Development Virginia Tech offers a Masters in Instructional Technology online: id=itma The new site A Platform for Good (http:// addresses the need for communication about digital citizenship: Our vision for A Platform for Good is to start a dialogue about what it means to participate responsibly in a digital world. While recognizing the potential risks, we will celebrate technology as a vehicle for opportunity and social change. We hope to achieve this goal by providing parents and teachers with the resources to learn about and interact with new technologies, and by giving teens the ability to engage and teach their peers, family members and educators. Through this approach, we hope to encourage good digital citizenship, responsible online behavior, and the use of technology for positive change and making a difference.

Website Recommendations
War Pretzels - addition and subtraction Math Fries - addition and subtraction Defeat the Math Monster - four basic operations Arcademic Skill Builders - math for all ages through Algebra

Social Studies Virginia Scavenger Hunt: Learn about key events and places in Virginia history.
Ben's Guide to US Government online activities, printables, and kid-friendly information

Synonyms Sam's Lab : synonyms

KOL Jr. Rhyming Stories (read aloud stories) Teaching Resources HippoCampus: Videos, lectures, lesson plans for arithmetic and history including videos on Christopher Columbus and Jamestown. The Story of Virginia: Lots of content, virtual museum rooms and more.

Squish the Fish - adaptation, camouflage, habitats, predator/prey Hidden Animal Games - camouflage EdHead Simple Machines - simple machines EdHead Odd/Compound Machines force, gravity, magnetism

Jamestown Online Adventure: As the leader of the colony the decisions you make will determine if the colonists live or die. Language Arts Game Goo: many language arts activities Hopposites: antonyms

The Butterfly Website: Lesson plans for teaching life cycle of a butterfly. The Solar System: From NASA a site with lots of resources, images, and more.