Title of the Topic: Protecting elementary school students from inappropriate material.
Scope: The E-Pathfinder is designed to help to parents and teachers of elementary school students keep their children from viewing inappropriate content. Through scholarly articles and links to helpful companies, the E-Pathfinder should be a great source to the target audience. It will cover the topics of spyware, pop-ups, spam, and search filters.
Targeted Audience: Parents and teachers of students in K-5th grade.WEBSITES
This site describes spyware and how it gets on computers.http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/kidsspyware1.mspx
This site is a great resource which describes the dangers of the net, safety guidelines, and safety tools.http://www.protectkids.com/
This is another site which describes the dangers to children and ways to protect them.http://www.kidshield.com/
This site describes a non-profit organization which offers free filters and teaches webmasters how to design and rate their sites.http://www.icra.org/
This site, based out of the UK is an internet safety program teachers can use in classrooms. It has a section for the kids, a section for teachers, and a section for parents. There are games, quizzes, tips, and lesson plans.www.kidsmart.org.uk/
This site describes specific ways children can accidentally find inappropriate materials on the web and ways for adults to prevent them. There are links to other resources and related articles.http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/net_safety.htmlArticles
This is an article which discussed how filters work and some problems with them.http://www.prospect.org/print/V12/1/nunberg-g.html
This is a scholarly article written about the history of media and its influence on children. It begins with radio, and ends up on the internet. In talking about the internet, the author discusses how it can influence children and what can be done to protect them.http://www.teacherlib.org/articles/wartella.pdfArticle from InfoTrac OneFile. Useful article on protecting children while on MySpace.
Making myspace safe for kids: Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal talks about efforts to protect users of the networking site from sex newsmaker. by:Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
"How should MySpace change to become a safe environment for children? "
"MySpace has to provide greater protection against pornography and child predators that pose continuing dangers on this Web site and very possibly other social-networking sites similar to MySpace. "
"What are your specific proposed changes? "
"We're going to be suggesting some very specific measures that MySpace can take based on our conversations with MySpace as well as with other law enforcement authorities at the state and local levels. We've received hundreds of complaints from parents who are concerned about these issues, and we want to be sure that the measures we propose are technologically feasible and financially viable. "Article from InfoTrac OneFile on safety tips for parents.Your child and internet tips to keep them safe on the information parenting by:Ebony James
Excerpt: The Internet can be a valuable educational tool with limitless benefits. But anyone and everyone can publish material as well as access the information superhighway. Sexual predators, pornographic material and sites promoting racial hatred are just a few of the dangers that children can encounter when surfing the Net. Preteens and teens are particularly vulnerable because they are more likely to go online unsupervised. Despite the dangers, there are steps that parents can take to make sure their child is surfing the Web safely.Article from InfoTrac OneFile about an organization helping stop children from seeking porn.Which? calls for action to stop kids accessing porn via brief article. by:New Media AgeExcerpt:
Consumer champion Which? has released a report today highlighting the issue of children accessing hardcore pornography online through passcodes sent via text message.
This could impact on mobile aggregators as operators examine the provision of such billing mechanisms. Media owners, including adult content providers, are increasingly using premium rate SMS to bill for online content. Consumers text to a shortcode to receive a unique code to unlock premium content online. Which?, the publication from the Consumers Association, today announced its investigation into the issue, hyped as 'Kids' mobile porn loophole'.Article From HW Wilson giving parents information on Blogs
.What Parents Need to Know About Internet Blogs by: Jet Magazine (no author listed)
Excerpt: Indeed, a youth Internet safety survey conducted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children found that, during a one-year-period, one in five regular Internet users aged between 10 and 17 have received sexual solicitations or approaches. Everett says that parents should teach themselves about blogs so that they can take the necessary steps to prevent their children from placing sensitive information on the Internet.
This article describes the possibility of filtering web pages with labels, and it gives an illustration of what the labels would look like.http://www.sciamdigital.com/gsp_qpdf.cfm?ISSUEID_CHAR=00B8E369-1805-4A27-A331-9D727FEAC21&ARTICLEID_CHAR=34B20C7B-C187-4AB1-A66F-3606FFF0E36
This article tells parents that they need to talk to their children about talking to strangers on the internet and the possible dangers. Provides a link to the full text article. http://www.jaacap.com/pt/re/jaacap/abstract.00004583-199805000-00020.htm;jsessionid=Ee6SdVaLZVioQtcn6p42Hicgw5JTqr29lFU07139b1H7nbym6aVA!169259080!-949856144!9001!-1Books
The Internet Playground: Children's Access, Entertainment, And Mis-education by:Ellen Seiter.
Based on four years of experience teaching computers to 8-12 year olds, media scholar Ellen Seiter offers parents and educators practical advice on what children need to know about the Internet and when they need to know it. The Internet Playground argues that, contrary to the promises of technology boosters, teaching with computers is very difficult. Seiter points out that the Internet today resembles a mall more than it does a library. While children love to play online games, join fan communities, and use online chat and instant messaging, the Internet is also an appallingly aggressive marketer to children and, as this book passionately argues, an educational boondoggle.Nontechnical Strategies to Reduce Children's Exposure to Inappropriate Material on the Internet by:Board on Children, Youth and Families, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council
Summary of a workshop from the Committee to study tools and strategies for protecting kids from pornography and their applicability to other inappropriate internet content.Protecting Our Children on the Internet; Towards a New Culture of Responsibility by: Bertelsmann Stiftung (Editor), et al
The Internet offers many new possibilities in communications, business, and entertainment. At the same time, the cross-cultural flow of data requires new responsibilities for media providers, users, and law enforcement authorities (in the case of criminal content). The Bertelsmann Foundation and renowned experts have developed a set of recommendations to effectively secure responsibility, and to protect children from illegal and harmful content. This self-regulatory system is based on four pillars: self-regulation, self-rating and filtering, hotlines, and law enforcement as supplement to self-regulation.
The publication also presents the results of a representative, tri-national (Australia, Germany, USA) Internet-user survey on self-regulation and protection of minors. In addition, it contains a detailed bibliography of important publications on Internet regulation, youth protection, and self-regulation.Safety first : children and the internet: An easy to use guide for parents & teachers
by Merle Marsh
Brief and Straightforward Guide: How to Keep Kids Safe when OnlineQuestions and answers on library law: Children's Internet Protection Act
by Scott F UhlerYouth, Pornography and the Internet: Can We Provide Sound Choices in a Safe Environment by: National Academy Presshttp://www4.nationalacademies.org/news.nsf/isbn/0309082749?OpenDocument
This book is a national report on providing a safe environment on the internet for children. The link is to an article about the book. Excerpt from the article: "No Single Solution for Protecting Kids From Internet Pornography WASHINGTON -- No single approach -- technical, legal, economic, or educational -- will be sufficient to protect children from online pornography, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council. It describes social and educational strategies, technology-based tools, and legal and regulatory approaches that can be mixed and adapted to fit different communities' circumstances."Safety Monitor: How to Protect Your Kids Online by: Detective Mike Sullivan
Safety Monitor provides hands-on, step-by-step, practical instruction for parents to protect their children from exploitation, sexual predators, adult-only content, pornography, and other harmful content that comes with computer and Internet access.