TechMission Boston Overview

Report
Online Safety for C4’s
Bil Mooney-McCoy,
Director, Safe Families
TechMission
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Safe Families
What is meant by “ONLINE SAFETY”?
Safety: the state of being certain that adverse effects
will not be caused by some agent under defined
conditions.
Some agent = the Internet
Defined conditions = the Computer Center
Adverse Effects
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Pornography
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Contact with Sexual Predators
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Other Dangers
Pornography: General Stats
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As of 2003, 1.3 million pornographic websites
(N2H2, 2003)
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The total porn industry - estimates from $4 billion to $10 billion
(National Research Council Report, 2002).
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Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction: 10% (28% are women)
(internet-filter-review.com)
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More than 20,000 images of child pornography posted online every
week
(National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 10/8/03).
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1 out of every 6 women, including Christians, struggles with an
addiction to porn
(Today’s Christian Woman, Fall 2003)
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51% of pastors say cyber-porn is a possible temptation. 37% say it is
a current struggle
(Christianity Today, Leadership Survey, 12/2001)
Pornography: Youth-Specific Stats
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9 out of 10 children aged between eight and 16 have viewed
pornography on the Internet, in most cases unintentionally.
(London School of Economics January 2002)
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Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography: 11 years old
(internet-filter-review.com)
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Largest consumer of Internet pornography: 12 - 17 age group
(internet-filter-review.com)
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Adult industry says traffic is 20-30% children
(NRC Report 2002, 3.3)
“Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United
States has so much indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible
by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions.”
---DOJ
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Online Perpetrators
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1 in 5 children who use Chat rooms have been approached by
pedophile online
(Telegraph.co.uk. 1/02)
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2 in 5 abductions ages 15-17, due to Internet
(San Diego Police Dept.)
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76% of victims in Net-initiated sexual exploitation cases were 13-15,
75% were girls. "Most cases progressed to face-to-face sexual
encounters" - 93% of the face-to-face meetings involved illegal sex.
(Journal of Adolescent Health, November 2004.)
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Other Dangers
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Problematic Content
Non-pornographic Sexual, Gore and Violence Pictures, Racist/Hate/Occult
Organizations, Illegal Drug Use.
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Chat Rooms, Blogs and Message Boards
Many unmonitored, no parental approval required
Often rude, obscene, defamatory, very sexualized
Children tend to share personal and identifying information including pictures
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Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
Music, Videos, Software file sharing is usually illegal
Lots of exchange of pornographic files and other unsavory files
Prone to infecting computers with Adware and Viruses
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TechMission Safe Families
Focused on protecting children in at-risk
communities from pornography and other
dangers on the Internet
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Goals of the TechMission Safe Families
Program
TechMission is launching our Safe Families
Program in 2005 with the goals of:
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Providing training and educational materials for parents,
churches, and community organizations in at-risk
communities to protect their children online
Distributing over 100,000 copies of free Internet filtering
software
SOLUTION
“SAFETY RULES
&
SOFTWARE TOOLS”
(One without the other is ineffective)
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Options for Internet Tools
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Client-based Filtering
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Router-based (Server-based) Filtering
Monitoring Software
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We-Blocker: Free
Norton Internet Security: $4/computer
Other software $20-50/year
Good for accountability or added protection
Client vs. Router Based Filtering
Client-Based Filters
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Router-Based Filters
Installed on each machine
Installed on Internet Connection
More difficult to maintain
More complex to administer
Easier to have unwanted bypass
Harder to have unwanted bypass
Easier to enable staff-bypass
Difficult to enable staff-bypass
Adjustments to each machine
Adjustments made centrally
http://www.filterguide.com/ratings.htm
Free Client Internet Filtering:
We-Blocker (We-Blocker.com)
FREE!
Windows only
Customizable
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Discounted Internet Filtering for Labs
Discounted filtering (Norton Internet Security
2005 for less than $4/computer via
techsoup.com; labs only)
Norton Internet Security 2005 is a suite of
products that, together, provide firewall
protection, Internet connection intrusion
prevention, privacy tools, virus protection, spam
filtering, and Web browser content filtering for
your desktop computer.
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1 for $15.00
5 for $34.00
10 for $56.00
25 for $98
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Router Based Tools
Zyxel HS-100 HomeSafe Router
$50.00; $34.99/year for Cerberian subscription
http://www.us.zyxel.com/products/model.php?indexcate=
1088622580&indexcate1=1088621451&indexFlagvalue=1088555542
Belkin Wireless G Router (F5D7231-4)
$60.00;$19.99/year for Cerberian subscription after 6 month
trial
http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_
Id=&Product_Id=179477
Linksys Parental Control Router (WRT54GS)
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$75.00; $39.95/year to Netopia subscription
http://linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=610&scid=35
Monitoring Software
 Doesn’t block, simply reports
 Sends email to peers or accountability partners
 Red-flags questionable or objectionable web site visits
 Impractical in computer center, but useful for families or personal
accountability.
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Free Monitoring Software: X3Watch
Monitoring Software
• FREE
• Ministry of xxx.church.com
• Regularly sends list of questionable
web visits to selected recipients
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http://www.x3watch.com
For Fee Monitoring Software:
Covenant Eyes
Monitoring Software
• $6.99/mo. or less
• Pricing for households/ministry
staff/businesses
• Regularly sends detail of ALL web visits to
selected recipients
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http://www.covenanteyes.com
Safety Rules: Implementing an
Online Safety Program in Your C4
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Safe Families
Steps to Implementing Online Safety
in Your Computer Center
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3.
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Develop and Post Acceptable Use Policy for
Computer Center
Install Internet Filtering Software on all lab computers
or install a server/router to filter for all computers
Train all computer lab participants in online safety and
lab use through an online safety presentation
Always have a lab monitor in the computer lab and
train them in enforcing the rules
SAFETY RULES
Acceptable Use Policy for Internet Users
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Outlines responsibilities and privileges
Should be posted; reviewed and signed by all center clients
Needs to address illegal activities such as copyright violations,
drugs, gambling, child porn, sexual solicitation, viruses, hacking,
online harassment
Need to determine if different standards will be implemented for
children vs. adults
Consequences for violations should be clearly stated and practiced.
SAFETY RULES
Rules are needed for staff as well
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Organizations are vulnerable to sexual harassment or hostile
workplace lawsuits for allowing employees to view and
download pornography
Organizations can be liable to copyright owners for allowing
employees to download files without owners’ permission
Things to Include in an Online Safety
Presentation
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Review computer center acceptable use policy
Instructions for what to do if objectionable content appears
Safety Tips
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Instruct youth never to plan a face-to-face meeting with
someone that they have met online
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Teach youth never to give out personal information
Resources for Implementing an
Online Safety Program in Your C4
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Netsmartz (www.netsmartz.com)
WebsafeCrackerz (www.websafecrackerz.com)
TechMission Safe Families
– TechMission is developing an online safety presentation
template for C4’s to use to implement their own online
safety program (www.techmission.org/safefamilies/)
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Best Practices
AC4 Recommends that C4’s
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Do not allow any chat rooms or file sharing programs
Do not allow pornography or other “adult” web browsing for all
users
Other Practices
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Always have a lab monitor in the room with computers in a public
area with screen easily visible to staff
If lab is mainly used by children, set your homepage to be a kidfriendly search engines
Kid Friendly Search Engines
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Ask Jeeves for Kids (www.ajkids.com)
Yahooligans (www.yahooligans.com)
OneKey (www.onekey.com)
Kids Click (www.kidsclick.org)
Education World (www.education-world.com)
Additional Resources
 WebSites
netsmartz.org/
enough.org/
protectkids.com/
isafe.org
 User Groups/Message Boards
SafeKids/NetFamily Newsletter
NetFamilyNews.org
Children's Online Safety Consortium
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/COSConsortium/
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other
Future Safe Families Services
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Free Internet Filtering CD
Internet Safety Presentations
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for C4 Participants
for parents
for pastors and ministry leaders
Internet Safety Toolkit for Churches and
Ministries

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