Dear Parents:


On Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Wickford Middle School hosted an informational seminar for parents and students addressing online communication safety concerns. The presenters shared valuable techniques for improving online safety awareness. Please take a moment to visit the attached document and resources provided by David Porter and Mike Khalfayan.

Also, listed below are key points that were shared that evening.


Advice for Parents...

1. Create an honest and open environment

2. Initiate conversations with your children regarding online safety and good practices

3. Remind your children that once they post information online they can't take it back

4. Know what your kids are doing

5. Help your kids to understand what information should stay private and why

6. Be aware of APPS


Cyber Safety Resources

Consumer Protection FBI- Scams & Safety http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/ Internet Crime Prevention Tips http://www.ic3.gov/preventiontips.aspx Internet Crime Complaint Center – Report criminal complaints regarding cyber crime http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

Identity Theft: What to Do if It Happens to You http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs17a.htm

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/index.shtml Report Phishing – What is phishing? http://www.us-cert.gov/nav/report_phishing.html

Privacy Laws By State http://epic.org/privacy/consumer/states.html Looks To Good To Be True: Helping the consumer from falling victim of internet fraud http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com/index.aspx

StaySafeOnline – Using the Internet safely and securely at home, work and school http://www.staysafeonline.org/

Cyber Tipline – Handles calls and online reports of sexual exploitation of children http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PageServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=2936

Home Network Security – Gives home users an overview of the security risks and countermeasures associate with Internet connectivity http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/home_networks.html