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Main article: Family Safety

This presentation outline is to assist in the creation of presentations that will educate families about the safe use of current technologies. Content here does not reflect official opinions of the Church but is created by the collaborative efforts of volunteers.

Introduction

Technology is rapidly changing the way we communicate, etc. Like many other things in the world, technology can be used for good as well as for harmful purposes.

To Do: Improve Introduction

Technology & The Youth

Our youth are embracing the many technologies today and making them commonplace.

General Traits

  • Love to share - Feelings, Thoughts, Experiences, Video, Photos, etc.
  • Demand Immediate Information -
  • Overloaded -
  • Isolated -
  • Mobile -

Use Statistics

  • 93% of 12-17 year-olds online (U.S.)[1]
  • Favorite online activity of 12-17 years-olds (U.S): Games[1]
To Do: Find % of youth with a Social Networking profile & % of youth with a cell phone

Negative Statistics

  • Average age of first exposure to pornography
  •  % of teens who met in person a stranger who they had met originally online (boys vs. girls)
  •  % of 7-17 year-olds will willingly give out their address online
To Do: Find recent (2007-2009) statistics about technology dangers

Internet

Main article: Internet (Family Safety)

The Internet, also referred to as the World Wide Web, connects all the world's computers... Benefits of the Internet include Communication (Email, Chat), Sharing Files, Social Networking, Information (News, Research), Gaming, Shopping, and Entertainment.

To Do:  Introduce Internet

Use Statistics

  • Over 1 billion people with Internet access[2]
  • Almost 1.6 billion Internet users (second opinion)[3]
  • Over 1 trillion unique webpages[4]

Search

Main article: Search (Family Safety)
To Do:  Introduce Search
  • In February 2009 approximately 8.5 billion searches were submitted to the top 10 most popular search engines (U.S.).[5]

Risks

  • Pornography

Recommendations

  • Install a Filter

Image Search

Risks

  • Pornography

Recommendations

  • Install a Filter

Email

Main article: Email (Family Safety)
To Do:  Introduce Email

Risks

  • Spam?
  • Attachments
  • Scams/Phishing

Recommendations

  • Forward emails with caution

Instant Messaging

Main article: Instant Messaging (Family Safety)
To Do:  Introduce Instant Messaging

Risks

Recommendations

  • Know the acronyms

Chat Rooms

Main article: Chat Rooms (Family Safety)
To Do:  Introduce Chat Rooms

Risks

  • Predators

Recommendations

  • Don’t give out information - Address, Phone #, etc.

Social Networking

Main article: Social Networking (Family Safety)


Use Statistics

  • 65% of teens use social networking[6]
  • 35% of adults use social networking (but far more common among younger adults)[6]

Benefits

Groups Interests, Causes, etc.

Sharing Stories, links, photos, videos

Risks

Viruses

Main article: Viruses (Family Safety)
To Do:  Introduce Viruses

Identity Theft

Main article: Identity Theft (Family Safety)
To Do:  Introduce Identity Theft on Social Networks

Predators

Main article: Predators (Family Safety)
To Do:  Introduce Predators on Social Networks
  • "Myspace has identified and barred some 90,000 registered sex offenders from using the site over the last two years."[7]
  • Facebook removed 5,585 sex offenders between May 2008 & Jan. 2009.[8]

Cyberbullying

Main article: CyberBullying (Family Safety)
To Do:  Introduce Cyberbullying on Social Networks

Recommendations

Get a profile

Privacy Settings

Become connected to your children on the social networking sites they use

Know their password

Cell Phones

Main article: Cell Phones (Family Safety)
To Do:  Introduce Cell Phones

Use Statistics

  • 79% of teens have a cell phone (as of 2008; up 36% since 2005)[9]
  • Teens use a cell phone for texting and talking in nearly equal amounts.[9]

Benefits

Text Messaging

Main article: Text Messaging (Family Safety)
To Do:  Introduce Text Messaging

Picture/Video Messaging

Main article: MMS (Family Safety)
To Do:  Introduce MMS

Risks

Sexting

Recommendations

Carrier Parental Controls

To Do:  List and briefly discuss the parental controls that the cell phone carriers provide

Conclusion

Technology (Good vs. Bad)

Quotes

A couple quotes from General Authorities

Overall Recommendations

Location

  • No computers in the bedroom; out in open, high traffic areas instead

Limit

  • Install a filter
  • Time limits

Learn

  • Constantly educate yourself and your children of the benefits/risks of technology

Additional Resources

Church

Non-Church

Optional Sections

Gaming

Main article: Gaming (Family Safety)


Ratings

Online Gameplay

Main article: Online Gaming (Family Safety)


Virtual Worlds

Main article: Virtual Worlds (Family Safety)


Recommendations

Television

Main article: Television (Family Safety)


Ratings

Recommendations

  • Time limits
  • Avoid channel surfing
  • VChip

Peer-to-Peer

Main article: Peer-to-Peer Applications (Family Safety)


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pew Internet, Generations Online in 2009
  2. Global Internet Audience Surpasses 1 Billion Visitors, According to comScore
  3. Internet World Stats
  4. Google Blog
  5. Nielsen Online Announces February U.S. Search Share Rankings
  6. 6.0 6.1 Pew Internet, Adults and Social Network Websites
  7. MySpace: 90,000 sex offenders removed in two years (Reuters)
  8. Facebook Has Removed 5,585 Sex Offenders (CBS News)
  9. 9.0 9.1 2008 Harris Interactive study
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