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In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users?

My guide to becoming (and raising) an educated, responsible Internet user.

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This semester, in Issues in Cyberspace we've examined a number of current topics ranging from cyberbullying, piracy, trolling, and safe social media behaviors to data mining and other components that consequently come with using the World Wide Web. With the Internet becoming a tool utilized around the clock by users of all ages, there are an astounding amount of consequences that can come from making just one mistaken keystroke. These resources that I've organized provide ways to avoid those mistakes, explore those that try to prey on unsuspecting Internet users, how to become a generally more educated Internet user, and more.

                We've seen in Danah Boyd's article The Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online that teenagers are large indication of growing trends, especially those online. With an estimated 95% of American teenagers being active Internet users, and spending a shockingly increased amount of time online, it is imperative that young people (and those that look after them) be educated on the risks affiliated with the Internet as well as how to protect themselves from falling victim to the threats associated with "being online."

                Smartphones and laptop computers are now consider norms in our society, meaning that young people have more access and are more closely connected to the World Wide Web than ever. The resources I've compiled explain concepts such as data mining (in the form of an article a bit easier to read than Joel Stein's Data Mining: How Companies Know Everything About You) and trolling for those who aren't Internet savvy, tips for responsible Internet use, and other easily understandable links meant to not only inform, but to educate and promote raising young people into responsible Internet users. Some of these resources also include tips on how to responsibly use social media and the newly-developed video chat feature now available on most smartphones, and are meant to promote a better understanding of how to be a responsible Internet user. Some of these resources even go a step beyond simply explaining what not to do online, and offer suggestions as to what sites, games, music, movies, etc. are age appropriate for influential young people.

                Several of the resources that I've included contain interactive quizzes in order to help Internet users measure their level of savvy in various components of "being online" which I've found to be fun as well as enlightening. I sought out resources that I best thought to appeal to parents and that seemed most relevant in the subject matter. I feel that after reviewing this compilation of resources, one could go from a completely oblivious to an incredibly educated, responsible Internet user. 

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trolls

trolls | In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users? | Scoop.it
Types of trolls. How to deal with a troll in cyberspace. Individual response. Community response. Administrative response. Online safety.
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This website explains and explores the concept of online "trolling," including types of trolls, the definition of a troll, why people troll, when trolling becomes harassment, and how to deal with conflict with trolls online. This website provides very useful resources such as: Lists of cyberstalking laws, how to stay safe online, the psycho-pathology of cyberstalkers, how to increase ones' security online, and more. This is the most valuable resource I've found online describing "trolling" to date.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Data Mining but Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Wanted to Know About Data Mining but Were Afraid to Ask | In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users? | Scoop.it
A guide to what data mining, how it works, and why it's important.
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This article written by Alexander Furnas provides a simple understanding of the concept of data mining. Furnas' article goes on to explore the importance of data mining as well as how it works. I feel that Furnas was able to explain a technical subject in terms that were easy to understand by those who aren't typically tech-savvy. 

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netaddiction.com

netaddiction.com | In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users? | Scoop.it
Welcome to Netaddiction.com and the Center for Online Addiction - Resources for therapists and families, tips on Cyber-wellness, and Personal Therapy.
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This website further explores the increased risk and consequences associated with Internet addiction and explores the multiple aspects of the addiction including: cybersex/porn, online affairs, online gaming, and compulsive surfing. NetAddiction.com also provides a useful questionnaire that words towards diagnosing Internet Addiction and addresses the issue as "A growing epidemic." This website goes on to provide treatment services, recovery resources, and other educational resources.

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Trend Data (Teens) | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Trend Data (Teens) | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users? | Scoop.it
Charts and Excel data files of a selection of the Pew Internet Project's latest findings on American teens (ages 12-17).
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This collection of statistics and guides provided by the Pew Research Center provides adults with a better understanding of teenagers' Internet use and behaviors. The Pew Research Center is a constantly updated source monitoring the Internet trends of children and adults alike. Measured trends on the site include: Teen gadget ownership (entailing specifics as to what kinds of handheld mobile devices teens access the internet on), Internet access type (how and where teens access the internet),  Online Activities: What Teens Do Online (the specific websites that teens visit and participate in) as well as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet summary of basic Internet usage patterns of teenagers.

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Parental Monitoring to Prevent Cyberbullying and Sexting

Our Parental Intelligence tools, including Twitter, Facebook, location and mobile monitoring, enable parents to keep kids safe online and on the mobile phone.
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uKnowKids provides the service of tracking and monitoring the Internet activities and text messages of young people. This service provides parents with a feedback report revealing social media activity, mobile monitoring, as well as location monitoring. uKnowKids realizes that parents can't constantly look over the shoulders of their children when they are online, so this service provides a consolidated report of their children's Internet behaviors.

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Reviews and Ratings for Family Movies, TV Shows, Websites, Video Games, Books and Music

Reviews and Ratings for Family Movies, TV Shows, Websites, Video Games, Books and Music | In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users? | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent ...
Kaleigh Borushko's insight:

Common Sense Media is a website that provides safe internet browsing suggestions for young Internet users and a guide for parents. This guide comes equipped with reviews (and age appropriateness) for current entertainment options such as movies, games, apps, websites, TV, books, and music. This website emphasizes educational options and recognizes that media and technology are quickly taking the place of other activities. Additionally, this site provides a safe browsing guide and other helpful features. 

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OnGuard Online

OnGuard Online | In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users? | Scoop.it
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OnGuard Online is a website maintained by the United States Department of State that provides multiple educational resources with tips on how to protect oneself or one's children against the dangers that lurk throughout the Internet. There are tips on how to avoid scams, how to protect one's children, how to secure your own computer against incoming threats, and more. OnGuard also provides a bit of a reference guide for the computer illiterate that explains phishing, scams, and how to use public WIFI.

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LEARN THE NET: Test Yourself

LEARN THE NET: Test Yourself | In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users? | Scoop.it
Quizzes to test your knowledge of the Internet
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This online guide on how to stay safe provides resources to almost every aspect of online safety.  Not only does this website give privacy tips, but also has instruction guides, security software suggestions, and interesting tests to evaluate your own Netiquette and more.

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B4USurf - Home

B4USurf - Home | In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users? | Scoop.it
With the B4USurf website, the BSA and its partners aim to provide educators and parents with information and educational resources to help youths understand the dangers that exist online and to surf safely and responsibly.
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This website published by BSA (The Software Alliance) outlines the risks for youths that come with piracy online. This website provides resources for parents, educators, and youths alike for how to avoid committing piracy online, how to protect yourself online, and how to enjoy oneself online legally. B4USurf utilizes games, quizzes, and fact sheets in order to effectively convey their point to young people. 

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Netiquette Home Page -- A Service of Albion.com

This page is dedicated to the topic of network etiquette.
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Virginia Shea's book Netiquette goes over proper network etiquette for those unfamiliar with "net lingo" and other aspects of the Internet that would seem strange to infrequent Internet users such as: Chain letters, email etiquette, elements of electronic style, violations of "netiquette" and more. This resource seems to be incredibly helpful for "unhip" (or just un-tech-savvy) adults who typically view the Internet as more or less as a "no man's land" and yearn to be in the know. 

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Video Chat and Webcams

Video Chat and Webcams | In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users? | Scoop.it
Advice for young people on the safe and responsible use of video chatting services and webcams.
Kaleigh Borushko's insight:

Childnet International is a very helpful website aimed towards making "the Internet a great and safe place for children." This site develops and provides resources based on the experiences of real life young Internet users and works to promote the concept that "When used properly the internet is a wonderfully positive tool for children and young people." This website also describes safe Internet practices, such as how to safely utilize video chatting. 

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Internet Addiction: Too Much Time Online? | Webroot

Internet Addiction: Too Much Time Online? | Webroot | In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users? | Scoop.it
Kids' ages 8 to 18 now spend an average of 10 hours and 45 minutes a day, seven days a week with media.
Kaleigh Borushko's insight:

This collection of links provided by Webroot, (a company oriented towards making Internet usage a painless experience) include Internet safety tips on very specific topics (dating online, YouTube videos, Internet gambling, etc.) that affect developing children who are active Internet users. This article touches on the subject of Internet Addiction and how to evaluate whether or not your child is spending too much time online. Specifically, the risks associated with Internet Addiction are addressed as well as how to prevent this growing plague.

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Internet Safety

Internet Safety | In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users? | Scoop.it
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This plethora of resources provided by the Washington State Office of the Attorney General includes guides for adults, families, seniors, and teenager with tips on risks associated with the internet, and how to avoid those risks. For teens, the guide covers ultra-relevant topics such as how to avoid being bullied, stalked, or a part of a scam. The teen guide also explains intricate concepts, such as phishing and inability to completely "erase" things from the internet in terms that young people can easily understand. 

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Basic Internet Safety

Basic Internet Safety | In a non-stop, constantly developing, technological world, how can adults raise responsible Internet users? | Scoop.it
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This website created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a program aimed at educating parents and children on how to deal with new challenges presented by the Internet. This website includes discussion prompts, safety tips, videos where real-life victims of Internet crimes share their stories, and more. The resources provided by this site seem to help prevent average internet  users from becoming victims. This is especially helpful for parents with older children or teenagers in their lives.

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