Category Archives: For Kids and Parents

Smiley Faces – Showing Emotions In Text Chat

The smiley face is an incredibly popular text based image for empathising emotional responses for numerous forms of digital communication. Smiley faces are created by typing the required symbols, such as : – ) on your keyboard. Most software will automatically generated a graphical smiley image when you type the required symbols. The Wingdings font also provides a smiley icon.

Many Chat rooms, email and Instant Messaging sites and programs provide an amazing range of amusing smiley face emotions and symbols for free.

The following table contains a small range of Smiley face symbols and meanings. As you can see the software I am using to write my blog also generates automatic graphics, where this has occurred I have separated the symbols with a space. I hope you find it interesting and helpful.

SMILE MEANING SMILE MEANING SMILE MEANING
( :- D Big Smile :^) Broken nose :-E Buck-tooth Smiley face
=^.^= Cat C= : -) Chef Smiley face %-( Confused
O.o Confused :*) Drunk smile (:I Egghead
> – ) Evil grin :-! Foot in Mouth :’-) Happy Crying
(((H))) Hugs :-X Kiss on the lips : – D 😀 Laughter
:—–) Long nosed Liar! :-($) Money where your mouth is :@) Pig Smiley face
` : – ) Raised Eyebrow : P 😛 Raspberry Smiley <(-_-)> ; Robot
@-}— Rose @>–;– Rose : ( 😦 Sad Smiley face
: – ( Sad Smiley face with nose :-@ Scream : ) 🙂 Smiley face
: – ) Smiley face with nose :-< Super Sad Smiley face :-& Tongue Tied
{ : – ) Toupee Smiley face :@ What? ; ) 😉 Winking Smiley face
; – ) Winking Smiley face with nose |-O Yawning Smiley face :-0 Yell
O : – ) Angel – Boy O *-) Angel – Girl (\_/)

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STRANGER DANGER

One of the scariest risks for our little ones when using the Internet is the danger of strangers. Over the years many paedophiles have had the opportunity to master Internet skills and their deception skills. These people use online chat rooms, instant messaging and email to locate, deceive and contact our children. Far too often we hear of children meeting up with these sick individuals. Many will start out by pretending to be another child, and slowly but surely gain your child’s trust. They study our children, learn how they talk with one another, what our kids are talking about, they will even play kids games, all to gain our children’s trust.

Most children will never suspect that they are talking with an adult, and once they have gained entry into a circle of friends they will spend a lot of effort locating a child that they think they can manipulate. They will happily act as a best friend and always endeavour to have the perfect replies, slowly but surely grooming the child to believe that they are fun, kind and helpful. Every minute they spend talking to our children they a waiting for a chance to locate them or have them come to them.

This might all sound far too scary a risk, to even allow your child onto the Internet but just like the real world, if we are aware of these dangers we can better educate ourselves and our children. We can then ensure that we install as many safety strategies as possible, to keep our young ones safe, while they explore the exciting, entertaining and educational world of the Internet.

SAFETY STRATEGIES

  • Place your computer where everyone can see and use it. Computers should not be placed in your child’s bedroom or in any room away from public view. Just as you watch your children while they play in a new area you should also watch your children while they play on the computer, for the Internet can be a dangerous area.
  • Sit down with your children and openly discuss the need for safe behaviour rules and work out a list of rules to follow when using the Internet. You should include rules to protect everyone’s privacy, such as what can and can not be revealed over the Internet. Set a rule for how long your child can spend on the Internet. Explain the need for and use of good manners on the Internet (AKA Netiquette). Discuss the type of emails or Messages that should be ignored and what to do if they come across any suspicious or inappropriate content. Talk to your older children about copyright, privacy and hacking laws.
  • If you can, use labels, safe zones and filters to block access to inappropriate content and sites. Also invest in Anti Virus Software, many have inbuilt filters and firewalls as well as anti-spam filters.
  • It is your responsibility to select all the sites that your youngest children will be permitted to use. Spend time online looking for safe, age appropriate and fun sites and get a better understanding of the environment where your children will be playing. Just as you would get to know any location your child wants to play in. Locate safe, age appropriate search engines such as http://www.kidsclick.org/ and http://kids.yahoo.com, so your children can safely search the Internet. Once you have collected a list of safe sites for your children, make sure you bookmark them and even considered placing short cut links on your desk top for them.
  • Just like in the real world, our children enjoy it when we spend time playing with them. This should include time on the Internet. Spend time together looking for new and safe sites. I once joined a club with my kids and we all had a lot of fun. The kids really seemed to enjoy teaching me the ropes. After this experience I was more aware of the environment in which my children were playing. It continues to be a topic that we talk and laugh about.
  • Learn to use or at least understand the software that your children will be using. You wouldn’t give your child a new toy without checking how safe it is. It’s not that hard, software nowadays is designed to be user friendly almost all software comes with a help section and/or a wizard to guide you through the fundamentals. Get experience using your email, go to the chat sites and Internet Clubs that your children will be using and make sure that they are safe. Be aware of common forms of Internet communication, such as Instant Messaging, message boards and blogs. Learn how they work and what level of security they provide to protect your children.
  • Always talk to your children about their experiences online. Make it very clear that you want them to come to you with any concerns they have when using the Internet. Make sure they understand that they will not get in trouble if they should come across any inappropriate content. Teach them how to deal with inappropriate material. Also make sure your children understand that the information they locate on the World Wide Web will not always be accurate or reliable.
  • Limit your child’s email correspondence. Develop together a list of friends and family that they can receive emails and messages from. Make sure your older children understand the problems that can occur when the post information to a website. All the information you post is available to anyone and even if you remove your information you can never be sure that others haven’t already copied it. Make sure they also understand the dangers of posting their email address on the internet. This could result in them being spammed, flamed, stalked, bullied and/or sent inappropriate content or even viruses and spyware. Make sure they are aware of the problems and how to fix them. For example they may need to change their email address.
  • It is most important to monitor your child’ activities, check the history of sites visited, check deleted material and buddy list. Make sure your child is aware that you will be monitoring their activity and understands why.
  • Never use a computer video. It reveals your child’s identity to anyone they chat with. These can be dangerous tools that paedophiles can use to spy on your children. Some will even hack into a system and turn on the video without anyone being aware that they are being watched.

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Safety Activities for Kids and Parents

Below are several links to child safety sites and activities. I will update the list as I find more.

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Educational benefits of the Internet

The Internet is an important learning tool as well as being a great way to keep in contact with friends and family.

We are living in a world where computers and technology are important. Almost every job has some type of computer or technology requirement. So it makes a lot of sense that all kids need to learn how to use a computer and the Internet.

When you use the Internet, you are learning important education skills. You are learning to work well on your own and improving your own research skills. The Internet allows you to access a wider range of information and also helps you to work with others over the Internet.

Everyday use of the internet develops your ability to access information and learning resources as well as learning to make your own information and learning resources. When you send and receive emails you are learning an important communication method as well as learning many others like Instant Messaging and Blogs.

As you use your computer and the Internet you are developing important skills that will be essential in your future study or work.

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Safe Search Engines for KIDS

A Search Engine is a Web site with a program that searches for information on the Internet for you. A safe search engine for kids is designed just for kids and only searches for information on safe websites. The best search engines for kids are simple and easy to understand, they are also designed to stop rude or upsetting information. Below I have listed some Kid Safe Search Engines that my kids and I have investigated and think are pretty cool.

Ask for Kids Logo

http://www.askkids.com/
Ask for Kids is a fun and easy, kid-friendly way to search online.
All you need to do is type a question and press search. Ask for Kids will then provide you with easy to understand answers, designed for all kids.

Awesome Library for kids Logo

http://www.awesomelibrary.org/
Awesome Library for Kids offers you an online library of SCHOOL SUBJECTS such as ENGLISH, MATHS, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, ARTS, TECHNOLOGY, HEALTH and PE, and LANGUAGES.

They also offer other services in their online library just for FUN. GAMES, FRIENDS, FOR FUN, ADVENTURES, ASK A QUESTION, PROJECTS, NEWS, FOR KIDS, TITLES, AUTHORS, HOMEWORK, and on YOUR TOWN.

The Can't Find Search Engine for Kids and Families Logo.

http://www.cantufind.com/Kids-and-Teens/
Cantufind for Kids and Teens
The Cantufind [can’t-you-find] Directory is a large independent ‘Family Safe Search Directory’.
The Kids and Teens section offers a safe environment for you and kids of all ages to search online. They provide links to educational and games sites that are safe for you and your friends.

Dib Dab Doo and Dilly Too Logo

Dib Dab Doo and Dilly Too Logo

http://www.dibdabdoo.com/
Dib Dab Doo and Dilly to…
A Safe Internet guide & directory for kids and family.

Fact Monster Logo

http://www.factmonster.com/
Fact Monster is a free Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Homework reference site just for kids! Find homework facts on many subjects, such as sports, entertainment, geography, history, biography, education and health.

Kids Click search engine Logo

KidsClick! Logo
http://www.kidsclick.org/
KidsClick is a a web search engine for kids made by Librarians

Yahoo Kids Logo

http://kids.yahoo.com/
Yahoo Kids is a Web guide and search engine for kids.
Games, Music, Movies, Ask Earl, Jokes, Sports, E-cards, Horoscopes and Study Zone.

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Play Safe Online………..

A cartoon of a teddy bear holding a sign which says Play Safe Online.It is really important to understand when you go online and play games or talk with your friends, that there are some bad people that spend all their time trying to trick kids into trusting them.

When ever you go on the Internet it is really important that you NEVER tell anyone your full name, address, phone number or any other information about yourself that might help a bad person find you, your family or friends. For example you might be talking to a new friend who tells you about where he goes to school, you might think it would be ok to tell them about your school, but if the person you are talking to is a bad person pretending to be a kid your age, they can then use the location of your school to find you.

The best way to keep those bad people away is to make sure that you only talk and hang out with your mates. Don’t talk to people you don’t know. Talk to your friends at school and find out their online names, so when they ask to join your friend list you will know who they are. If you should find that some how a Jack in the box cartoon with sign telling kids to Watch out for Strangersstranger has found their way into your circle of friends, don’t be afraid to use the block or ignore feature, those people can no longer bother you once they have been blocked.

Never send any personal information or photos over the internet. Bad people have many ways of getting information from the Internet and from other people’s computers using very sneaky software programs that can be hidden onto your computer when you go to a new website or receive an email.

Dolls cartoon with text saying If you are worried Talk to mum or dadTalk to someone if you notice anything unusual happening to your computer, or website and especially if you feel that someone is harassing you or making you feel uncomfortable. Talk to Mum, Dad, Nan, Pop, Uncle or Aunty about anything that you might be worried about. If your family are not very good with computers go to your computer teacher or maybe your Librarian or Principal for some help. There is always someone you can talk to.

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