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Attorney General Doug Gansler Hosts Community Forum on Internet Privacy with Facebook

Parents, students got a crash course on safely navigating Facebook and how to avoid becoming targets of predators, identity thieves and hackers


Doug Gansler talks internet safety in potomac md

Baltimore, MD (March 20, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler discussed the importance of Internet privacy and how parents and students can be more vigilant when using social networking sites like Facebook at a community forum at Winston Churchill High School Auditorium in Potomac, Md.

Brooke Oberwetter, Associate Manager of Policy Communications at Facebook gave a brief presentation on how users can best utilize its privacy features, followed by a question-and-answer period that included discussion of broader Internet privacy issues. Goug Gansler and Brooke Oberweter

 

Upon becoming president of the National Association of Attorneys General in June, Attorney General Gansler has selected Internet privacy as his presidential initiative that he will focus on.


Brooke Oberwetter's Facebook Presentation from the forum can be viewed here:


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Forum Video Part 1 - Attorney General Doug Gansler

Forum Video Part 2 - Brooke Oberwetter from Facebook

Forum Video Part 3 - Questions and Answers


Resources

The Attorney General's WiseBuys for Teens web pages include basic tips on how teens can stay safe on the Internet. Teens, parents and teachers can also visit www.NetSmartz.org, and its teen pages, www.NetSmartz.org/Teens, for interactive, educational safety resources developed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). NetSmartz computer activities combine the newest technologies and the most current information to create educational activities that are well received by even the most tech-savvy kids. In addition, here are some publications from Netsmartz to help teens and 'tweens stay safer online:

General Tips:

  • Keep your computer in a common area.
  • Set rules about what your children can access and how long they can be online.
  • Check your browser's history and determine if any additional filtering, tracking or blocking software is appropriate.
  • Ask to view your children's online profiles and remove any identifying information, photos or inappropriate comments.
  • Teach them to consider who might be looking at their profiles (e.g., potential employers, college admissions staff)
  • Know your children's passwords and make sure your children never share them with others.
  • Teach your children to tell a trusted adult if they see something inappropriate or harmful online (e.g., cyberbullying).
  • Just because some sites require users to be at least 13 doesn't mean younger kids won't get around it.
  • Review privacy settings with your child so only appropriate information is made public. Default settings tend not to be private.
  • Select your friends/followers/connections carefully. Identity thieves might create fake profiles to get access to your information.
  • Observe the same rules for smartphones as you would for computers.

 

   
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