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'Know More' About Internet Safety

Know MoreThe City of St. Peters' "Know More" education program focuses on Internet safety issues for adults and children. St. Peters is using its resources including publications, St. Peters TeleVision, and website to provide this information to residents and others interested in learning more. The program, introduced during a St. Peters Board of Aldermen meeting on Dec. 13, 2007, features information from local experts and provides other information resources available from across the country.

 



Why Do We Need to Know More?

 

Mom Girl LaptopThe Internet has opened up a world of information, easily accessible from your home and anyplace else with a connection to the World Wide Web. It's a wonderful tool when safely and securely navigated. Information is shared back and forth, and so you send and receive data in order to use the Internet. You're online right now, reading a page sent via the City of St. Peters' website to your computer. You received this page on your computer screen because you clicked a link to the page or entered this page's address in the address box in your Web browser. You sent out a signal requesting this page because you're interested in this information.

 

Unfortunately, the information that reaches your computer from the Internet is not always something you sought or welcomed. This can include malicious software that can harm your computer or steal your personal information. Would-be predators could send messages seeking the trust of your child. Scam artists may send an email with the hopes of  taking your money. Your children, or anyone for that matter, could encounter harassing messages written online by bullies.

 

The good news is that we can control the information we send and the types of files we download. We can protect our computer and family with software aimed to block out malicious files and filter content. We can monitor our childrens' online use, and watch for signs of harassment. We may just need to Know More about these subjects to increase our chances of safely navigating the Internet.

 

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Know More Programs

 

Check here for information about educational forums, events or other programs as part of the Know More Internet safety educational campaign.

 

Know More ForumPHOTO AT RIGHT, from a public form, taped Jan. 30, 2008, at St. Peters City Hall: Left to right, Kim Carter, Lt. Chris Mateja, Lynne Lang and Frank Noto discuss various Internet safety topics during the Know More forum at St. Peters City Hall. Topics ranged from cyber-bullying to online child predators to computer security and identity theft. Carter is Assistant Superintendent of Student Personal Services with the Fort Zumwalt School District. Lang is a Curriculum Specialist for BJC HealthCare School Outreach and Youth Development. Lt. Mateja, of the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department, is the Deputy Director of the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Noto has 21 years of experience in Information Technology, including 13 years working with the Internet.

 

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LINKS

 

The links below will lead you to free online resources that can help you Know More about Internet safety, computer security and related issues.

 

CyberAngels
... launched by the Guardian Angels, this organization provides online safety education.

 

CyberTipLine
... report cases of child sexual exploitation.

 

FBI Publications - A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
... includes signs that your child might be at risk online.

 

Federal Trade Commission
... "a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft."

 

GetNetWise
"... a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences."

 

InfraGard
"... the nation's largest volunteer organization dedicated to critical infrastructure protection."

 

i-SAFE
"... dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth everywhere."

 

LAVASOFT
... provides free Ad-Aware program

 

Missouri Attorney General's Office
... provides online access to the Attorney General's publication about identity theft.

 

NetLingo
... a glossary of online business, technology and text lingo.

 

NetSmartz Workshop
... Internet safety tips for parents/guardians, educators, law enforcement, teens and younger kids.

 

Spybot
... protects against spyware in return for a donation.

 

The St. Charles County Cyber Crime Unit
...conducts proactive online investigations aimed at identifying and making viable criminal cases against individuals who prey on children via the Internet.

 

Trend Micro
... provides free computer virus scan with its HouseCall program.

 

U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Forces
... for the "prevention, detection, mitigation and aggressive investigation of attacks on the nation's financial and critical infrastructures."

 

Wired Safety
... "provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. We help victims of cyberabuse ranging from online fraud, cyberstalking and child safety, to hacking and malicious code attacks. We also help parents with issues, such as MySpace and cyberbullying."

 

Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA)
... a volunteer organization fighting online harassment through education of the general public and law enforcement as well as empowerment of victims.

 

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 February 2008 UpFront newsletter

 

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Chat Acronyms

 

"OMG, XLNT 411 4U, KWIM?"

 

Parents, are you confused at the shorthand slang your child is using online? Below is a list of common acronyms often found on forums, message boards, chat boards, and instant messages. Enter "chat acronyms" in a search engine (Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask.com, etc.) to find more acronyms if you don't see it here. K?

 

411 - Information or gossip
? - Huh?
ASL - Age, Sex, Location
BF - Boyfriend
BFF - Best Friends Forever
BRB - Be Right Back
BTW - By the way ...
CYA - See Ya
DOM - Dirty old man
F - Female
HRU - How Are You?
IC - I see
IDK - I don't know
IM - Instant Message
JC - Just curious
JK or J/K - Just Kidding
K - OK
KIT - Keep in touch
L8 - Late
L8R - Later
LOL - Laughing out loud
LMAO - Laughing my a** off
M - Male
MSG - Message
MYOB - Mind your own business
N/A - Not available
NE1 - Anyone
NP - No Problem
OIC - Oh, I See!
OMG - Oh, my gosh
PDA - Public display of affection
PHAT - Pretty hot and tempting
PLS or PLZ - Please
PPL - People
QT - Cutie
ROFL or ROTFL - Rolling on the floor laughing
RUOK - Are You OK?
STR8 - Straight
SUP - What's up?
THX - Thanks
TLC - Tender love and care
TMI - Too much information
TTFN - Ta-Ta for Now
TTYL - Talk To You Later
TTYS - Talk To You Soon
TY - Thank You
U2 - You too
UR - You are
UROK - You Are OK
XO - Hugs and Kisses

 

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