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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 or device 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 device 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.

 

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
"... provides a vehicle for seamless public-private collaboration with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to the protection of Critical Infrastructure.."

 

LAVASOFT
... provides free Ad-Aware program

 

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

 

NetSmartz Workshop
... an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline.

 

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

 

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.

 

Wired Safety
... "provides one-to-one help, resources and extensive information, and education to cyberspace users of all ages on a myriad of Internet and interactive technology safety, privacy and security issues."

 

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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