Cord’s Internet Class

 

Cord’s Internet Class isn’t like school. It isn’t like anything you’ve probably seen on anybody else’s Club Penguin Blog. But, that shouldn’t come as a surprise since I’m Cordially. LOL! Actually it’s probably not going to be a funny page at all. Cord’s Internet Class is going to be a place to come to learn more about Internet safety, maybe some Internet facts, and I want to tell you more about horrible things like CyberBullying and what other bad things that can happen to you on the Internet.

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Facebook Friend Turns to Enemy

Who is your friend? Do you think that you really know them? Are they a friend, or really just a stranger? This poor girl thought that the 17 year old guy she had met online was her friend. But, he turned out to be a killer…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/35795129#35795129

PS…Thanks Fly.

Who can you trust online? A stranger? A best friend? This is a series of true stories about kids who trusted too much.

7-10-09 This isn’t a true story, but it’s a warning of what can happen. Some tips to protect yourself online are given at the end. Is anybody smart enough to keep predators out of their lives?

6-19-09 Here’s another video that has a powerful message. Be careful about who you trust. The end of the video has some statistics about profiles and youth online.

Advice From a Hacker ~ Part 3

How can we protect ourselves against hacking?

1. Keep your system up-to-date. Run updates to all applications on your pc. Keep windows and your software current.

2. Eliminate programs you don’t use. Keep it as clean as possible.

3. Install a firewall. Firewalls can prevent valuable information from leaving  your computer. It can also prevent network traffic from coming in.

4. Routers can also help prevent hacking.

5. Password protect everything, including the router, with good passwords. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Mix some caps in there too. Don’t use obvious things like birthdays, your name, etc.

6. Don’t download anything from sites you don’t trust. Always be careful what you download and from where. Check out the credibility of sites before you access links.

7. Use anti-virus software to protect your pc. There are free ones available, but, I think that Norton is one of the better ones, and it cost a lot. Don’t forget to scan often and keep the anti-virus software current too.

8. Use good judgement. Use the knowledge of what a hacker is and try to keep yourself safe from them.

9. Remember that hacking is a crime. I’ve read articles where hackers have gone to prison for up to 30 years for hacking. If you have been hacked report it to authorities and help put a stop to it.

10. I have been advised to not talk to hackers. If you think someone is trying to hack you. Leave. They can attach key stroke loggers to you and watch your every move. So, put these safety measures in place and let’s keep ourselves hacked-free!

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Advice From a Hacker ~ Part 2

Do you know how to recognize a Hacker?

Before a hacker launches an attack against you he is likely to spend a great deal of time preparing for the event. He will want to find your exploitable weakness. According to my interview with a hacker *name withheld*, Hackers will  use proper grammer to it’s fullest extent. They don’t usually lower themselves to speaking with you in criptic computer abbreviations and lingo. They will spell and speak correctly. Which, I think makes sense. The hacking programs are written in a precise computer code that requires a precise execution of the code. Therefore, they are used to being proper with the way things are written. Just like proper english they want the best available computer equipment. They may brag about their newest and hotest pc or software. From my experience with one hacker in particular he seems to know something about everything. There is hardly a subject that he doesn’t know a lot about. I don’t know for sure that this could alert you to a hacker being in your presence, but, I think that they are highly intelligent idividuals, that are very proud of their accomplishments. Hackers also want control. They insist on it. They may pressure you for passwords. Duh, an obvious way to take control. They may just stick around to try to manipulate you any way that they can. They may take extra time to gather facts about you a little at a time. Your email might contain your first and last name. You may give out your phone number so that you can text each other. You might mention something going on in the City you live in during a conversation. Before you know it they could have quite a collection of interesting and useful facts about you that they can use the threaten you.  They want interesting projects. If their goal is to raid a chat and take it over, they want it to be interesting. An observation that I’ve also had is that hackers are sweet as pie one minute, and the next they are sour as lemons. Beware of your closest friend becoming a hateful enemy. Perhaps they were never really interested in your friendship.

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Advice From a Hacker ~ Part 1

Hacking is a huge problem, a scary problem, and one that is going to take several posts to address.

So how can we tell if we have been hacked?

According to Hacker X, a professional hacker, you can tell if you’ve been hacked: if you see irregular activity on your computer, multiple crashes, applications not behaving how they should, information being moved, things out of place, documents not where you put them, and things not functioning how they should. Be aware if you see a new tool bar pop up. This could be a sign of hacking. If your computer suddenly gets slow, especially on start up this might signal someone is hacking your computer.

If you think you have been hacked: Immediatly disconnect your computer from the network. Access what data is on your computer. Backup your data. Do a clean installation of your software, and reinstall your software. Contact a professional to check your computer with diagnosis software.
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“Sexting” is a fad where sexually explicit pictures are sent (usually by a cell phone) to another person. Teens often take these pictures of themselves and send them to other people that they consider their friends. Unfortunatly, even though you might trust the person you sent the pictures to, you can never be certain whos hands they will end up in. It is not uncommon for these images to end up on other peoples cell phones, web pages, and social networking sites. From there they can be copied by others and sent over and over, possibly forever. If you are a minor or sending these pictures to a minor, or and adult, you could get yourself into serious legal troubles because now you have just contributed to child pornography which is a felony.

Pocessing child pornography, distributing it, and producing it are all serious crimes. Granted, the child pornography laws were made to protect innocent children from being exploited by adults, without considering what happens when a adolescent produces these images just because they think it’s fun. Don’t do it. As I said before these images might end up anywhere! Almost 1/3 of teens have sent these nude or semi-nude pictures via cell phones and websites!

Use common sense when using cell phones at all times. Remember that images you take and send may not be seen only by those recipients you intended. Never send sexually explicit photos. Beware that any photo you send might include details like road signs, building names, or other details that might alert someone exactly where you are. You never know who is standing over someones shoulder viewing the pictures you have sent to someone you trust. Just like posting personal information on the internet you need to use good judgement in what you send via your cell phone. Don’t forget that cell phone activity can be searched through GPS technology. Your cell phone sends signals that can pin point exactly where you are. These signals can save your life or put it in jeopardy.

The bottom line is don’t be stupid. Use good judgement. Consider if what you are sending is appropiate. Do you want the whole world to see you naked or semi-nude? Do you want to put your life at risk? Think about all the ways that your treasured cell phone can become your worst nightmare.

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So, Mary Kay Hoal of Yourshpere says that it’s up to everybody to make the internet a safer place. Even kids. So how as children are we supposed to do that? First off I think that we need to educate ourselves. Type internet safety into the Google Search Bar. There’s like a billion sites out there to help you find out more about safety. One thing that Mrs. Hoal said is that youth need to learn that what is not appropiate offline is not appropiate online. She said that if you stepped into a group of teens offline and listened to their conversations they would be talking about school, activities, music, friends, shopping, and other common interests. But, when you step into a group of teens chatting online they are often talking about sex, showing unsuitable pictures, bullying, and harassing others, and making themselves more vulnerable to unwanted contact by doing this. She stresses that we need to learn that what is not acceptable offline is not acceptible online. Tell your friends when they are putting themselves in harms way. Try to stay away from chats that focus on sex, violence, and harassment. Cussing isn’t exceptable in public and shouldn’t be exceptable in public chat rooms. Read and understand the terms of service of the providers, pages, and sites you attend. When you violate the terms of service you could be reported to the ISP and be removed. Think about it. Rules are rules, they exist for safety and the enjoyment of the service for EVERYBODY.

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http://yoursphere.com/  This is a cool site that I found that teens can go. It’s a social networking site similiar to MySpace, except there are no adults there! The founder of the site is Mary Kay Hoal and she was kind enough to talk to me over the telephone. I’m going to be posting some of our conversation over the next few days:

She made her site YourSphere to try to raise the bar on preventing children from unsuitable content while they are socializing with other kids with similiar interests. Mrs. Hoal said that her site has taken unparalled safety measures. However, at the end of the day nothing can garantee safety on the internet. So, it’s still important that parents “educate, inform, and remind” their children about safety and appropriate behavoirs on the Internet. She also said that it’s up to everyone in the community to advocate internet safety. That means even the child. We all need to educate ourselves!

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Alot of things we say on the Internet put us in danger. Sometimes, we don’t realize how small facts put us in danger. This is a story that Flippy sent me. We think it’s based on a true story. Warning: this may frighten you when you remember things that you’ve told strangers that you thought could not cause you harm.

THE SKILLS OF A PREDATOR

After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get online. She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her buddy list and saw Go To123 was on. She sent him an instant message.

ByAngel213: Hi, I’m glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It was really weird!

GoTo123: LOL. You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you? Don’t you live in a safe neighborhood?

ByAngel213: Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz I didn’t see anybody when I looked out.

GoTo123: Unless you gave your name out online. You haven’t done that have you?

ByAngel213: Of course not. I’m not stupid you know.

GoTo123: Did you have a softball game after school today?

ByAngel213: Yes and we won!!

GoTo123: That’s great! Who did you play?

ByAngel213: We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like bees! LOL.

GoTo123: What is your team called?

ByAngel213: We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really cool.

GoTo123: Did you pitch?

ByAngel213: No, I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don’t want them mad at me. Bye!

GoTo123: Catch you later. Bye

Meanwhile…GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came up he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.

Her name: Shannon

Birthday: January 3, 1985

Age: 13

State where she lived: North Carolina

Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall.

Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had just told him. He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 pm every afternoon until her parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats. Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the eigth grade at the Canton Junior High School. She had told him all this in the conversations they had online. He had enough information to find her now.

Shannon didn’t tell her parents about the incident on the way home from the ball park that day. She didn’t want them to make a scene and stop her from walking home from the softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an only child. Maybe if she had brothers and sisters her parents wouldn’t be so overprotective.

By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the incident the week before.

Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory came back. She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her closely.

He was leaning against the fence behind first base and he smiled when she looked at him. He didn’t look scary and she quickly dismissed the sudden fear she had felt.

After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled back. He noticed her name on the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her…

Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to Shannon’s home and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park to get his car.

Now, he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to go to Shannon’s house. He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move.

Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the living room.

“Shannon, come here,” her father called. He sounded upset and she couldn’t imagine why. She wnet into the room to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa.

“Sit down,” her father began, “this man has just told us a most intersting story about you.”

Shannon sat back. How could he tell her parents anything? She had never seen him before today!

“Do you know who I am Shannon?” the man asked.

“No,” Shannon answered.

“I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123.”

Shannon was stunned. “That’s impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He’s 14 and he lives in Michigan!”

The man smiled, “Iknow I told you all that, but it wasn’t true. You see Shannon there are people online who pretend to be kids. I was one of them. But while others do it to injure kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to find you to teach you how dangerous it is to talk to people online. You told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You named the school you went to, the name of your ball team, and the position you played. The number and name on your jersey just made finding you a breeze.”

Shannon was stunned, “You mean you don’t live in Michigan?”

He laughed, “No, I live in Raleigh. It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn’t it?”

She nodded.

“I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn’t as lucky. The guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are alone, yet, they do it all the time online. The wrong people trick you into giving out information a little here and there online. Before you know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you’ve learned a lesson from this and won’t do it again. Tell others about this so they will be safe too.”

“It’s a promise!”

That night Shannon, her Dad, and her Mom all knelt down together and thanked God for protecting Shannon from what could have been a tragic situation.

Please be careful what information you give to strangers online. They could be someone that is there to try to find someone to hurt.

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A lot of times kids and teens need somewhere to turn. There are a lot of places for them to turn and they just don’t know about them or how to get to them. I found this list of hotlines that are there to help kids with different problems. Of course there is always Ask Cord but I’m no expert. So if I can’t help you with serious problems or you need help right away here’s a list of hotlines to help keep you safe.

Here are some places to contact:

Mental Health Info Source 1-800-447-4474

National Crisis Line 1-866-334-4357

National Institute of Mental Health 1-888-ANXIETY Mental Health Resources and Information

Nationwide Referral Network for Kids in Crisis 1-800-KID-SAVE (542-7283) Nationwide Referral Line

National Victim Center 1-800-FYI-CALL (2255) Violent Crime Victims

National Youth Crisis Hotline 1-800-448-4663 Youth Crisis Hotline

Teen Help Line 1-800-400-0900 Help Line For Troubled Teens

Teen Hot Line 1-800-747-8336 Hot Line For Troubled Teens

Youth Development International 1-800-HIT-HOME (448-4663) Youth Crisis Hotline

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Club Penguin has some guidlines for personal safety online. Maybe some of you have never read them. This is what they say:

We encourage parents to review the following safety precautions with their children:

  1. Never give out personal information, such as your real name, age, location, phone number or school.
  2. Never share your password with anyone except your parents. Someone else might use your password and pretend to be you, give out your personal information or do something that may get you into trouble.
  3. Tell your parents if someone says or does something on the Internet that makes you uncomfortable, or if someone asks you for personal information.
  4. Choose a username that does not reflect your real identity. Avoid names that are in any way suggestive, even if they seem innocent to you.
  5. Avoid chat rooms that are not monitored by moderators

This is good basic information. But, online safety really involves so much more. For instance how do you deal with a bully? Club Penguin gives you a chance to report bullies on Club Penguin to a Moderator. Never hesitate to do that if you’re being bullied. Those Moderators do help protect Club Penguin from lots of improper situations. Is there anybody that doesn’t really feel safe on Club Penguin?

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ryanhalliganThis is Ryan Patrick Halligan. He looks like he was a normal kid. Until October 7, 2003, when he took his life, he probably was a lot like you and me. Ryan was 13 and a middle school student. Unfortunately, he was the target of cyber bullying and also bullying at school. His birthday was a week before Christmas and his parents thought that he was the best Christmas present they had ever had. They couldn’t resist hugging him, and he always gave the best hugs in return. He loved hanging out with friends on a chat group and spent a lot of time on the computer doing that. He had some learning problems and wasn’t very strong physically. Some kids picked up on his weaknesses and started to bully him. His parents knew that Ryan was experiencing some problems so they got him some sessions with a therapist and some taebo lessons to help protect him. Ryan got in a fight with someone at school and his taebo lessons came in handy. Some more time passed and his parents thought that everything was going great. Then they noticed that he was spending a lot of time on-line so they reminded him of some of the rules he had while on-line:

  • No IMing/chatting with strangers
  • No giving any personal information (name/address/phone) to strangers
  • No sending pictures to strangers
  • No secret passwords
  • They really thought that that was all he needed to stay safe. What they didn’t know was that he was being bullied on-line and was also the center of a plot to degrade him. During the summer before 8th grade Ryan started talking to a girl on-line that he knew in school. They started to develop what Ryan thought of as a good relationship. He couldn’t wait to return to school to get to see her in person and become her boyfriend in real life. When school started and he approached her he really wasn’t prepared for what happened. She totally rejected him. She called him a loser and didn’t want anything to do with him. She told him that she had only been joking on-line. She had only told him that she liked him on-line to get him to say personal stuff which she copied and showed to her friends. They all got a good laugh at Ryan’s expense. Of course the bullying online and at school only got worse after this. Finally Ryan couldn’t take anymore. On October 7, 2003 his sister found him hanging from the curtain rod in the family bathroom. He had committed suicide. You see the thing about cyber bullying is that the people doing the bullying never really see what it does to a person inside. If you are one of those people that think that harassing someone is a fun way to spend your time maybe you should think again. Do you really want to be responsible for pushing someone over the edge?

    I’ve been the center of a cyber bullying plot on my chat. I walked around for weeks feeling so hurt that my “friends” could do this to me. I kind of know how Ryan must have felt. I didn’t think of committing suicide over it, but, my “friends” had even expressed to me that they “wished Cord was dead”. So, who’s to say I couldn’t have ended up a statistic just like Ryan?

    If you would like to learn more about Ryan visit this site that his parents wrote: http://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/index.htm. Be sure to listen to the songs and watch the video.

    Responses

    1. thats soooo sad =( …. and cord dont u DARE say that!!!! dont ever let anyone get to you that badly! if you were to do something like that … ugh!!! just dont even think about it!!!! cries!

    2. i so wouldn’t do that. its really sad to think of the kids that have. i just wanna b a mudraker and expose it. try to help somebody who might b thinkin of somethin like this. its so sad.
      hugs,
      cord

    3. he looks soo familiar… hmm…

    4. thast really sad. cyber bullying is bad. down with it. down i said! *stomps the words bullyinguntil they flat*

    5. IVE HEARD ABOUT HIM BEFORE!!!! we had to watch this vid thing about him in school and it was soo sad! and the girl felt so bad about what happened. i just dont understand why some pplz have to be so mean and why kids think of themselves so badly. i mean i have really really high self esteem as u can probably tell and i would never think of doing anything like that, i just dont get why some kids do. and i really just wish everyone could be nice. people r crazy

    6. I feel sp bad for him. I never cyber bully in my life and Cord don’t let anyone get to u because ur great fun funny fun to talk to and be around and most impotantly ur a good friend. 😦 Poor Ryan!

    7. I feel so bad for him. I never cyber bully in my life and Cord don’t let anyone get to u because ur great fun funny fun to talk to and be around and most impotantly ur a good friend. 😦 Poor Ryan!

    8. Is abuse and bullying the same?

    9. Is bullying and abuse the same? Like people can get verbally and physically abused

    10. dear my name,
      bullying and abuse arent the same. although bullying is a form of abuse. abuse can b verbal. abuse can hurt. abuse can kill u too. never let someone abuse u physically and if someone does or is u should tell someone. a teacher or friend, or call 911. as a matter of fact i guess that would go for if u eva get in a situation that doesnt feel comfortable or right.
      hugs,
      a heartbeat away,
      cord

    11. So if i was getting verbally abused it wouldnt be the same as being bullied because its not physical?

    12. its not like cp would give us the ability to say any of that stuff anyway… well u never know i guess…

    13. I heared about a story exactly like that. Ok so there was this girl who was getting cyber bullied, and this is a true story, and she was cyber bullied all day when she was on her PC, and in school! So the girl started to cyber bully her sooooo much, that she couldn’t take it any more! So, the girl’s mom told her to come down to help her mom with chores or somehting, but she didn’t answer. So the mom told the girl’s sister to go see if she was in her room, and she was, but, she was dead. She hung herself from one of those coat racks. I not trying to be violent but craz apples I was scared when I heared that!

    14. Are we just talking about cyber bullying? What about Megan Mier she died in 2006 because of cyber bullying. 1 in every 3 teens are victims of cyber bullying. not trying to teach your class or anything

    15. are we just talking about cyber bullying? What about Megan Mier? She died in 2006 because of cyber bullying. 1 in every 3 teens are victims of cyber bullying. Not trying to teach your class or nothing

    16. 1 in 3 teens are victims of cyber bullying. What about Megan Mier? The positive story about Julianne Flory who stood up for herself.

    17. Are we just talking about cyber-bullying and not bullying? 1 in 3 teens are victims of cyberbullying. What about Megan Mier? She died 2006 because of a cyberbully on myspace. Julianne Flory told an adult that she was being cyberbullied. Cyber bullying doesnt affect or isnt targeted on just kids or teens but adults too. Not trying to teach or anything

    18. Unfortunatly sometimes the cyber-bullying is 2-fold. These incidents often seem to happen between kids the victims already know in real life and on the internet. So, they get bullied in real life and in cyber life. Julianne Flory did the right thing and showed her father what was happening to her. That’s what we all should do if something as horrible as cyber bullying happens to us. Telling a responsible adult at home or at school can help to put an end to it. The problem exists though of where does a person report these incidents. If you are unsure where to go there is a cyber tip line and your local law enforcements have a cyber division. Tell someone! Don’t let it continue to hurt until you feel like you have no where to turn and you let it destroy your life.
      hugs,
      cord

    19. omg. i promise with her too! i shall be more careful! not thta i wasnt careful at all before. i was. but now.. i see everything!

    20. hey cord i have a question ok so does yoursphere charge fees cause i looked it up and this one website says it costs money

    21. yourshpere charges about $4.oo a month. But, that’s so they can do the bg checks and stuff. plus, then you have the chance to win cool free stuff. REAL stuff like mp3 players.
      stay safe

    22. ew who would wanna do that?? thats so stupid … attention seekers

    23. thats… DISGUSTING. who even has the brain to do thAT! I COULD GO ON AND ON WITH THIS COMMENT AND— oops caps..– say how stupid that is.. but i thinkk ill pass this time X)

      ~Princess Dawn of… stuff. STOP RUSHING ME ALREADY U STUPID IMAGINARY VOICE!

    24. lol hacker X

    25. o.O creeeeeepy. idk y but.. creeeeepy.

      Princess Dawn ❤

    26. How sad.I feel bad for him!I hate cyber bully’s and myspace but i must love them to cause in the bible it says love your enemy.My brothers have a myspace account and it’s terrible.I am always freaked out when i go to my grandma house cause my brother gives real directions to his house then they come.One day a group of people came and started shoting bullets and my older brother got shot in the leg he is lucky he suvided!God saved him.But it was also a lesson but he keeps doing the same thing!Club penguin is not always safe

    27. That is sad.

    28. scary.. but why would she run away with him if she knew when she saw him that he was 53 years old?!

    29. :O he loves wrking on his honda?? more like he loves driving his honda around the streets to find girls to rape… wow scaryyyy

    30. This is very useful information. Thank you. Currently on ClubPenguin a group of hackers called walruses are doxing (Getting information) people, and they invade ClubPenguin with bots. They also send inappropriate postcards, and if you delete it you get banned. Please be careful.

    31. Hi,
      I was just searching around for Club Penguin Blogs and I came across yours! Might I safe, best one I’ve see in a long time, it’s well written, it’s got good, believable evidence supporting it and pictures! I really really do enjoy you blog and I’m going to bookmark it! This isn’t spam, just a comment. So Keep up the AMAZING work!
      This page was very interesting by the way ^^.

    32. Thanks! I’m glad you found my blog. I hope you enjoy bout my vacation! Last year I had a broken toe, so I didn’t have nearly as much fun as I’m having this year! Hugs!

    33. when shall we learn again? its been awhile. hows yoursphere going?

    34. hahaha dumb kids giving info online 1 could have been murderd the other kille hi self hahahaim sory but im just one of those people who laugh at others pain and sadness


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