During the class, we cover several resources that are available to the crime prevention practitioner. This list offers links to the most requested items.
This is the PowerPoint presentation used in the class. You can view it or download it here.
Updated statistics are available from the Internet Crime Complaint Center’s 2015 Annual Report. (The latest year available.) The latest state-specific statistics for Florida are included.
When it comes to Internet hoaxes, Snopes is your friend. When someone sends you an email detailing the latest virus sweeping the net, a quick check on Snopes.com will let you know if it is true or a hoax before you forward it to 600 of your closest friends. Simply copy the subject line of the email and paste into the search box at Snopes and you will get the entire history of the email along with an evaluation of its validity.
Everyone asks where do we get the games we demonstrate during class. The video games come from a company called Kidz Turn Labs. They work best when you have a projector or flat screen high-definition television hooked up to your computer. I use a laptop running Windows with an HDMI connector out and it works great.
I think I paid $20 for the Tic Tac Toe quiz but it lets you load and save your own set of questions so you can have different questions for each type of program you run. The website contains a few free downloads so check those out first to see if those will work for you first.
The other game I use frequently is a variation of the Jeopardy game show called Brain Blox. You can customize it for the number of categories (columns) you want and set the point value for each row.
Don’t want to use on-screen questions? Just use a couple of USB game controllers plugged into your computer running Lock Out and you will be able to see and hear who buzzes in first. It will also display the running score for each side.
Want to countdown how much time left in the break? I use Time Box with multiple clock styles available.
The Federal Trade Commission is a great resource for free handouts about internet safety crime prevention. Just go to FTC.gov/bulkorder to order as many as you need. They will send them to you to you at no cost. Here are some of the offerings that you can order in bulk.
A comprehensive toolkit to help organizations combat identity theft by raising awareness and educating people by hosting a Protect Your Identity Day. Kit includes info and sample materials on a CD and videos on a DVD. 5.125″x11″, 28 pages, color. Note: Although the FTC has recently discontinued the publication and distribution of this item, you can still access all of the resources (checklists, Power Point presentations, etc.) by following the links here.
The FTC’s updated and comprehensive guide for victims of identity theft, including to-do lists, contact information, blank forms and sample letters. 8.5″x11″, 68 pages, color.
With the rapid increase in the number of GPS-enable cellphones that are equipped with cameras, Geotagging has become a hot topic over the last few years. Here is a good overview video featuring a famous Mythbusters TV star.
The link to the original ABC News video is here but may not play in all web browsers.
The U.S. Army Safety briefing on the dangers of geo-tagging for the military is especially eye-opening.
OnGuard Online from the Federal Trade Commission has a ton of free media resources including videos and interactive games.
A funny look at a serious subject. The dangers of social network sites such as MySpace and Facebook are highlighted in this skit.
Facebook Identity Theft:
Office Romance Goes Wrong When Facebook Profile is Hacked. A video from Hulu.
Cyberbullying Prevention Commercial
Fox News: Florida Teen charged with “Sexting.”
Your Cell Phone is Not Safe
News video that shows how spyware software can be used for stalking.
Beware of Craigslist Scams
Man Avoids Craigslist Scam
Disclaimer: Although I am an instructor for the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute, I am not an employee. The views expressed here are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Florida Office of the Attorney General.