Staying Safe Online

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By: Arjan Warya (Junior)

It’s no surprise that our top focus is Human Trafficking this year with Santa Clara and the greater Bay Area hosting Super Bowl 50. Yet, as teenagers, one may ask how WE are affected. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life as teenagers, we really do not take in account how human trafficking could very easily engulf our life. Personally, as bad as it may sound, social media revolves around my entire life, whether it is Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook. Now, you may be asking how you can ever fall in the trap of human trafficking through social media. Well, in reality, the possibilities are endless. Online safety is a major key in staying safe from potential traffickers.  By using these simple five steps listed below, you can ensure yourself to be safe from the malicious predators online.  [Source: Polaris Project’s Staying Safe Online]

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1) Privacy Settings

When posting on social networking sites, double check privacy settings and remove any geographical information, such as school name or city, or automatic GPS tags on photographs or photograph-based websites.

2) Discretion

When posting on social networking sites, be cautious not to provide unnecessary information regarding your daily activities or close friends and family.

3) Block Unknown People

Consider blocking suspicious followers, and ”Unfriending”/”Unfollowing” all of your people you don’t know.  Blocking a user from a social network site provides extra levels of privacy and security. Always consider that anything shared on a social networking site can eventually find its way to a suspicious follower and/or someone that might pass on this information, even innocently.

4) New Email/Usernames

Choose a gender neutral, non-specific username that is not similar to one you have used before. Don’t reference favorite hobbies or birthdates in your username, or anything that might alert a trafficker to your identity.  [i.e.  soccergirl13]

5) Delete Search/Browser History

Search engines track your online searches and this information can be accessed by others using the same computer. If you are concerned that your trafficker will see what you have been searching for online, is important to clear your search history after each session. Search engines track your online searches and this information can be accessed by others using the same computer. If you are concerned that a suspicious follower will see what you have been searching for online, is important to clear your search history after each session.

Essentially, human traffickers and predators online are looking for one main thing: information or something to hold against you. Traffickers use tactics of blackmail to harass and coerce their victims into doing whatever they please. It is very important to understand that we must take precautions online, before it is inevitably too late.

Make the smart choice to stay safe online to remain safe.  Stay tuned as we have more information coming out soon.  Please visit the Polaris Project and FBI’s website for more tips on tightening up your online identity.

 

Help Fight Human Trafficking

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As the Super Bowl nears, more than one million people are expected to come to the Bay Area for the festivities. Believe it or not, though, many of those people are brought here against their will. Whenever a major event comes to a metropolitan area, human trafficking in that area spikes.

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MAP President, Jacob Isaacs Speaking to student body

Over the past eight years students at Archbishop Mitty High School have taken on combatting Human Trafficking as part of their Mitty Advocacy Project. Over six bills have been signed into law to protect victims of trafficking and intensify laws against traffickers.

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Aditi Chatradi explaining to stay safe on line

Perhaps the most significant measure is through developing public awareness. It’s unfortunate, but traffickers are present an active in San Jose. By informing and discussing the issue, we can make Human Trafficking a thing of the past.

What can you do?

  • Visit www.slaverymap.org
  • Pick up Human Trafficking posters and signs from San Jose Police department
  • Start talking about it with your community, especially youth
  • Encourage and educate young people to be secure and proactive online
  • Write and visit your legislators to foster support for legislation against Human Trafficking.
  • Recognize the signs someone is being trafficked

Mitty Advocacy students  designed and filmed this investigative piece on Human Trafficking in San Jose. With the help of Human Trafficking Division San Jose Police Department we went out into the streets to see where Human Trafficking is happening in our city.

Article Edited by MAP Junior Sophie Sharma

Social Media Campaign 2016

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Archbishop Mitty and Notre Dame High School students gathered for a social media campaign to spread awareness this week.

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It is a good chance to get information out to people prior to the Super Bowl to hopefully drive this crime from our community.

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Students in MAP and other advocacy programs in the Bay Area are unifying and working on this issue.  Join the discussion on Twitter #stoptrafficking.

Check out our photo gallery of the evening  GALLERY

Join the fight against Human Trafficking tonight!

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From 6-8 pst tonight January 13th students at Archbishop Mitty are using their phones, iPads, and laptops to combat a social ill that is affecting the Bay Area.  Although Human Trafficking is a perennial problem – evident spikes are seen around large events such as the Super Bowl.  

Our Plan

1.  We will release one major Human Trafficking fact every few minutes to spread on social media

2.  Join Twitter Feed #stoptrafficking to receive updates

3.  Help spread awareness tonight from 6-8 p.m. on your favorite social media outlets

At 6:30 we will play the gripping film Hark by Professor Jonathan Fung at Santa Clara University.

Goal

To help get the National Human Trafficking hotline # 1.888.3737.888 in the hands of one person to protect them from Traffickers.

Human Trafficking Social Media Campaign

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Who:               Archbishop Mitty’s Advocacy Program
What:                  Social Media Campaign to combat Human Trafficking
Where:                Aymar Event Center
When:                 Wednesday, January, 13th    6-8 p.m.
How:                    Twitter   #stoptrafficking

 

Students at Archbishop Mitty have been working on Human Trafficking for many years.  For the past two years we have been preparing for Super Bowl 50 to combat the trafficking that surrounds this event.  It is a problem everyday, but criminal activity skyrockets prior to this event.

 

Bay Area Catholic Youth students are welcome to attend.  They can bring laptops, devices to Mitty to help spread online awareness prior to the Super Bowl.

 

Spread the word – friends and classmates can join discussions

Follow on Twitter via #mittyadvocacy and #stoptrafficking.

Follow MAP: @mittyadvocacy

A Catholic Community Responds to Human Trafficking

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Welcome to our presentation on developing a Catholic community response to the issue of Human Trafficking.

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Our workshop today is designed to help you create a template for action for your Catholic communities to prepare not only for large events which exploit thousands of captive people, but to create a foundation of action everyday to drive this “plague” from our cities.

The take away from our workshop is to create a template for you and your communities.  We will be outlining the solutions presented in our workshop on this Google Doc.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING SOLUTION TEMPLATE

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Staying Safe Online

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Practical and helpful tips from the Polaris Project on to prevent Human Trafficking.

Safe Internet Searching

  • Use Public Computers
  • Delete Search History
  • Delete Browser History
  • Disable Chat Logs

Social Media

  • Privacy Settings
  • Discretion
  • Block Trafficker/Trafficker’s Acquaintances
  • New Email Account
  • New Username
  • Online Address Book
  • Sent/Deleted Emails

Additional Security Measures

  • Search Yourself
  • Avoid online harassment/arguments