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CyberSafety-Anonymous, Dating and Chatroom Apps Should Raise a Red Flag

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Blog

CyberSafety – Anonymous, Dating and Chatroom Apps Should Raise a Red Flag   When kids go online they often engage with other people.  That’s after all the point of social networking, isn’t it? Unfortunately, kids often go outside of their “known in the flesh” social circle and engage with strangers online.  This can put them in potentially dangerous situations that sometimes they find out about the hard way. Four men in Bloomington Indiana were arrested with having sex with a 13 year old teen. She met these men on Whisper, an anonymous social networking app.   There are many other...

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Don’t Fall for Phishing Scams or get Hacked

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Blog

Don’t Fall for Phishing Scams or Get Hacked: Hacking and phishing scams are in the news daily.  One way to prevent email hacking is to use 2-step verification.  Here is how to set up 2-step verification for 3 of the most popular email systems: Google, Microsoft and Apple. Scroll down to learn more about strong  passwords too. Google 2-Step Verification Support Page: Go to the 2-Step Verification page. You might have to sign in to your Google Account. Select Get started. Follow the step-by-step setup process. Once you’re finished, you’ll be taken to the 2-Step Verification settings page....

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Could your tween or teen be the victim of an online scam?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Blog

Could your tween or teen be the victim of an online scam?   Could your tween or teen be the victim of an online scam?  More and more criminals are targeting kids.  They prey on kids using really sad stories, offering free stuff, that proverbial  pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  Many kids especially girls love the latest trendy fashion and may be fooled into purchasing knockoff goods like a Gucci or Chanel bag online but are actually being scammed.  Or maybe they’re thinking about a scholarship for college. Unfortunately, there are fake scholarship websites targeting kids to scam them. Free...

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Cyber-Reputation: What Does it Mean For Your Child?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in Blog

Cyber-Reputation: What Does it Mean For Your Child?   It’s really important to talk to your child, tween or teen so they fully understand what their cyber-reputation is and what they can do to keep it positive so that it doesn’t come back to haunt them later.  And because it’s simply the right way to behave online and offline.   The Cyberworld is Not Private  Explain to your child how easy and quickly things can spread and go viral online, from person to person and beyond.  Even if a message or image  sent confidentially can be shared or a screen shot can easily be taken of it....

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I wish I had more friends … online

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Blog

I wish I had more friends … online   Does your child, tween or teen say this? “I wish I had more friends?” Self esteem and self worth for kids today living the social media life take this question very seriously. There is so much focus on their social media lives via Facebook, Instagram and many more social networking sites that focus on selfies, the thrill of getting likes, the disappointment when they don’t get them can lead  to a downward spiral to anxiety and perhaps depression. They may feel, “OMG, I’ve lost it! Or over analyze and notice that one friend said that “I look...

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Teen Suicide and Cyber-World Risks

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Blog

Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents according to the American Academy of Pediatrics?             Bullying, Cyberbullying: There are many risk factors for adolescents committing suicide and one of them is bullying.  A review of 31 studies found “a clear relationship between both bullying victimization and perpetration and suicidal ideation and behavior in children and adolescents. Females were at risk regardless of frequency.” Is your tween or teen being cyberbullied...

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Sextortion, an Online Crime Harming Today’s Children, Tweens and Teens

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Blog

Sextortion, a growing online crime     Sextortion victims can be left with permanent scars.  It’s important for parents to know what sextortion is in today’s digital world because of the impact it can have on children, tweens and teens.   What is sextortion?  According to the FBI, sextortion is a serious crime that is a growing concern.  It’s “a crime exclusive to the digital age. Predators pretend to be teens on social media and gaming sites. They befriend young people, gain their trust and entice them to send lewd photos of themselves. Then they use the photos to extort more...

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When Children and Teens Go Online, Parents Need to Be Aware…

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Blog

ISIS Recruitment Online Strangers Violent Video Games… Parents Need to Be Aware of Who Their Children and Teens are Engaging With Online and What Their Children and Teens are Doing and Seeing Online! “ISIS, the radical Muslim terrorist group also known as the Islamic State, is recruiting vulnerable youth worldwide using social media. Boys and girls ranging in age from 13 to their early 20s are being deceived into leaving their homes in the U.S. and Western Europe to travel to the Iraq and Syria for indoctrination into the group’s radical theology and training in their terrorist tactics. It is estimated...

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Does Encouraging Someone to Commit Suicide Cross the Line of Free Speech?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Blog

A girl allegedly repeatedly encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself via text messages. He died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Now two years later the girlfriend is in court after being charged with manslaughter. Is a person that encourages someone to kill themselves protected under the constitution’s first amendment right of free speech? During the trial, Justice Robert Cory asked the big question, “When did this cross the line — when did these words cross the line?” Kids’ encouraging other kids to kill themselves is happening everyday via cyberbullying on social networking sites....

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ScreenRetriever Recognized…

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Blog

Thanks to of New Zealand for recognizing ScreenRetriever as an online safety tool for parents. They are so right when they say that parenting online is not spying.  Many parents still believe that the online world and offline world are two separate entities.  But it’s important for parents to understand that the online world and offline world are one and the same for kid’s today.  Parenting offline is now only half of the equation for parents today. To be a parent in today’s digitally dominated world, parents must we aware of what their children are doing online, and how...

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