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Sexting & internet safety rank in top 10 list of child medical concerns

Sep 3, 2015
Sexting & internet safety rank in top 10 list of child medical concerns

A recent article by Medical Press released new survey data about the health concerns for youth, featuring sexting and internet safety at the top of the list along with childhood obesity. According to the report, the level of concern about internet safety and sexting ranks higher than youth smoking. The impact of cyber technology...

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Security expert reveals why cyber safety threats are all about the parent

Aug 31, 2015
Security expert reveals why cyber safety threats are all about the parent

In an interview earlier this week with AVG Technologies Security Evangelist, Tony Ascombe, he explains that the results of a recent Harris Poll survey commissioned by AVG indicate that the cyber safety concerns for youth equipped with internet-enabled devices are all about the parent. This survey is scheduled to be released soon and was...

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Help your teen experience social media boundaries as freedom

Aug 31, 2015
Help your teen experience social media boundaries as freedom

Setting limits is hard to do in a hyper-connected world that can easily convince our youth that freedom is about having no limits, and wherein you can simply Google anything you think you need to know. In this way, the technology beckons us to surrender, to give our complete attention to the device...

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Back-to-School: How to identify and talk about new digital hangouts

Aug 24, 2015
Back-to-School: How to identify and talk about new digital hangouts

Back-to-school is a time of new experiences and new peer groups, on and off-line. Kids will be exposed to new apps and on-line hangouts, where there is always the risk of bad actors taking advantage of vulnerable youth. And banning kids from mobile connectivity and social media is not going to keep them safe,...

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How to gather cyber-safety intelligence from your child

Aug 24, 2015
How to gather cyber-safety intelligence from your child

As the guardian and teacher of personal security, one of the most important things a parent can do with tech-savvy kids is establish and maintain open communication. This is a lot easier said than done for two main reasons: 1) cyber communications makes it easy to keep secrets that harbor risk, and 2) the...

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What every parent needs to know about privacy & streaming music on-line

Aug 22, 2015
What every parent needs to know about privacy & streaming music on-line

The backlash to Spotify’s recent policy change was immediate as users objected to the company’s intent to pursue personal data in the devices and social media apps (friend contacts, and conversations, etc.). Even though the policy may require getting the user’s permission, there is a perceived trust issue.

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Preparing digital natives for cyber-safe career trends

Aug 17, 2015
Preparing digital natives for cyber-safe career trends

Konow’s guidance is also relevant for cyber safe strategies to instill at home. They include knowing and representing yourself honestly, considering social media as a tool to support your personal goals, and realizing the impact of your on-line reputation and dealing with others posting and tagging images of you.

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Making use of social media a privilege, not a right

Aug 16, 2015
Making use of social media a privilege, not a right

A recent San Jose Mercury article features one of the big questions for the modern parent: when is your child ready for social media? It is an important question because like learning to cross the street or drive a car, it is not a question of “if” but “when” your child will establish a...

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Help your child know the difference between stranger-danger and on-line friendships

Aug 10, 2015
Help your child know the difference between stranger-danger and on-line friendships

Last month, for example, the Sacramento FBI office reached out for public assistance to identify victims of a sextortion pedophile who had terrorized over 350 girls ranging in age from 12 to 14 years. This is every parent’s nightmare for their tech-savvy child; that a sexual predator would seduce and then deface your child’s...

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Teach your child to make smart internet browser choices

Aug 3, 2015
Teach your child to make smart internet browser choices

In this Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner article, I offer some considerations to share with your children about choosing a browser that is going to be more supportive in helping you streamline your on-line experiences with minimal advertising intrusion as possible. The commercial internet giants like Google and Microsoft have commercial incentives. Read more...

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