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The Emotional Consequences of Parent Identity Theft

Having your identity stolen is an upsetting, even exhausting situation. Many victims have suffered sleepless nights from worrying about who had their information, how they had gotten it, and what else they were possibly doing with it. The recovery process, while time consuming, can offer them some measure of closure, though. But what do you…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

The Wizard of Oz & Digital Parenting

One of my favorite parts of my work is talking with parents about the digital environment. When I walk into a room to give a presentation to parents, the anxiety is palpable. Usually, there is an exchange of worrisome stories about things they’ve heard about the online world and a general sense of being overwhelmed…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

Scholarship Scams: Don’t Be a Financial Aid Victim

Parents and students alike spend many a sleepless night worrying about how they’re going to pay for college. And with the widely spread rumor that millions of dollars each year in legitimate financial aid go unclaimed, it does seem possible that scholarship offers might come pouring in. Sadly, this causes an estimated $100 million each…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Online Security, Parenting

The Tricky Thing About Anonymity & Technology

My job traveling the country speaking with kids, parents and school staff about internet and digital safety is pretty awesome. One of the greatest things about what I do is that TRULY no two days are the same. While the ever-changing world of technology is extremely daunting at times (especially for parents), I find it…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

GET DIGITAL!

Recently, I taught one of my favorite Common Sense Media lessons during a 6th grade Cyber Civics class at Journey School in Aliso Viejo, CA. Called “Chart It,” this lesson challenges students to think through online ethical dilemmas — like a friend posting an unflattering photo on Facebook, a classmate cutting and pasting freely from…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

BEaPRO™: Choose smart phone apps to balance digital use

The first concept in iKeepSafe’s BEaPRO™ acronym is balance of digital usage. At AppCertain, we help parents manage their family’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and one of the biggest requests we’ve received is a way to help manage screen time of iDevices. Apps currently available in Apple’s App Store are easily bypassed, which means…Continue Reading

Categories: Balance, Parenting

Download and Watch Full Movie The Dark Tower (2017)

The Dark Tower (2017) HD Director : Nikolaj Arcel. Producer : Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer, Stephen King. Release : August 3, 2017 Country : South Africa, United States of America. Production Company : Imagine Entertainment, Weed Road Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Language : English. Runtime : 95 Genre : Action,…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

Watch and Download Full Movie What Happened to Monday (2017)

What Happened to Monday (2017) HD Director : Tommy Wirkola. Writer : Max Botkin, Kerry Williamson. Producer : Raffaella De Laurentiis, Fabrice Gianfermi, Philippe Rousselet. Release : August 18, 2017 Country : Belgium, France, United Kingdom, United States of America. Production Company : Vendome Pictures, Nexus Factory, Umedia, Snd Films, Raffaella Productions, Title Media. Language…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

Download Movie Steve Jobs (2015)

Steve Jobs (2015) HD Director : Danny Boyle. Writer : Aaron Sorkin. Producer : Scott Rudin, Danny Boyle, Guymon Casady, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon. Release : October 9, 2015 Country : United Kingdom, United States of America. Production Company : Universal Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Legendary Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Management 360, Cloud Eight…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

Watch Full Movie Online Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Watch HD | 2015 | 132 minutes | Action. 6.5 Movie ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ was released in September 9, 2015 in genre Action. Wes Ball was directed this movie and starring by Dylan O’Brien. This movie tell story about Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

The Houses October Built 2 (2017) [Full Movie Free]

The Houses October Built 2 (2017) HD Director : Bobby Roe. Writer : Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe. Producer : Zack Andrews, Steven Schneider. Release : September 22, 2017 Language : English. Runtime : 99 Genre : Horror. Synopsis Watch The Houses October Built 2 Full Movie Online Free. ‘The Houses October Built 2’ is a…Continue Reading

Categories: Balance, Parenting

[Watch] Battle of the Sexes (2017) Movie Online

Battle of the Sexes (2017) HD Director : Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Writer : Simon Beaufoy. Producer : Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf. Release : September 22, 2017 Country : United Kingdom, United States of America. Production Company : Fox Searchlight Pictures, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films. Language : English. Runtime : 121 Genre…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting, Social Networking

[Streaming and Download] Red Trees (2017) Full Movie HD

Red Trees (2017) HD Director : Marina Willer. Release : September 15, 2017 Runtime : 87 Genre : Drama. Synopsis Watch Red Trees Full Movie Online Free. ‘Red Trees’ is a movie genre Drama, was released in September 15, 2017. Marina Willer was directed this movie and starring by Tim Pigott-Smith. This movie tell story…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

[Watch] The Houses October Built 2 (2017)

The Houses October Built 2 (2017) HD Director : Bobby Roe. Writer : Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe. Producer : Zack Andrews, Steven Schneider. Release : September 22, 2017 Language : English. Runtime : 99 Genre : Horror. Synopsis Watch The Houses October Built 2 Full Movie Online Free. ‘The Houses October Built 2’ is a…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

[Watch] Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Full Movie HD

Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) HD Director : Issa López. Release : November 2, 2017 Country : Mexico. Production Company : Filmadora Nacional, Peligrosa. Language : Español. Runtime : 85 Genre : Fantasy, Horror, Thriller. Synopsis Watch Tigers Are Not Afraid Full Movie Online Free. ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ is a movie genre Fantasy, was…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

[Streaming and Download] Battle of the Sexes (2017) Full Movie HD

Battle of the Sexes (2017) HD Director : Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Writer : Simon Beaufoy. Producer : Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf. Release : September 22, 2017 Country : United Kingdom, United States of America. Production Company : Fox Searchlight Pictures, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films. Language : English. Runtime : 121 Genre…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Parenting

What Kids are (Really) Doing Online

Maybe you’ve already heard? It appears that Facebook is losing its groove. A recent survey of 5,200 teenagers found that while 33% called Facebook their “most important” social network in Spring ‘12, by Spring of this year that number had fallen to just 25%. An unofficial survey of the eighth graders in my Cyber Civics…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Parenting, Videos

Kid’s Mobile Apps & What Parents Need to Know

In today’s society, we have an app for our emails, an app for cooking recipes, an app to find restaurants, an app to take pictures, and much more. I guess the better question is, what don’t we have an app for? Mobile apps can either be great productivity tools, or simple time distractors.  The “newest”…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

It Takes a Village to Understand an App Called Vine

Last week I was the recipient of a group email from a fellow mom warning about the new Twitter app, called Vine, that lets users share six-second looped videos with one another.  The sender had just watched some “not so flattering” videos of her daughter on this new social network and wanted to warn the…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

Virtual Goods Meet the Real World

Children today are growing up on tablets and other portable devices, and the mobile industry is growing up right alongside them, providing tremendous benefits in the realms of education, play and development.   Unfortunately, there are also growing pains to push through.  We’re starting to see that become more apparent, particularly in the business models…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Parenting

Online Privacy: What Are You Doing About It?

There is a lot of talk about online privacy and identify theft, but who is doing something about it? Most adults are aware they need to protect personal information online, but unfortunately, that’s as far as it goes.  Only 38% of adults said they were “aware of ways to limit how much information websites can collect about them” in…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Privacy

Why Should You Protect Your Child From Identity Theft?

It is natural for parents to want to protect their children as much as possible.  However, parents cannot protect their child from dangers they don’t know exist.  One of these unforeseen dangers is identity theft. Many parents are not aware that their child can become a victim of this awful crime. However, children can and…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

WHAT’S IN AN APP?

In the last week of 2012, approximately 1.2 billion apps were downloaded, to the delight of children young and old.  Puzzles, games, stories and more were made available to entertain, engage and keep minds and hands occupied. But, as the Federal Trade Commission has noted, there’s more to apps than meets the eye. This is…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

What Can You Do To Protect Children?

One of the highlights of last year was the privilege of serving with the 2012 Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children.  On January 3, 2013 our report was sent to Governor Nixon, the General Assembly and State Board of Education, and released for all citizens.  The report is about protecting…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

Time For Your Kids

During every holiday season we seem to hug our kids and tell them how much we love them just a bit more often. And with the tragic events in Newtown, that bit more has increased to a lot more.  Connecting with our kids is the most powerful thing a parent can do. Kids and teens…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

Things I Wish My Parents Had Told Me (About Internet Safety)

Although ongoing and regular discussions about internet safety should be part of every youth-serving organization’s culture, many organizations only conduct formal internet safety training programs once each year. To help this important discussion continue long after a formal presentation has been made, we have created collateral materials entitled “Things I Wish My Parents Had Told…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

Risk-Taking Teens and Apps: A Bad Combination?

Do you remember as a teenager how you tested limits? Maybe it was driving too fast, skipping school, or…. now I’m showing my age… streaking? I remember when the whole school lined up to watch a couple of classmates run from one end of the campus to the other.  Everyone knew it was going to…Continue Reading

Categories: Legal Issues, Parenting

Teen Online Behavior is Getting Past Parents

McAfee released findings from a 2012 Teen Internet Behavior Study that revealed how teens are behaving (or not behaving) online. The results are sobering. In short, teens are doing all sorts of inappropriate and illegal things on the internet and parents are clueless. Kids are better at using technology than their parents and parents are…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

The Christmas List

Was that you braving the shopping crowds Thanksgiving night or early black Friday morning?  Did you find all the gadgets on your list?  If you’re like most of us, you still have some shopping to do. I’m sure your kids are giving you all sorts of suggestions for Santa.  As you compile that list of…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

What Would You Do?

I have a question for parents: What would you do if someone asked you to send him or her a sexually explicit image? I’m assuming your response would be, “I’d never do that.” Let me also ask, how do you know that would be your answer? My guess is that you’d respond, “I just know…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Parenting

Getting Kids Hooked on Unhealthy Snacks: There’s an app for that

Candy, soft drink, and other snack companies always look for new ways to sell products to kids. Saturday morning ads are unsavory due to high cost. Now some food companies are using a more subtle tactic: kid-friendly game apps for smartphones and tablets that involve food products. This new tool in the marketing arsenal is…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Physical Health

The Fourth Screen Becomes Mainstream

Tablets have become the 4th most important screen in people’s digital lives. The other three important screens include TV, computer, and smartphone. My family got a big color TV in the 70s, I bought my first computer in the mid-80s, and my first smartphone in the mid-2000’s.  And the time arrived much faster than all…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

FREE Webinar from Net Nanny®: 5 Proven Steps for Emotion Coaching your Angry Teenagers

It doesn’t matter what triggers it, but don’t you want to know what to say and do when your children are mad at you? They may be mad at the food, your rules or even the internet filter you’ve put on the home computers.  How do you successfully address your children when they are not…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

2nd Edition of Vodafone’s Digital Parenting Magazine

Today, in honor of the launch of the 2nd edition of Vodafone’s Digital Parenting magazine’s, Vodafone will be distributing the free magazine to hundreds of thousands of parents across the UK. The aim of Digital Parenting is to help parents feel more confident about getting involved and setting boundaries in their child’s digital world. “Vodafone…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

Parents, Do Your Homework too

Have you ever noticed that when the school year begins, you end up with more homework than your kid? You’ve been given a stack of forms to review and sign: forms for the nurse, contact info for the office, school directory and of course, lots of policy stuff. With all those forms to fill out,…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

A Download on Apps: What All Parents Should Know

From Apple to Android, smart phones, tablets and other WiFi devices, millions of apps are available (free and paid-for) and are starting to take over websites on the internet. They’re easy, quick to download, portable, and kids are taking major advantage of the variety of apps available. However, parents are now swarming me with questions…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Digital Citizenship, Parenting

On Alert

One summer afternoon, a well dressed man sat in the shade of an old tree watching the children play in the sun soaked field of a local public park.  He appeared to be waiting for someone, as he frequently glanced toward the parking area from behind his newspaper. After a while, he stood and circled…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

Should Parents Spy On Their Kids?

I just read an article advocating the idea that parents should spy on their kids by hacking into their Facebook.  Why has technology caused such a radical change in parenting philosophy?  Am I considered “old school” if I profess the idea that using technology to spy on your kid is a bad idea?  Am I…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

A Lesson on FakeBook

Who am I? That’s a question young people have pondered throughout the ages. After all, adolescence has long been a time for teens to experiment with different personas, both to the shock and delight of their parents and friends. Today, however, this process of discovering oneself by constructing a self-presentation and then sharing it with…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting, Reputation

Kids’ Anti-Bullying Campaign is the Business

Kids can make a difference in the fight against cyberbullying. A Social Enterprise in Schools program in Scotland, in which students get hands-on experience running a social enterprise with practical advice and mentoring from successful entrepreneurs, resulted in a group of 10 to 12-year-old students setting up a business aimed at combating cyberbullying. The students’ anti-cyberbullying…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Parenting

Not So Fast

According to a December 2011, New York Times article,  the sending of sexual images by minors isn’t as prevalent as expected. The assertion is based on a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics where 1,560 children were telephonically interviewed. Of course, there is reason to be hopeful, as it is good news to learn…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting, Reputation

Be Careful: Some Mobile Apps for Kids are not Safe

New Jersey is suing an iPhone app maker for collecting personal information from kids who use an educational game.   This particular game sends personal data to an analytics company. The app developer, 24x7digital LLC, is accused of encouraging kids who use their game to provide their name and other personal info. According to the Children’s…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Parenting

5 Tips for Grownups with Digital Kids

In celebration of “Social Media Day,” we were asked recently to speak to an audience of parents about how to keep kids safe online. This is a topic that captures the interest of most adults with children, and even the tech-savvy grownups in the audience we addressed seemed anxious and worried about what their kids…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

Shutting Down Fear, Opening Up Dialogue

I love challenges, and thankfully as part of the work I do, I’m faced with a challenge daily. This challenge is to convince fear-stricken parents that there is a whole lot of good when it comes to technology, the internet and their kids. Through my work with various law enforcement agencies tailored around Internet Crimes…Continue Reading

Categories: Balance, Educational Issues, Parenting

Identity Theft Resource Center’s Survey Finds Parents Concerned

Recently, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) released the results of the Parenting and Social Media Survey it conducted between April and May 2012. The survey was conducted with the intent to measure the levels of concern parents express, and actions they take in relation to their children’s social media engagement. Better understanding of the…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

The Internet can be safe and fun for young kids

Social networks are typically for more mature users. A problem we see today is that kids under the age of 13 wish for the same independence their older siblings or parents have while using the Internet–they want to “be online” too. This need presents a few challenges, one of which is that there are many…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

What do you do when the lights go out?

In our 24/7, digital, mobile world, it can be disruptive and unnerving when the electricity and the networks that keep you connected go down. At the end of June a derecho , a peculiar and violent series of storms, lashed the Washington, DC, area taking down trees, power lines, and electricity to over a million…Continue Reading

Categories: Balance, Parenting

New Research: The Tools of Internet Moderation

A recent EU Kids Online Survey indicates that parents worry about their children being contacted by strangers or seeing inappropriate content—ranking this worry 5th and 6th out of nine different kinds of parental worries. Additionally, analysis shows that children will be less likely to encounter online risks if their parents use filtering or monitoring tools.…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

Turning Terrible Moments Into Teachable Moments

Talk to your kids. Talk to your kids. Talk to your kids. While traveling the country addressing parents, law enforcement, school staff and administrators, they must hear me say this fifty times in the 1 ½ hours that I have to speak with them about technology safety and responsible use. Most recently I was reminded…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Educational Issues, Parenting

Are Kids Under 13 Really Ready for Facebook?

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about whether or not children under the age of 13 should be allowed to join Facebook. While adults debate this issue, a study by Consumer Reports tells us that over 7.5 million children younger than 13 are on Facebook already, most of them having registered with the help…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting, Social Networking

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