Finding A Balance For The Generation Z Babysitter

In today’s world, mobile is the number one way that tweens and teens connect with Social Media and each other. Given this fact, it is also a reality that those who babysit our children will likely bring their mobile device with them. Given all the research surrounding how the use of a mobile phone can

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The Internet and A Child’s Right To Privacy From Parents

The Internet and A Child’s Right To Privacy From Parents Caveat: It is important for the reader to know that I am a huge supporter of personal privacy.  I speak to youth internationally on this topic, given my belief that we are slowly giving up our “actual” rights to personal privacy, both to the Government

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Parents Don’t Get Caught In The Should Of, Could Of, Would Of To A Post Online Negative Event

Parents Don’t Get Caught In The Should Of, Could Of, Would Of To A Post Online Negative Event   Caveat: I recognize and promote that when it comes to online safety and our youth, it takes a village approach; family, school, community and industry to name a few.  This blog entry will look specifically at a

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On Demand Culture

Have we as a society become so demanding that we forgo the unexpected. Back in the early 2000’s before DVRs and Video-on-Demand services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO GO, the living room operated around scheduled programming. Yes the family could watch a movie or do other actives to pass the time, but for

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I’ve Been Watching You

For several years now, I have been speaking to the issue that computer based web cams can be covertly hacked remotely, and anything captured by the cam can be recorded and used for a crime like extortion or identity theft. I have had parents, students, teachers, law enforcement and even some on-line safety experts say

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How Criminals Target Facebook

Given that approximately 20% of Facebook users have been exposed to malware, and that over 600,000 accounts are hacked almost daily, www.247Wallst.com release an article that they called “9 Ways That A Criminal Uses Facebook” that we should all be aware of, and that I share with you here:   •    HACKING ACCOUNTS: Common tools used to complete a

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Sextortion

As an internet and social media safety advocate, as well as a law enforcement professional, I am well aware of the dangers and consequences of sexting, which I share with students in ourInternet and Social Media Safety Presentation for schools.  One of the unintended consequences of posting or texting sexualized pictures…..they will not likely stay private

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Social Spam

Being involved in law enforcement for the past 26yrs has given me some insight into the criminal element.  The criminal, although a lazy animal, is very astute to preying upon human behavior, such as curiosity, utilizing  the art of “Social Engineering”.  Just like the real world, the cyber criminal is now turning to the same

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Is Our Privacy Being App’d

ccording to Robinson Partner Research, the “App” world was a 20 million dollar industry in 2011.  An App, being nothing more than a piece of digital software, has changed the way that we purchase programs for computers, slates and phones.  In years gone by, we would purchase software at a local computer store and then

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