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Black Friday and Cyber Monday online safety

Some online safety tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Beware of Fake websites.  There are lots of hackers trying to get your information.  They send great emails offering unbelievable deals just to steal your account information.   Shop on secure...

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Holiday Online Shopping Safety

Planning to shop online this holiday?  More than 85% of people will.  Here are some holiday online safety tips. Shop at websites you trust.  Just because there is a cheaper price somewhere else doesn't mean it is trustworthy. Beware of rock bottom...

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Screen Time

Screen time is time spent in front of any screen for entertainment or recreational purposes.  This topic is a serious issue and starting to be recognized by several major companies, including Apple who just launched Screen Time management in their new iOS.Here...

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Netiquette – What is it?

Online friendships are very important to young people so much so that they endure other pain or loss rather than loose access to them.  Netiquette is the standard of behavior for online interactions with others.  Here are some guidelines.   Online actions have...

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Is Fortnite addictive?

Fortnite is hottest game in the world.  August 2018 saw 78 million players alone. Is Fortnite addiction real?  Yes.  Here are some tips to help. Taking away their devices doesn't help. Enroll them in the process and work with them to identify alternative things to...

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What is cyberstalking?

Cyberstalking is simply online stalking. It is defined as the use of technology such as the internet to harass someone. Common characteristics include threats, monitoring, accusations, and identity theft. Stalkes use various communication types to stalk, including...

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What is phishing?

Phishing is a method of gathering personal information about you using deceptive emails and websites.  This is an increasingly sophisticated form of cyber attack. Phishing attacks generally begins as an email sent a recipient.  The key to the email is that...

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Identity Theft Myths

This is a lot of information about identity theft and how to prevent it.  Here are some myths and truths about identity theft.  This is a lot of information about identity theft and how to prevent it.  Here are some myths and truths about identity theft. Myth:  If I...

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Is Fortnite Safe?

What is Fortnite? Fortnite is a free shooter game designed by Epic Games. It has become one of the most popular games among kids this year. 100 users are dropped from a plane onto an island and the goal is to be the last one alive. You can work with friends and teams...

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What are the biggest security threats to kids?

What are the biggest security threats to kids? Threats that shared in common with adults include viruses, malware, malicious sites, and downloads.  Targeted specifically to kids are free stuff messages like free music or movies or ringtones, messages that look like...

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How do I choose the right web filter? Questions to ask.

With so many apps, software, and hardware devices that filter the web, determining what the right one for your family is important. The subject of web filtering is a huge topic ranging from antivirus/malware to content filtering for kids. So how do you know which one...

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Internet Safety Tips you can share with your kids

The following are some internet safety tips you can talk to your kids about. Keeping kids safe on the internet top the list of things parents worry most about when it comes to the internet. Like any other subject, you should use this conversation as way to teach and...

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Parental Controls and Fake News

Are your kids getting too much fake news?  If they are on social media, they mostly like are.  What's real and what's funny?  It's getting harder to tell.  It's critical that kids learn to determine what is real and what is not.  Parents can help kids become more...

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Cyberbullying – What can you do?

Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, usually by sending messages that are threatening in nature.  Cyberbullying can happen to anyone, but more often to kids as they maybe reluctant to take action or admit they are victims.  Examples...

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Facebook Online Safety – What you need to know

Here are some great links for Facebook online safety. Facebook has it's own safety page - https://www.facebook.com/safety   If you need to report something, find it here - https://www.facebook.com/report There are a number of tools concerning blocking and privacy...

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Ways to control kids’ screen time.

Here are some quick tips about control kids' screen time. Establish tech free zones.  Make it clear where these are in your house.  For instance if you watch a lot of TV in the living room and devices are interfering with that, then maybe that could be a...

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YouTube Twerking and Parental Controls

A guest post from our Founder "I can't watch a restricted video here" is what my 10 year old daughter said to her Grammy as we sat outside and she reached for her phone to show her a twerking video.  She was visiting us for a few weeks and of course her phone is...

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Parental Control SafeSearching

Safesearch when turned on helps block explicit images, videos, and websites from searches.  It's job is to provide the most relevenat results minus any explicit content such as pornography and other offensive content.  The companion YouTube restrictions is Restricted...

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What is the best parental control app?

What are the best parental controls?  Asking a question like that is similar to asking what is the best car? Well that depends on what you want - a fast car, a family car, an economical car.  There is no general answer but rather you need to identify what...

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Protecting your Family’s Data

Let's face it, for lots of families using the internet is a way to communicate with each other. Kids have Twitter and Instragram accounts and parents have Facebook accounts. We use these accounts to see what our kids are up to. Your kids also have online accounts for...

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Online Privacy Policies – should you be concerned?

Have you noticed increase in recent privacy policies in your mailbox?  It seems everyday we are getting bombarded with a new online privacy policy.  The reason is called the General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR) law. This European law has already gone into effect....

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How to stop your kids from watching internet porn

We get asked so many times how to block porn. Without marco, blocking porn is nearly impossible. marco is a whole house web filter that can easily block porn. It creates two separate wifi zones, one for parents and one for kids. Within the kids zone, you can enable...

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What is HTTPS content filtering?

HTTPs filtering decrypts traffic between you and a website, typically called man-in-the-middle (MITM). HTTPs was designed to provide encryption between two points so the thought of decrypting traffic between these two points is counter productive to its intent. There...

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Did you know?

9 out of 10 teens say their parents have talked to them about internet safety; however nearly half claim that their parents do nothing to monitor their devices (https://www.cox.com/content/dam/cox/aboutus/documents/tween-internet-safety-survey.pdf) Internet safety...

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5 Parental Controls You Can Use

1)  Setup times your kids can use the internet. This should be clearly communicated so that when its time to turn off they know the expectation. Make a place within your home outside of where they normally use their device that they put when they are not supposed be...

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