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Digital Parenting: The Dark Side of Instagram

Topics: social media, privacy, oversharing, For Parents, instagram, monitoring, dangers & safety, underage users, terminology

Prom Night Digital Decorum: Preventing Teens From Oversharing

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, communication, selfie, Photo & Image Sharing, Privacy & Reputation

Internet Security: Protecting Children Online

Topics: social media, Facebook, oversharing, internet security, online predators, instagram, child predator methods, warning signs, Victims

Protect Your Teens From These 3 Digital Dangers

Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, Facebook, Internet Safety, oversharing, online predators, child predator methods, Privacy & Reputation, underage users

4 Cardinal Twitter Safety Tips for Teens and Tweens

Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, For Parents, twitter, monitoring, password protection, dangers & safety, Privacy & Reputation, For Tweens & Teens, child app

Worried That You're Oversharing? Try the Empty Case Challenge

Topics: Parental Intelligence, oversharing, digital trends, Social Trends, Privacy & Reputation, social media news, Empty Case Challenge, child app

3 Crucial Internet Safety Tips to Teach Your Kids

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, oversharing, communication, online predators, password protection, kids & technology, Digital Parenting Tips, prevention, Privacy & Reputation

4 Foolproof Ways to Protect Your Reputation on Social Media

Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, online privacy, Facebook, oversharing, For Parents, instagram, Privacy & Reputation, For Tweens & Teens, college admission, child app

The "TMI" Epidemic: Are My Teens Oversharing Online?

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, online privacy, oversharing, communication, Teens, Privacy & Reputation

Oversharing Online: Do Vacation Status Updates Put You at Risk With Burglars?

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, Home Security, Teens, location monitoring, Mobile Phones/Apps, Privacy & Reputation, burglary, child app

Oversharing Online: How One Post Can Damage Your Kid's Reputation

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, research & statistics, Privacy & Reputation

What is Geotagging and Is It Safe for My Teens To Be Doing It?

Topics: social media, privacy, oversharing, location monitoring, twitter, instagram, geotagging, Mobile Phones/Apps

Teens Overshare & Chat With Strangers Online More Than You Think

Topics: Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, oversharing, McAfee, online predators, child predator methods, Social Trends, Privacy & Reputation, social media news, McAfee Teens and Screens Study

Top Pros and Cons of Using the Photo Sharing App Instagram

Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, For Parents, instagram, dangers & safety, Privacy & Reputation, child app, Steve Woda

Survey Discovers High Rates of Teen Cyberbullying & Oversharing Online

Topics: digital parenting, cyberbullying, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, oversharing, Teens, facts & stats, prevention, Privacy & Reputation

Everything You Need to Know About Flickr

Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, Flickr, For Parents, instagram, Photo & Image Sharing, Privacy & Reputation

7-Day Digital Cleanse for College-Bound Kids

Topics: digital parenting, college admissions, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, Teens, Privacy & Reputation, health & wellbeing

5 Myths About Teens and Technology Every Parent Should Ignore

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, Teens, addictions, Privacy & Reputation, health & wellbeing

‘#SELFIE’ Is the Song of the Instagram Generation

Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, For Parents, instagram, selfie song, Selfies, Privacy & Reputation

5 Reasons Why We Don't Want Our Teens Oversharing

Topics: digital parenting, college admissions, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, Teens, Privacy & Reputation

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Digital Parenting: The Dark Side of Instagram

Posted by Steven Woda

May 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM

The photo-sharing social media site, Instagram, has been treading more on the innocent side since its launch and rise in popularity. Recently though, a new disturbing trend has risen on Instagram that should have all parents concerned.

Instagram and Teen Body Image

More and more young girls are making their profiles and pictures public and posting a picture for others to assess their attractiveness. Many of these young girls are in provocative poses and are dressed in revealing clothing. The young girls post their pictures using hash tags such as #amipretty or #beautycontest, looking for the most positive comments to boost their self-esteem.

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Topics: social media, privacy, oversharing, For Parents, instagram, monitoring, dangers & safety, underage users, terminology

Prom Night Digital Decorum: Preventing Teens From Oversharing

Posted by Steven Woda

April 21, 2015 at 8:36 PM

Prom is a very exciting event for most teens who have finally reached the age of being able to attend this important milestone. While in the past students and their guests were limited in communicating about prom, present day social media has created a whole new form of communication for them to let others know about their plans and activities in real time. This, of course, has its pros and cons.

While sending texts to friends to coordinate meeting times or showing pictures can be reasonably safe, using social media can be problematic when it comes to safety and security.

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, communication, selfie, Photo & Image Sharing, Privacy & Reputation

Internet Security: Protecting Children Online

Posted by Tim Woda

February 18, 2015 at 8:51 PM

Undoubtedly, children need to be kept safe when they are online. We also know that they need to use the Internet at this point in time. There is too much going on within the Internet for children to be shielded from it. What needs to happen is safe usage of the Internet by children. 

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Topics: social media, Facebook, oversharing, internet security, online predators, instagram, child predator methods, warning signs, Victims

Protect Your Teens From These 3 Digital Dangers

Posted by Tim Woda

December 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

All good parents have a parental instinct to protect their children. This instinct no longer extends only to the real world, but to the online world as well. Mobile and Internet child safety has become as important if not more important than typical safety measures. Here are a few common Internet safety dangers that parents and teens should approach with caution.

1. Chat Rooms 

One of the areas where children can be targeted is on chat rooms. The ability to remain anonymous makes these rooms a prime area to attack for predators. This is not to say that everyone who uses a chat room is a predatory, but it does mean that this is one area where they are often attracted.

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Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, Facebook, Internet Safety, oversharing, online predators, child predator methods, Privacy & Reputation, underage users

4 Cardinal Twitter Safety Tips for Teens and Tweens

Posted by Tim Woda

November 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Twitter is now the second largest social networking website on the planet. Still, there remains a lot of room to grow for this social network. Internet security and how it relates to Twitter continues to be a hot topic. 

Follow these steps to optimize your account security when using Twitter:

Change Passwords Regularly

As with almost any other website, frequently changing the password is a good way of staying safe. Sometimes, passwords are stolen by computer hackers. In other cases, someone may simply figure out what your password is if they see you type it in or if it is just too obvious. Thus, changing the password on a regular basis can help minimize the chances of the account being compromised.

Here are some other best practices teens can use for optimal password security:

  • Avoid anything on a list of most common user passwords - sequences of numbers like 123456, names of family members or pets, or the word "password" itself should all be avoided.

  • Don't make a password too short. Generally eight characters is considered the minimum for security.

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Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, For Parents, twitter, monitoring, password protection, dangers & safety, Privacy & Reputation, For Tweens & Teens, child app

Worried That You're Oversharing? Try the Empty Case Challenge

Posted by Tim Woda

November 12, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Oversharing on social media can be a serious problem for your kids, as we've posted before. One of the problems with teaching your kids about oversharing online (or for that matter, recognizing if you're doing it yourself) is that sometimes it's hard to recognize that you're doing it.

Posting Without Thinking

Part of the reason kids and adults alike share so many things on social media is that it's so easy. Pulling out your phone to snap a picture, write a post, or click a few "likes" is such a simple action that it quickly becomes habit.

Habits are actions we do without thinking about them, and sometimes even without noticing them. This is great when a habit helps you do something positive, like developing routines to carry you efficiently through the day. It's not good when habits lead you to oversharing and obsessive social media use, because you don't even realize how often you're checking in.

How can you become aware of phone habits, and help your kids learn about theirs? Try the empty case challenge.

How It Works

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, oversharing, digital trends, Social Trends, Privacy & Reputation, social media news, Empty Case Challenge, child app

3 Crucial Internet Safety Tips to Teach Your Kids

Posted by Steven Woda

November 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Now that we live in the digital age, chances are that your children will use the Internet throughout their lives both for work and play. Here are a few things you should teach them early to ensure good Internet security.

1. Keep Personal Details Secret Online

It’s important for children to learn the need for secrecy when browsing the web. Younger children especially tend to be automatically trusting of anyone they meet, especially in cyberspace. They need to understand to never give out their real name, their phone number, their address, or any other personal information on the Internet.

2. Never Meet Up With Strangers

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, oversharing, communication, online predators, password protection, kids & technology, Digital Parenting Tips, prevention, Privacy & Reputation

4 Foolproof Ways to Protect Your Reputation on Social Media

Posted by Steven Woda

September 12, 2014 at 1:03 PM

We’ve all heard it by now: the Internet is forever. A bad social media presence can follow anyone of any demographic down the road. Think of how many times you’ve heard on the news that a teen was expelled, cyberbullied, or rejected from colleges based on one digital mistake. Countless adults have been fired from jobs and penalized by the law based on poor social media choices.

The beginning of a new school year is as good a time as any to make sure that you and your kids are in control of your digital reputations. Use these tips to ensure that you are maintaining reputable social media accounts:

1. Be selective about who you're friends with on social media.

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Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, online privacy, Facebook, oversharing, For Parents, instagram, Privacy & Reputation, For Tweens & Teens, college admission, child app

The "TMI" Epidemic: Are My Teens Oversharing Online?

Posted by Steven Woda

August 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Oversharing online - the act of posting sensitive personal information - is one of the leading dangers affecting teenagers. In fact, independent studies have suggested that most teenagers are oversharing online. How bad is it for your teenager?

The Facts

As noted in the McAfee Teens and Screens study, 52% of teens have gotten into a fight because of things they either shared themselves or saw someone else share. And if you don't think your teens are seeing things, think again - 87% of teens have at least witnessed some form of cyberbullying. Here are some other facts to consider:

  • 39% of teens have never changed their privacy settings on social media - whose baseline usually

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, online privacy, oversharing, communication, Teens, Privacy & Reputation

Oversharing Online: Do Vacation Status Updates Put You at Risk With Burglars?

Posted by Tim Woda

August 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

"I'm so excited!! The family and I are headed to Myrtle Beach for the next week. We finally got the car all packed up with beach gear galore. We'll be sure to post pics after :)"

We have all seen a post similar to this. In fact, you may be guilty of having posted something like this yourself! If you and your family are headed out on vacation sometime in the remaining weeks of summer, the worst thing that you can do is share this information online. While you can limit viewership of your social media to only those on your friends list, you still run the risk of them mentioning that they'll be going out with you or that you'll be away from home for an extended period of time.

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, Home Security, Teens, location monitoring, Mobile Phones/Apps, Privacy & Reputation, burglary, child app

Oversharing Online: How One Post Can Damage Your Kid's Reputation

Posted by Steven Woda

August 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Today's kids are practically born with a cell phone or tablet in hand. The modern-day Internet has provided contemporary youth with access to a seemingly endless amount of information. Young people also have the convenient, yet frightening, ability to remain in constant contact with peers and strangers alike.

Modern technology empowers today's youth in many ways, but it can also inflict scars which could last a lifetime. One aspect of youthful online activities, the relinquishing of personal information, has the potential to cause irreversible damage, and should be carefully monitored by parents.

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, research & statistics, Privacy & Reputation

What is Geotagging and Is It Safe for My Teens To Be Doing It?

Posted by Steven Woda

July 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

You would never post your home address online or tell the world that your kids were home alone at that address, would you? Yet many of us are innocently and unknowingly doing just that, by geotagging.

Geotagging is a relatively new phenomenon in that age of smartphones and many teens and parents are unaware of exactly what it is and why it's dangerous. True privacy and safety are becoming ever more elusive and complex in the information age. Here's what you need to know about geotagging to protect your teen's privacy and safety online. 

What is Geotagging?

Geotagging is a way of embedding location information into photos or posts made through social media sites, providing the exact coordinates of where a photo was snapped or a post was made (within 10 to 15 feet depending on the accuracy of your GPS chip). Ultimately, geotagging is not a safe practice for anyone for a myriad of reasons.

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Topics: social media, privacy, oversharing, location monitoring, twitter, instagram, geotagging, Mobile Phones/Apps

Teens Overshare & Chat With Strangers Online More Than You Think

Posted by Tim Woda

June 20, 2014 at 1:12 PM

In case you missed it, McAfee released a Teens and Screens study earlier this month exposing shocking revelations about the depths of the extent and how often teens overshare and chat with strangers online. In McAfee's Teens' Online Behavior Can Get Them in Trouble, Robert Siciliano reports of the study that:

About 75% of tweens and teens friend people whom they know in the real world, however, 59% engage with strangers online. And one out of 12 meet the online stranger in real life. This could be because 33% of them say they feel more accepted online than in real life.

Additional facts to understand:

  • Our tweens and teens overshare personal information – 50% posted their email address,

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, oversharing, McAfee, online predators, child predator methods, Social Trends, Privacy & Reputation, social media news, McAfee Teens and Screens Study

Top Pros and Cons of Using the Photo Sharing App Instagram

Posted by Steven Woda

June 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM

As the popularity of the photo sharing app Instagram continues to grow, so does its user base. Children watch their older siblings and peers using the smartphone application and begin using it in order to fit in and feel trendy. Although there is nothing wrong with young children trying to keep up with the latest technology, it is important to weigh the Instagram pros and cons before letting your young children start using the app.

Pros

One of the greatest features of Instagram is its privacy settings. This ensures that outside users--people who are not following you--have to request your permission to see your photos. This helps ward off strangers and potential offenders who could possibly cause harm through their comments.

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Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, For Parents, instagram, dangers & safety, Privacy & Reputation, child app, Steve Woda

Survey Discovers High Rates of Teen Cyberbullying & Oversharing Online

Posted by Steven Woda

May 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Even though state laws and parents are making efforts to combat cyberbullying, the number of teens who have been cyberbullied appears to remain high. Additionally, teens don't often seek out parents to help them when they encounter digital dangers. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Cox Communications have released a survey about teens, technology, and cyberbullying. The survey finds are startling to say the least! Here is an excerpt of major findings of the survey outlined in a NCMEC article:

Key trends among the teens surveyed include:

  • Three in 10 teens claim to have been bullied online (31 percent)

  • One in 10 admits to have bullied someone online

  • Of teens who admit to being bullied online, only 41 percent have told an adult

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Topics: digital parenting, cyberbullying, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, oversharing, Teens, facts & stats, prevention, Privacy & Reputation

Everything You Need to Know About Flickr

Posted by Steven Woda

April 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

What is Flickr?

Flickr is an image sharing site and online community. Users upload and manage photos, comment on others' pictures, subscribe to image feeds, and communicate with up to 3,000 contacts on Flickr.

How do you sign up?

Only a Yahoo email address is required for sign up, which is by default hidden from users who aren't designated as “friends and family.” A person's real name and current city, if provided, are public by default.

Who can add photos on Flikr?

Registered users can geotag their uploaded photos, tag and add notes, organize albums, and join groups of similar pictures taken by other people.

What sort of privacy settings are there?

Users set a privacy level for each photo and designate who can download it. They also assign the photo license (“all rights reserved” is the default) and the safety level of the photos.

  • “Safe” means appropriate for everyone

  • “Moderate” is mature (Flickr specifies that “bare breasts and bottoms” fall into this category)

  • “Restricted” means definitely not for minors

It's important to note that users themselves are responsible for designating safety levels, not Flickr. Users can flag inappropriate or incorrectly rated photos they view.

What can a parent do?

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Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, Flickr, For Parents, instagram, Photo & Image Sharing, Privacy & Reputation

7-Day Digital Cleanse for College-Bound Kids

Posted by Steven Woda

April 15, 2014 at 10:29 AM

We already know that poor social media decisions can impact a teen or tween's future. Read on to learn about how a 7-day cleanse can help them refresh their online reputations. This article was originally published on McAfee Blog Central by Toni Birdsong.

Sorry, this post will not push the health benefits of a kale-flax smoothie (although they do rock). But, if your aspiring college student follows this 7-Day Digital Cleanse for a full week, he is bound to become more digitally fit. (Disclaimer: the side effects of the 7-Day Digital Cleanse could be life changing and dream saving).

By now we all know about the fallout that can happen when young people with big dreams fail to post properly on social media sites. We’ve seen Olympic athletes sent home for a tweet, a zillion people get fired, and college scholarships revoked because a tweet or photo made it to the desk of a college decision maker. 

In 2013, Kaplan Test Prep surveyed nearly 400 college admissions officers and found that 30% said they found something online that negatively impacted the applicant’s chances of getting admitted. On the flip side, when canvassing students in a separate study, Kaplan found that 50% of students admitted they would “not be concerned” about an admissions officer researching them online while 27% said they were “not too concerned,” and 14% said they were “very concerned.”

Offenses cited in the admissions study included essay plagiarism, vulgarities in blogs, alcohol consumption in photos and “illegal activities.”

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Topics: digital parenting, college admissions, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, Teens, Privacy & Reputation, health & wellbeing

5 Myths About Teens and Technology Every Parent Should Ignore

Posted by Steven Woda

March 29, 2014 at 7:36 AM

This article was originally published on the Huffington Post by Elizabeth Perle. 

As the editor of HuffPost Teen, I spend a good part of my day talking to Snapchat-sending, Facebook-hating, selfie-taking, iPhone-obsessed teens that many adults love to judge. I also talk to their parents.

This week, I received a fairly typical email from the concerned mom of one of our bloggers asking questions like: Is having an Internet profile safe? How many people will see it? Will strangers try to communicate with my kid? What about online predators?

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, Teens, addictions, Privacy & Reputation, health & wellbeing

‘#SELFIE’ Is the Song of the Instagram Generation

Posted by Tim Woda

March 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Have you heard the "Selfie Song" that's sweeping the Internet? Many people believe that the Selfie song captures Generation Y. Read on to learn about it and watch the music video below to judge for yourself! This article was originally published on Yahoo Tech by Jason O. Gilbert.

Every once in a great while, a song emerges to capture an era, a scene, a way of life. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” defined grunge music in Seattle in the 1990s; “Stayin’ Alive,” and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack from the Bee Gees, crystallized disco in the ’70s. 

Now, the self-centered, social network-centric Internet era has its own defining jam: It’s called “#SELFIE,” and, yes, the hashtag is part of the title. The song, from New York City DJ duo The Chainsmokers, perfectly encapsulates the Instagram-obsessed, nightclub-hopping, selfie-posing twentysomethings who take over large swaths of New York, Los Angeles and other lounge-friendly metropolises on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, For Parents, instagram, selfie song, Selfies, Privacy & Reputation

5 Reasons Why We Don't Want Our Teens Oversharing

Posted by Tim Woda

February 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

In an article originally published on the Huffington Post, Clinical Psychologist, Barbara Greenberg shares her top fears when it comes to teens oversharing on social media.

Every generation of teens has its own unique set of trends including clothing and communication styles. Consider that this generation of teens seems to bare more skin than past generations. At least that's how it appears to me and to many many frustrated sets of parents. Similarly, the current generation of teens share more information about themselves publicly because of the popularity of social media.

We now have a generation of teenagers who barely (a little levity) understand the meaning of keeping things private. In fact, when they share too much information with their parents they are sometimes told "TMI" which refers to Too Much Information. I get this. There is only so much information that parents can tolerate at a single sitting. Look, even though, you want your teens to open up to you, many parents have asked me what to do when their loquacious kids get a little too generous verbally. I suggest that parents listen up because there must be a reason why your kids are opening up to you.

Teens these days are also sharing way too much private information about themselves on social media sites. At least that's my opinion. In fact there is a word that has become popular which describes this behavior. #oversharing

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Topics: digital parenting, college admissions, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, Teens, Privacy & Reputation