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Prom Night Digital Decorum: Preventing Teens From Oversharing

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

Photo Leaks: The Latest Scary Digital Trend

Topics: Parental Intelligence, online privacy, peer pressure, Photo & Image Sharing, digital trends, Social Trends, Privacy & Reputation, child app

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

Internet Security For Children In Chat Rooms

Topics: Parental Intelligence, online privacy, Internet Safety, internet security, online predators, password protection, child predator methods, Privacy & Reputation, warning signs, Big Data

5 Ways To Stay Secure on Public Wi-Fi Networks

Topics: Parental Intelligence, online privacy, password protection, Privacy & Reputation, Big Data, child app

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

Common Mobile and Internet Child Safety Dangers to Avoid

Topics: sexting, texting, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, texting and driving, dangers, Mobile Phones/Apps, Privacy & Reputation, Big Data, 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

iCloud Safety: What Parents Can Learn from the Celebrity Photo Hack

Topics: iPhone, Parental Intelligence, Android, online privacy, password protection, Photo & Image Sharing, Mobile Phones/Apps, Privacy & Reputation, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Selfies Gone Wrong: 5 People Who Died Taking Selfies

Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, instagram, dangers & safety, Selfies, Privacy & Reputation, selfie deaths, child app

The Selfie Culture: Should We Be Worried?

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Selfies, Privacy & Reputation, health & wellbeing, child app, Steve Woda

Should You Use Facebook's New Privacy Checkup Tool?

Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, privacy, online privacy, Facebook, password protection, Privacy & Reputation, Facebook privacy checkup, privacy checkup tool

Public WiFi: a Threat to Internet and Mobile Safety?

Topics: Parental Intelligence, online privacy, Internet Safety, identity theft, internet scams, online safety tips, Privacy & Reputation, child app

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

It’s Not Just You! Why Bloggers Can Help You Feel at Ease

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, blogging, communication, kids & technology, Digital Parenting Tips, Privacy & Reputation

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

Facebook Terms of Service: What Are We All "Agreeing" To?

Topics: social media, privacy, Facebook, laws & regulations, dangers & safety, Privacy & Reputation, terminology, Big Data, child app

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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

Photo Leaks: The Latest Scary Digital Trend

Posted by Steven Woda

January 2, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Today, news stories about teens getting caught up in sexting and resulting photo leak scandals are a dime a dozen. As parents, we usually say to ourselves “that could never happen to my child” when we see stories like these, but the truth is that a digital slip-up like a photo leak can happen to anyone.

Just a few years ago, advancements in video, photos and messaging technology all seemed so harmless. Now, sexting seems to be all the rage as teenagers experiment with these advances in technology. Disturbingly, sexting photo leaks appear to be becoming somewhat a trend among teens and, as sexting continues to be prevalent, the images are imprinted on technology forever.

Here are a few synopses of photo leaks that have happened in towns across the US. An especially disconcerting facet about these photo leaks is that each case has occurred in just the past six months:

  • In November, two students from McLean High School in Virginia acquired and organized folders containing compromising photos of 56 female classmates. They passed around the folders to other students in a carefully concealed Dropbox page. The 16 and 17-year-old teens plead guilty to three misdemeanor charges each for distributing obscene material.

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, online privacy, peer pressure, Photo & Image Sharing, digital trends, Social Trends, Privacy & Reputation, child app

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

Internet Security For Children In Chat Rooms

Posted by Tim Woda

December 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Chat rooms are one place on the Internet that can cause a lot of fear and worry in parents. With a multitude of stories coming out about terrible things that have happened to children and others as a result of chat rooms, the concern is understandable.

Ultimately, chat rooms are not recommended for children. There is endless potential for online predators and identity thieves to be lurking around chat rooms and disguising themselves as being young and friendly. If you choose to allow your child to visit them, here are a few chat room tips that can help put your fears at ease: 

Moderators Of The Service 

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, online privacy, Internet Safety, internet security, online predators, password protection, child predator methods, Privacy & Reputation, warning signs, Big Data

5 Ways To Stay Secure on Public Wi-Fi Networks

Posted by Tim Woda

December 8, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Free public Wi-Fi can be compared to free public restrooms. While a wireless hot spot may be very appealing, particularly when you are out and about without a data connection, you must remember to use caution just as you would no matter how desperately you might need to access a public restroom. 

It might be a good idea to review some important tips with your family members, including children who are heading off to school or doing any sort of traveling. Anyone using a laptop, smart phone or tablet needs to be aware of some of the dangers lurking out there, so it is important to use some safety tips in order to choose a network wisely.

Make certain that the network you connect to is legitimate, not just a facade for someone who wants to intercept your data. How can you be sure it's legit? 

  1. If you are out in public, such as in a restaurant, coffee shop or even at the public library, verify the name of the network they are offering for free.

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, online privacy, password protection, Privacy & Reputation, Big Data, child app

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

Common Mobile and Internet Child Safety Dangers to Avoid

Posted by Steven Woda

November 12, 2014 at 6:09 PM

The moment that a child logs on to the Internet is the moment that they are exposed to a number of risks. While the Internet is designed to help us all accomplish tasks, learn new information, and even do business, there are potential threats that lurk as well, particularly for children. Mobile and Internet child safety is an important topic to learn about. 

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Topics: sexting, texting, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, texting and driving, dangers, Mobile Phones/Apps, Privacy & Reputation, Big Data, 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

iCloud Safety: What Parents Can Learn from the Celebrity Photo Hack

Posted by Steven Woda

November 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

It's likely that you have heard about the recent celebrity photograph hack incident, where the private photographs of numerous celebrities were stolen and leaked on the Internet. It is reported that the photo hack stemmed from a criminal either breaching the iCloud system or hacking stars' personal account usernames and passwords.

Although the attacker responsible for this crime was clearly targeting celebrities, it is important for parents to know that these kinds of breaches can happen to anyone. Learn about how to secure both account usernames/passwords and the iCloud service.

The Cause of the Celebrity Photo Breach

There is a dispute regarding the source of the hack and this, in itself, is an indicator of how tricky security can be. The photos were obtained from Apple's iCloud service, but the exact nature of the iCloud breach remains in question - Apple maintains that the pictures were obtained through targeting usernames and passwords, but others suggest there was a more fundamental breach of the iCloud.

In reality, for the purposes of many people, the source of the hack is a secondary consideration - both methods are entirely plausible and whichever was used here, either could be used in the future. In consequence, to ensure security of things such as pictures, both factors should be given consideration. Parents seeking to ensure their children's privacy should take steps to ensure both that usernames and passwords are secure and robust, and that a future iCloud breach has only limited information to steal anyway.

It Can Happen to Anyone

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Topics: iPhone, Parental Intelligence, Android, online privacy, password protection, Photo & Image Sharing, Mobile Phones/Apps, Privacy & Reputation, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Selfies Gone Wrong: 5 People Who Died Taking Selfies

Posted by Tim Woda

November 6, 2014 at 10:31 AM

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t become privy to the selfie epidemic that has seized pop culture. Everyone from President Obama to Pope Francis has participated in the trend. The self-portrait photograph has become a staple of social media. With 91% of teens estimated to have posted a photo of themselves online, it's likely that your own teen or tween has contributed to the craze!

While the selfie trend is innocent enough for the most part, there are a few potential risks associated with taking selfies. Although it may seem surprising, there have been various world-wide reports of selfie-related accidents that have resulted in serious injuries or, in some cases, deaths. 

Here’s a list of people who have tragically died from accidents and events involving selfies.

    1. A couple visiting Portugal sadly fell to their deaths while trying to take a selfie with their kids on the edge of the Cabo da Roca beachside cliff. Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident, but suspect that the deaths happened directly resulting from the couple taking the selfie.

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Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, instagram, dangers & safety, Selfies, Privacy & Reputation, selfie deaths, child app

The Selfie Culture: Should We Be Worried?

Posted by Steven Woda

October 16, 2014 at 5:36 PM

You can hardly go onto Facebook, Instagram or any other social media site without being inundated with selfies. A recent PEW study found that a whopping 91% of teens have reportedly posted a photo of themselves online. With this kind of statistic, odds are that your teen has already taken and posted at least one of these instant self-portraits. 

For most teens, selfies are a harmless bit of adolescent fun, no more dangerous than other passing fads. Actual damage by selfie is rare, but it does happen. As a parent, you need to be aware of these risks and become equipped to discuss them with your teen.

Selfies and Self-Esteem

One risk factor for selfies is that the act and obsession with taking them can lead teens to the development of poor self-esteem. There has been some speculation about whether self-portraits help or hurt self-esteem. Out of the few studies that have been conducted on the matter, the verdict on the effects of selfies on teen self-esteem is somewhat conflicting.

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Selfies, Privacy & Reputation, health & wellbeing, child app, Steve Woda

Should You Use Facebook's New Privacy Checkup Tool?

Posted by Steven Woda

October 9, 2014 at 6:47 PM

In September 2014, Facebook began rolling out a privacy checkup tool for users. It's an attempt to by the network to encourage privacy among its millions of users. 

It's a bit of a strange move coming from Facebook for a number of reasons. First of all, in regards to online privacy, Facebook is practically the antithesis of that. While other social media sites like Twitter allow members to create a username and never display their full names if they prefer, Facebook requires such personal information as a full name (of course, inputting your true name is optional), city and town of residence, and encourages users to include even their school and workplace. It's become a quick way to look up old friends, lost family members, and anyone you've just met.

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Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, privacy, online privacy, Facebook, password protection, Privacy & Reputation, Facebook privacy checkup, privacy checkup tool

Public WiFi: a Threat to Internet and Mobile Safety?

Posted by Steven Woda

September 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

For parents, the concept of protecting children has changed drastically even over the past couple of years. The popularity of smartphones has skyrocketed, making mobile and Internet safety more difficult to keep track of than ever before.

Who hasn't heard about cyberbullying, child pornography, or malware that takes control of a computer's web camera? Just a few years ago, all a parent had to do was keep track of their child's use of the family computer (or, for the lucky kids, their own computers) and possible threats were relatively easy to contain. 

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, online privacy, Internet Safety, identity theft, internet scams, online safety tips, Privacy & Reputation, child app

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

It’s Not Just You! Why Bloggers Can Help You Feel at Ease

Posted by Tim Woda

August 22, 2014 at 3:08 PM

The Internet has been revolutionary in our abilities to connect with people all over the world. We now have access to photos and videos at the click of a button, can talk to someone without seeing their face, and exchange our most personal details with strangers. This world, though diverse and often useful, can be a nightmare for parents. Especially parents of children that are just coming into their teens, discovering this big wide world of the internet all on their own.

You want to protect your child from the big scary world until they’re at least 30.

There are a couple of things you may consider doing:

  1. Ban all Internet devices in the home and outside. That means also banning your laptop and phone in case they get a hold of it.

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, blogging, communication, kids & technology, Digital Parenting Tips, Privacy & Reputation

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

Facebook Terms of Service: What Are We All "Agreeing" To?

Posted by Tim Woda

July 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

My husband Matt and I traveled to Orange County, California during this year’s terrible East coast “Snowmageddon” season.  It was sunny, warm and wonderful. When we returned to the threat of another potential snow storm (in April!), we had a text message conversation, discussing how great it would be to move to Orange County. Later that day, Matt logged into his professional social media app on his phone and noticed he had gotten job postings for Orange County. Strangely enough, when I logged into my own personal social media app, I was surprised to discover that I had received ads for real estate in Orange County.

Social media and mobile apps are moving toward predictive advertising and behavior to make our lives more convenient by alerting you about traffic congestion or items that you might want to purchase. The amount of personal data required to power these types of applications is staggering.  Companies go to great lengths and expense to create and employ the technology that powers the analytics necessary to perform this complex predictive modeling based on your data.

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Topics: social media, privacy, Facebook, laws & regulations, dangers & safety, Privacy & Reputation, terminology, Big Data, child app