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uKnowKids data breach update #2

Topics: Data Breach, Steve Woda

Breaking news... A uKnow database was breached by a hacker, and here are the facts as we know them right now

Topics: uKnowKids, uKnow, Data Breach, Steve Woda

Teen Dating Apps That Are Bad News

Topics: iPhone, Android, dangerous apps, social apps, Mobile Phones/Apps, Kids Apps, Steve Woda

The Selfie Culture: Should We Be Worried?

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

Is My Child Watching Pornography Online?

Topics: digital parenting, sexting, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, Teens, facts & stats, tweens, addictions, Steve Woda

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

Calculator or Hidden App? Teens Are Disguising Content With Apps

Topics: iPhone, Parental Intelligence, Android, dangerous apps, monitoring apps, spy gadgets, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, steps kids take to stop spying, Steve Woda

Kindergarten Girl Becomes Victim of Cyberbullying After Walmart Trip

Topics: cyberbullying, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, anti-cyberbullying, Photo & Image Sharing, victims of cyberbullying, Privacy & Reputation, child app, Steve Woda

Why Snapchat Should Terrify You

Topics: Snapchat, sexting, social media, Internet Safety, other social networks, most concerning for parents, Steve Woda

SMS Spy: How to Monitor Your Child's Texts On Their New Phone

Topics: texting, Parental Intelligence, Android, parental monitoring, monitoring apps, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, Steve Woda

7 Safety Rules for Video Chatting

Topics: Internet Safety, online predators, location monitoring, internet safety resources, Mobile Phones/Apps, Web Cams, child app, Steve Woda, Digital Safety for Kids

10 Things Parents Need to Know About Xbox LIVE and Kids Safety

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, For Parents, kids & technology, Social Trends, Online & Console Gaming, Steve Woda

10 Things to Teach Your Kids About Internet Safety

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, communication, online predators, positive parenting practices, Digital Parenting Tips, internet safety resources, Spying vs Engaging, Steve Woda

Global Perspective on Cyberbullying

Topics: digital parenting, cyberbullying, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, kids & technology, victims of cyberbullying, Steve Woda

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uKnowKids data breach update #2

Posted by Steven Woda

February 25, 2016 at 11:40 AM

I want to share an update regarding what we have learned over the last few days about the database vulnerability that was discovered last week and that we publicly reported on Monday February 21, 2016.

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Topics: Data Breach, Steve Woda

Breaking news... A uKnow database was breached by a hacker, and here are the facts as we know them right now

Posted by Steven Woda

February 22, 2016 at 2:01 PM

It is with significant personal regret that I share with you the news that uKnow had a private database repeatedly breached by a hacker using two different IP addresses on February 16, 2016 and February 17, 2016.

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Topics: uKnowKids, uKnow, Data Breach, Steve Woda

Teen Dating Apps That Are Bad News

Posted by Steven Woda

May 1, 2015 at 8:10 PM

The trend of using dating apps seems to become more and more mainstream each year. People of all ages are exploring their romantic options on sites like eHarmony and Match.com. The surge in the popularity of dating apps has certainly trickled down into the teen demographic. 

As you can imagine, most dating sites, including the ones specifically intended for teenagers, have their risks. Dating apps require personal information in order to generate matches, and while users are virtually searching for their soulmates, they are also unwittingly allowing access to information that anyone can use to find them.

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Topics: iPhone, Android, dangerous apps, social apps, Mobile Phones/Apps, Kids Apps, Steve Woda

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

Is My Child Watching Pornography Online?

Posted by Steven Woda

September 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

When we think of people who are consumers of online porn, we automatically picture grown adults. However, with access to pornographic sites becoming increasingly widespread, a large number of tweens and teens are believed to have viewed some kind of online porn.  

How Many Children Are Watching Porn?

Today, it's reported that at least 90 percent of kids between the ages of 8 and 16 have watched pornography online at least once. Not only have most tweens and teens seen porn, but boys ages 12 to 17 are actually the largest consumers of online pornography. With this statistic, pornography has even been compared to being the drug of choice for youth.

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Topics: digital parenting, sexting, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, Teens, facts & stats, tweens, addictions, Steve Woda

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

Calculator or Hidden App? Teens Are Disguising Content With Apps

Posted by Steven Woda

June 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

In this day and age teenagers are more tech savvy than most adults. They chat on their smartphones with their peers, download all the popular apps and are greatly familiar with their device settings. Another recent thing that a lot of teens do on their smartphones is hide pictures, messages and apps. Find out how teens are doing this and discover what you should be looking for on teens' phones.

Hiding Apps

The most popular way to hide apps or any other content on your phone is by using an app that does that. Both Apple Store and Google Play have a lot of hiding apps for download and the majority of them are free. 

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Topics: iPhone, Parental Intelligence, Android, dangerous apps, monitoring apps, spy gadgets, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, steps kids take to stop spying, Steve Woda

Kindergarten Girl Becomes Victim of Cyberbullying After Walmart Trip

Posted by Steven Woda

April 1, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Unfortunately, cyberbullies don't discriminate when it comes to the ages of their victims. Read below to learn about how a 6-year-old's trip to Walmart ended disastrously. This article was originally published on WMBF News and was written by Nikki Davidson.

SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate family is outraged and looking for answers after they say their kindergartner became the victim of cyberbullying.

The family says it all started at the Seneca Walmart, when the young girl's picture was snapped by another customer. They say the man then posted it online to social media as a joke.

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Topics: cyberbullying, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, anti-cyberbullying, Photo & Image Sharing, victims of cyberbullying, Privacy & Reputation, child app, Steve Woda

Why Snapchat Should Terrify You

Posted by Steven Woda

March 10, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Children have more ways than ever before to communicate with their friends and family. While living in the digital age has its advantages, parenting in the digital age can be a difficult and confusing process. Each day many apps are added to digital stores. Whether your child is using an iPhone, a tablet, and iPod or an Android device, he or she has access to thousands upon thousands of applications. While many of them are harmless, there are a few apps that pose a significant risk to your child. Snapchat, is one app that, on the surface, may seem innocent enough, but can be extremely harmful. 

What is Snapchat? 

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Topics: Snapchat, sexting, social media, Internet Safety, other social networks, most concerning for parents, Steve Woda

SMS Spy: How to Monitor Your Child's Texts On Their New Phone

Posted by Steven Woda

December 26, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Did your child, tween or teen get a new phone (or perhaps their first mobile phone) as a gift this year? If so, you would probably like to make sure they are using it appropriately. Since cell phones are part our every day life, of course children will want their own phone to send and receive message to their friends. There is no problem with this if you feel your child is responsible. However, if you’re worried, you can still have the authority to monitor their text messages. Text message monitoring does not make you the bad guy, its actually a helpful cause especially if you think your child is being bullied over texts or sending inappropriate things. Keep these tips in mind if you’re looking to monitor their messages.

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Topics: texting, Parental Intelligence, Android, parental monitoring, monitoring apps, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, Steve Woda

7 Safety Rules for Video Chatting

Posted by Steven Woda

September 5, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Picture your favorite person in the world. It could be your spouse, your child, a parent, or a family friend. If you could speak with this person right now, would you prefer a phone conversation or an in-person one?

Of course you'd rather see their face, their expressions, and their gestures. A phone call just doesn't compare. That's why almost 2 in 5 teens have used Skype, iChat, or GoogleTalk to video chat with others.

If your teen regularly uses a service like Skype, or if he has a social networking account (most social networks have video chatting capabilities on-site), teach them these Internet safety rules for video chatting online.

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Topics: Internet Safety, online predators, location monitoring, internet safety resources, Mobile Phones/Apps, Web Cams, child app, Steve Woda, Digital Safety for Kids

10 Things Parents Need to Know About Xbox LIVE and Kids Safety

Posted by Steven Woda

May 10, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Xbox LIVE is the online sevice for the Xbox 360. With a paid gold membership and a set of headphones, your child can play online with a community of 40 million other users worldwide.

This can be seriously awesome for the gaming enthusiast in your house, but there are 10 important things parents should know about Xbox LIVE and keeping kids safe before setting it up for their child. 

  1. It's more than just a gaming site. Xbox LIVE users can also chat with each other, send and receive friend requests, and share their profile and gaming stats.

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, For Parents, kids & technology, Social Trends, Online & Console Gaming, Steve Woda

10 Things to Teach Your Kids About Internet Safety

Posted by Steven Woda

March 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Like anything else, you need to teach your kids how to use the Internet if you expect them to use it safely and responsibly. Parental control software can be a good training tool, but eventually they need the skills to do it alone. Have you taught your children these 10 critical things about going online?

    1. If you accidentally come across something inappropriate, shut off the computer and tell an adult.

    2. Not everything you read online is true. From rumors to homework resources, no one is fact-checking the Internet for accuracy.

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, communication, online predators, positive parenting practices, Digital Parenting Tips, internet safety resources, Spying vs Engaging, Steve Woda

Global Perspective on Cyberbullying

Posted by Steven Woda

January 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Every few months, a new study is released in the United States or the U.K. giving new statistics and information regarding cyberbullying – the act of minors who threaten or harass each other (sometimes with serious consequences) using technology. But what might larger cyberbullying statistics across the globe, not just from one country, look like?

In a January 2012 survey for Reuters News, global research company Ipsos polled a total of 8,600 adults from 24 different countries to get a better feel for cyberbullying across the globe. The countries surveyed were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States of America.

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Topics: digital parenting, cyberbullying, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, kids & technology, victims of cyberbullying, Steve Woda