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TV Boss – Ratings Information

12 Apr

Do you know the parental TV ratings? Each time a TV show begins the symbol flashes in the corner to help you to determine if a program is suitable for your child. Below are the current TV ratings. Also below are a few tips from the website regarding curbing your TV viewing habits.

TV Ratings

  • TY-Y - All Children
  • TV-Y7 - Directed to Older Children
  • TV-Y7-FV - Directed to Older Children
  • TV-G - General Audience
  • TV-PG - Parental Guidance Suggested
  • TV-14 - Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • TV-MA - Mature Audience Only

Household TV Viewing Habits

  • Lay the Groundwork
  • Choose Age-Appropiate Programs
  • Watch TV Together
  • Teach Responsible Viewing
  • Be a Good Role Model

http://www.thetvboss.org/

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LinkedIn Safety

29 Sep

I found this informative video that LinkedIn posted regarding safety on their social network. As Leading Hands Through Technology has repeatedly stressed, the best way to use social media is to continually monitor your digital footprint. LinkedIn is referred to as the business professionals network and as the go-to resource for career building. My rule of thumb is to only connect with people that I have personally met or exchanged a business card.

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Tile App

21 Sep

Never lose anything again. The site says, “Just attach, stick or drop your Tile into any item you might lose: laptops, wallets, keys, guitars, bikes—you name it. Then get on with the fun.” You can pre-order you Tile now for $18.95 USD.

Tile App

  • Tiles last one year
  • Emits a sound so you can hear it
  • Saves last GPS location of tile
  • No batteries needed

How will this work with people privacy? Are you concerned? Will you buy this app?

http://www.thetileapp.com/

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How Secure Is Your Smartphone?

29 Jun

In a recent study by NQ, your smartphone could be at risk from a malware infection. According to the study, 58% of young smartphone users from the ages of 13 to 17 have been attacked from 2011 to 2012. The study highlights the top four ways your phone can be attacked: VDloader, DDSpy, Fireleaker or DyPusher.

  • VDloader is a malware that is run as a client on an Android device and then requested interaction with a remote server. Generally you get infected via a text message, so be on the look for suspicious texts.
  • FireLeaker is malware was disguised as a widget and hidden from view but
  • could collect device specific information. You can get this via clicking on a link by browsing or in a text message.
  • DDSpy is disguised itself as Gmail and ran silently in the background. It showed no icon and hid itself in the app list, communicating with its command and control server via SMS. This was discovered as a client-side Trojan malware.
  • DyPusher is capable of uploading device specific information as well as dynamically downloading files and apps without the user’s consent, thereby causing loss of privacy and potential bill shock.

Install security apps on your phone to detect malware – Android and iPhone.

The Mobile Data Security Study
http://www.nq.com/2012_NQ_Mobile_Security_Report.pdf

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Disney Commonsense

15 Apr

The Disney Channel recently has issued a public service announcement from it’s current lineup of stars about being smart online. When you surf online, there are rules of the road and knowing those rules will help you navigate at a heightened awareness. Four short videos entitled: “Stand Up”, “When I Was Bullyied”, “Think Before You Send” and “Rules of the Road” help you get on the path to online safety.

http://www.Disney.com/commonsense

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Is Your Facebook Tagging Privacy Set Up?

2 Nov

When people are tagging you in Facebook photos, are approving your tags? Did you know you can change the default setting in Facebook so you can gate when you get tagged? Below is a link to Facebook help on how to turn on Timeline review.

What is a tag? A tag is when another Facebook user sees you in a photo and adds your name associated to that photo. Have you been tagged?

How to turn on Facebook Timeline Review
http://facebook.com/help/305616252858012

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We Know What You’re Doing

27 Jun

Who wants to get fired? Who’s hung over? Who’s taking drugs? Who’s got a new phone number? Callum Haywood created an experiment to pull down public Facebook statuses, Foursquare location updates, Facebook checkins and contact information changes. He is calling his social experiment “We Know What You’re Doing”.

If you think your status exclaiming what you did last night is private, think again! This website pulls down your status updates and shows them to the world. The rule of thumb is that anything you post to the Internet will be there forever.

http://www.weknowwhatyouredoing.com/

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Teen Driver Tips: 8 Step Guide for Parents

19 Jun

Practice is the key being the best in anything. I found an 8-step guide to help parents succeed as a driving coach. It’s an easy-to-follow guide geared for parents to help train teens to be safe, focused drivers.

Texting and driving is statically a huge threat on the roads and teens are a rising part of culprits. This guide will help address how to gear your teen with safe driving habits.

Download 8 Step Guide (PDF)

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Choose My Plate

20 Apr

Are you looking for an interactive way to eat healthier? Have you been wondering where do I start down the path of a balanced diet? If so, you need to discover Choose My Plate. The new site was rolled out to inspire a healthy conscious by the United States Department of Agriculture and promoted with first lady Michelle Obama .

For example, here a tip of the day. The website says, “One way to make half your grains whole is to read the ingredient labels on food packages and choose foods with “whole” in the grain or flour name of the first 3 ingredients.” Whether you are a teacher or a parent, this website has some great tips! Start eating better today.

Choose My Plate features:

  • Fruits & Veggies Video Contest
  • Healthy Eating on a Budget
  • Game: Blast Off My Planet
  • SuperTracker
  • 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series
  • Sample Menus and Recipes
  • Dietary Guidelines
  • Partnering Program

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

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Internet Safety Day 2012

7 Feb

Safer Internet Day is celebrated on the second day of the second week of the second month of the year. Safer Internet Day (SID) takes place today on Tuesday 7 February 2012 and is centered around the theme Connecting generations and educating each other.

You can order a SID kit for your school by going to saferinternet.org. It will contain information about SID, promotional materials, suggested learning and awareness activities as well as eSafety resources.

Be safe online!

http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/safer-internet-day

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