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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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Getting Cozi (Review): Organizing A Growing Family, Digitally

19 Apr

I am fortunate enough to have young kids, ages 4 (Luke, soon to be 5 by the end of April), 3 (Caleb), and 5 months (Hannah… or “Babes” as Luke calls her). I love my growing family! And the larger my family grows, the busier I seem to get.

It’s become clear to me that as busy as I think I am right now with family activities, I’ve only reached the tip of the iceberg. My oldest is in pre-school 3 times a week, karate 2 times a week, and starts all-day Kindergarten in the Fall (and I’ve heard a rumor about soccer in the Fall, too). Caleb starts pre-school next year, and Hannah will be right on his heels.

I reflected on this growing challenge one Saturday morning with my wife, Tara. She suggested we find some way to organize a family calendar, digitally. Enter, Cozi (http://www.cozi.com/).

Cozi organizes your family life into 4 sections:

  • Calendar
  • To Do Lists
  • Shopping
  • Journal

Family Calendar Feature
The calendar is easily the best thing about Cozi. You can assign each person in your family a color code, then build out the calendar as you would in Outlook or Google Calendar, only with events color coded for who is involved. Recurrence is setup (just like Outlook), making it easy to populate your calendar quickly and thoroughly.

There is a single, linear view for the calendar (scroll up and down), which honestly makes it easy to navigate, even though it has no view or navigation variety. It is also easy to organize the calendar by individual.

Family To Do Lists Feature
It’s easy to organize several To Do lists for each individual setup in the calendar. For example, when my wife and I visit her parents each Sunday I have a checklist I can go by to make sure I don’t forget to bring anything important. You can also have shared To Do lists, and lists for individuals.

Family Shopping List Feature
This works exactly the same as the To Do list feature, complete with the ability to email a list to anyone.

Family Journal Feature
The idea of this feature is nice, but it’s not something I use much. Without the ability to socially share the funny story Caleb told, or the fact that Luke just broke a board at karate, or the cute picture of Hannah, it’s a bit cumbersome and unnecessary.

Best Feature
Organizing the calendar by individual makes it easy to see who is busy and who can help!

Biggest Bummer
Push notifications are not yet setup. I use the app on my iPhone 100% of the time. Preferably, I’d like to receive calendar notifications like I do from iCal, with just a couple of the important notes about the event pushed through as a reminder.

The app does allow for email and text message notifications, but the convenience of receiving push notifications is a big miss.

Overall Score: 8/10

Bottom Line on Cozi
The developers have correctly identified 4 primary areas of a family’s life that are in need of organization and coordination. But more features can be added to make Cozi even better. For example, the Shopping Lists can be evolved on the model of Grocery IQ, while the Journal could allow for social sharing (or allow you to toggle that feature off, depending on your family’s feelings about privacy on the web).

If you have a hectic family schedule, Cozi can help organize it for you. It’s easy enough for the entire family to use and free of charge, but not yet feature rich. Let’s cross our fingers in hopes the developers will ramp up soon!

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Parents Poll: Your Kids Internet Usage

29 Dec

How involved are you with your children’s online viewing habits? Are you engaged when it comes to their Internet activity? Are you checking their smart phones routinely? Are you monitoring what sites they are surfing? Are you intimated and don’t know where to start? Do you not feel you need to review their usage? How can you turn over a new leaf in 2012?

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Social Networking Safety Tips

19 Apr

I stumbled upon this site the other day and discovered some sound tips. Here are tips for helping your kids use social networking sites safely:

  • Understand what information should be private.
  • Only post information you are comfortable others seeing.
  • Use privacy settings to restrict who can access info.
  • Once information is online it can not be erased.
  • Avoid sex talk online.
  • Trust their gut if they have suspicions. Tell you if something online is uncomfortable.

https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/protecting-childrens-privacy/

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Tools for Texting Teens and their Parents

1 Jan

Families.com blogger Stephanie Romero recently did an in depth report on “Tools for Texting Teens and Their Parents” with celebrity, author, and psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy. He articulates that, “Parenting begins with you. Not your child. You.”

When it comes to teens and texting, be aware of your parental responsibilities:
1. Keep tabs on their behavior.
2. Educate yourself about the risks.
3. Set limits with your teens.
4. Keep an open dialogue with your teen.

Watch the interview

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Parry Aftab Privacy Lawyer

10 Nov

According to her website, “Parry Aftab is one of the leading experts, worldwide, on cybercrime, internet privacy and cyber-abuse issues. Kids used to pass notes around the class, now they are putting it on pages with 500 million users.” I have been following Parry for a few weeks and her insight into online self-defense is honest and professional.

http://www.aftab.com/

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Risks of Parenting While Online

24 Jul

I just read a recent New York Times article by Julie Scelfo discussed how adults” use of technology is affecting their children. The concern for years has been centered on the fact that technology is negatively impacting children because of their use, but what about their parents use?

Parents that are constantly online while at home are talking to their children less. Parents attention spans are furthermore reduced. These factors plus a few others are impacting their children negatively, so as parent you need to make a decision.

I just recently heard a woman call in a radio show and say that she is addicted to a game on the iPhone called “Angry Birds”. It really looks like fun, but even I was hesitant to download it so I don”t fall into this pattern. Is there a balance or do you need to quit being online for long periods of time while your kids are up?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/garden/10childtech.html

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Are You A Rookie Mom?

26 Dec

The other day I came across a website that offers parenting advice from a mother’s perspective. The site features two spunky moms that share their real life experiences with you.

The website says, “This website attempts to answer the question of what to do with a new baby (and what to do with your SELF) every day. For those days when you have trouble dragging your butt out of bed because you don’t know what you’d do, we have ideas. We started this site to share our own good new mommy ideas with each other and our friends. We invite you to share your ideas with us too.”

http://www.rookiemoms.com/

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Online College Courses for Half Price

13 Nov

Thinking of going to college, but you can’t afford it? In the olden days you would go to your local community college, take a few courses and then later transfer to a state school. Buruck Smith wanted to offer college students an affordable, easy online alternative to taking required classes. Now you can take a handful of classes online at Straighterline for as little as $399 a class.

What is it?
StraighterLine provides high quality, better supported, and lower cost required college courses – online, on your schedule. You can knock out your required courses and earn real college credits that give you a head start on your degree.

What are the drawbacks?

  • Learning online is a different animal
  • Class content could vary
  • Need online access

Why not take your introductory classes online for a fraction of the cost?
http://straighterline.com/

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4 Parents

6 Nov

The U.S. government recently launched a new website geared toward advising parents on sex education for preteens. Uncle Sam’s message is to openly talk to tweens about sex and not to avoid the topic. It seems as though the core of the effort is to preach abstinence.

How do you feel about this campaign?

http://4parents.gov

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