Family Safety

What Leads a Child to Connect with Strangers Online?

At a recent ladies’ get-together, discussion about the murky world of online grooming, cyber stalking, and identity thieves found its way to our lunch table. Everyone had a story to relate about Facebook friends turning kidnappers, handsome teens in chatrooms turning out to be adult men, children revealing personal details ...

Family Safety

5 Quick Safety Hacks to Protect Your Kids Online

Being a parent in a socially networked world is likely one of the toughest challenges you will face. In the thick of this challenge, I’ve shifted my parenting approach significantly over the past several years. I’ve evolved, as many of you have witnessed on this blog, from being a panicked protector to a full-time preparer. A key shift ...

Family Safety

Location Apps: Who’s Tracking Your Kids?

  Last week we talked about the dangers that can arise with apps that allow anonymous users to interact. Equally concerning is the growing popularity of location tracking apps among teens. Designed to help moms keep track of kids, these apps serve a great purpose. However, they can be misused by teens looking ...

Family Safety

Why Snapchat is Here to Stay and Why Parents Should Care

Remember this time last year when Snapchat was this vague, phantom-like disappearing photo app? Well, in just a year’s time, Snapchat has skyrocketed to become the fastest growing app for teens. Between Snapchat and Instagram, teens are spending an unprecedented amount of time communicating with less words and more photos. ...

Family Safety

7 Tips to Help Your Teen Avoid Conflict in Group Texts

If you’ve ever had a conversation over email or text take a sudden nosedive due to miscommunication, then buckle up—you haven’t seen anything yet. Welcome to the world of group text where the possibility of a misunderstanding just multiplied—by ten. Group texting is a popular tool used by tweens and ...

Family Safety

How to Remove Unwanted Photos of Your Child Online

There’s a chance you may skip this blog post thinking to yourself: This will never happen to my child. I have a tight reign on my kids—they know better. The chances of an inappropriate photo getting circulated, is pretty much zero. To which I would promptly administer this two-step reality check: • The ...

Consumer

Safer Internet Day – What Are You Doing To Stay Safe Online?

If there was ever a reminder to make sure we are playing it safe online then it’s Safer Internet Day. Held this year on Tuesday 10th February, this internationally recognised day is a great way of ensuring we are all up to date with emerging online issues.   In 2015, Safe ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Youth & Social Media

The digital world is here to stay. The youth are growing up with and making internet technologies, such as social networking sites, an integral part of their lives. They want to know; share and be heard. They can connect with people who appeal to them; share views and photos instantly; ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Nude Celebrity Photo Dump Has Many Asking What Happened

Hundreds of private photos belonging to several high-profile Hollywood actresses were posted online this past weekend. They are explicit in nature, and were not intended to be seen by the public. But they have been. The question, now, is how did this happen? The details of the hackings haven’t been ...

Family Safety

Are Your Kids Using Decoy Apps to Hide Photos, Videos?

Wouldn’t it be convenient if the dangers heading toward our kids had neon signs pointing to them? Unfortunately, that’s not the way things work and, more often than not, the dangers are camouflaged, sometimes intentionally. While it’s normal for kids to have secrets, when you add technology to the mix, there ...

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