The Digital Sheepdog
Thanks to our friends at Netlingo, here is a list of the top 50 Internet acronyms that every parent should know. Head over to Netlingo it is truely the Rosetta Stone for parents when it comes to decyphering Interne chat.
Top 50 Internet Acronyms Parents Need to Know:
There has been lots of healthy and heated discussion on Bill C-30 here in Canada. Many of those who disagree with the Bill, believe that it gives far too much power to the police to invade our on-line privacy in the name of child protection. …
For those who are concerned about questionable pictures that may be tagged with your name in Facebook, that could come back to haunt you when it comes to a future job or getting into a university, here's a link from Mashable.com that walks you through a step-by-step process to untag a picture, and how to set your FB security settings to prevent future tagging by others without your permission.
- Tap “Settings”
- Tap “General”
- Tap “Passcode Lock”
- Tap “Turn Passcode On”
- Enter in a four digit password
- Re-enter to confirm password
- Go to apps.
- Scroll down and tap "Settings"
- Tap "Security"
- Tap "Change Screen Lock"
Today a site called Peeked Interest (www.peekedinterest.com) was brought to my attention, and I was asked what I thought about it as an Internet and Social Media safety advocate/expert. Being unaware of this specific Social Network, I decided to do my research first.
Do Schools Have A Part To Play ?:
A group of elementary school students in Pickering Ontario in 2008 apologized for posting a video on YouTube mocking a schoolmate who had suffered a stroke. A fourteen year old student at Saskatoon’s E.D. …
What Is Cyberbullying/Digital Peer Aggression:
Cyberbullying is a form of on-line peer aggression that is delivered in a high tech way to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others emotionally, psychologically, and even physically.
What is Sexting:
Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit text messages, images, or video of yourself, usually from one cell phone or computer, to another person’s cell phone or computer. According to a survey conducted by Wired Magazine and MTV, 1/3 of youth interviewed stated that they had engaged in some form of sexting.…
A Social Network’s “Profile” or “Info” Page.....A Virtual Digital Goldmine For The Creeper
I think Social Networking is cool, never in the history of human kind have we been so connected with one another as we are today all because of this thing called Social Networking. …
Social Engineering (Human Hacking): How The Predator Gains Information:
Social Engineering is how an Internet predator will use personal information that they data harvest on-line about you, to use to their advantage for criminal, personal, sexual, or financial benefit. …
The Grooming Process and Building Rapport
Many Internet predators, especially sexual predators, will engage in a grooming process. The primary goal of the grooming process is to build rapport and make the potential target feel comfortable with him, in the hope that you will want to meet him face to face at some later time. …
Who Are They ?
When we think “Internet Predator” most will imagine someone who is preying upon our youth, utilizing technology, for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Most Internet experts agree however that there are in fact 4 categories of Internet Predators:
Today’s computer gaming has changed in recent years from a one-to-one experience, where it was you against the computer (Pac Man) or another friend connected via a joystick. Today’s on-line gaming is an interactive multiplayer experience known as:
Since 1993 when the porn industry first started to exploit the Internet for their financial gain, pornography on the Internet has grown exponentially and was estimated to be a 97 billion dollar worldwide web industry in 2010. …
Eleven Things You Can Do RIght Now To Make Surfing Safer For Your Kids
1) Ensure that you update your anti-virus and anti-malware protection. If you do not have this protection on your computers, laptops and even smartphones, you need to get some NOW !!!!!!! …
As most iDevice users know, Apple offers a video-service called "FaceTIme", that allows the user to face-to-face video conference with another apple product user (no matter who they are), as long as both are using a Wi-Fi connection. …
All I can say is WOW !!!!!!
The Digital Sheepdog
The Danger of “Cappers”
For those of us who have children who surf freely on-line, we as parents need to be aware of some of the dangers that our kids face. I have taught our Internet and Social Media Safety program to well over 50,000 students (grades 6-12) in our province, which has given me a true in-sight into what our kids are actually doing on-line.
As of March 1st 2012, Your “Google profile” will include information taken from all Google services such as Android smartphones, Gmail, Google+ and YouTube. Based on your browsing habits and even things like email conversations, Google will actively collect your information and your interests and sync it into one “profile”, or what we like to call a digital dossier, in such a way that we believe Google will be able to target you with better advertisements.…
Google Alerts is a 100% free and easy way to keep up on what people are saying about you, or your company, on-line. For parents of children who are being targetted for on-line peer aggression (cyber-bullying), this feature can also keep you up to speed on what other students are saying about your child on-line. …
Even though Internet Explorer (IE) remains to be the largest web browsers in the world that offer great parental content filtering options, both Google Chrome and Firefox are starting to gain on IE's market share. Both Chrome and FIrefox also offer a great plug-ins or add-on called "Webfilter Pro" for free, that also offers great parental content filtering options for parents that are easy to use to help protect your children from:
Cellphone Geotagging is how most cell phones are setup to invisibly tag a picture with its GPS co-ordinates to identify where it was taken in the world. Here's a great YouTube video that discusses this security challenge:
So how do we turn off the Geotagging features on our cell phones, follow this link:
Given that many of our kids now have an iPhone or iTouch, there are some security settings that parents can consider activating on their childs device:
Tap "Settings" App and select the menu called “General”.
From the General menu, scroll down to the option called “Restrictions”. …
Google offers a filtering service that they call "Safe Search Lock" , which helps minimize questionable material that might appear when your child is surfing on-line when using their search engine. Although not perfect (I was surprised to see how many questionable sites and pictures still got through) it still offers a better searching environment than when Google is used without Safe Search Lock. …
Here's a great YouTube video that will guide you through how to set up parental control on your Mac:
First, find the System Preferences icon on your desktop and click on it.
It looks like this:
Now look for “Accounts” and click that.
Here's a great YouTube video from Dummies.com on how we can set up parent controls on PC's using Windows:
To turn on Parental Controls for a standard user account
- Open Parental Controls by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel…
Just like the Wii, the XBox once connected to the Internet, allows a child to access Peer-to-peer networking. To help minimize the threats associated with peer-to-peer networking while your child is using their XBox, here's how to apply it's security settings:
Given the popularity of this gaming system, it is important to know that once your child has connected to the Internet, it also becomes a peer-to-peer communication device which means that they can talk to anyone and everyone. To help protection our children while playing on-line, here's a video that will assist it turning on the Wii's security functions;
YouTube does a pretty good job at filtering out inappropriate content, but given its dominance in the Social Media world, you are pretty well guaranteed that there may be videos that are not appropriate for kids. To help parents, Youtube offers a safety feature called "Safety Mode" that is designed to help parents filter out inappropriate video from beng viewed on a computer or even a smartphone. …
If you want the most control over who sees your/your teen’s Facebook profile.
1. From your Facebook account, click the downward facing arrow next to the “Home” button on the upper right hand corner of the screen. …
So you have found some unflattering pitures of you in Facebook that have been tagged with your name, now there is a way to untag those photo's, thus reducing the risk of them being searched.
While only 37 percent of people said they had removed their "tags" from photos, that's a 7 percent increase over 2009. …