Online Safety

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What Your Family Needs To Know On World Password Day

As a mom, I've seen my children share everything with friends, including passwords. Hyper-sharing is part of their lives, where privacy and digital barriers are not a concern. But from an outsider's perspective -- especially a parent's -- the risks are evident. I've seen firsthand how this hyper-sharing can cause trouble when friendships end. This is one of the things that moms need to worry about today that they did not 20 years ago - keeping their children cyber safe.
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The Emotional Stages Of Free Wi-Fi

Let’s be real -- there’s nothing better than finding out a restaurant, café, or clothing store offers free Wi-Fi. Getting online quickly, easily and for free is a simple way to feel connected to our friends, coworkers, and our favourite brands. It’s the little things that make us feel valued.
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Your Password Could Be Safer -- Here's How

Growing up before the age of the internet and social networks has left many older users unaware and unprepared for risks looming in the virtual world. From that perspective, children today are lucky to have exposure to the best cybersecurity practices, such as keeping good password hygiene. For those not as familiar with the dos and don'ts, fear not -- here are the password essentials for both young and old.
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Keeping Your Kids Safe In The Digital Age

It's a scary world out there. By out there I mean the cyber world we enter every time we tweet, post, like, google or pin. I would venture to say that as a parent, it is even scarier. With the number of hours our children spend on devices these days, every click potentially opens them up to dangers that as parents we need to ensure we are protecting them from.
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7 Ways to Protect Your Personal Information With Facebook

With all the wild rumours circulating about Facebook, it's sometimes hard to know what to believe. Will we start to charge people money to use our service? No. Do you have to copy and paste that scary legal message your friends are sharing? No, that's just a good old fashioned Internet hoax. But there are a few steps you can take on Facebook to protect your personal information, and we're more than happy to share.
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How To Approach the Topic of Sexting With Your Teen

If you and your teen aren't comfortable talking about sexting, talk to them about online safety by reminding them not to share personal information online -- like their real name, age, or phone number, or any other identifying information such as where they live, or the name of their high school. This includes anything that might show up in the background of a photo. And make sure they understand that there can be a risk in talking to strangers online -- not everyone is who they might seem.
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Internet Safety Begins at Home

It's a brave new world in which we're living and digital technology has upped the ante in the parenting realm. As parents of younger children as well as tweens and adolescents, we have to take the digital world seriously. Our children's safety is at stake.
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Parents Need To Speak Up About How Kids Are Being Taught

There is absolutely no point in agreeing or disagreeing with the premier or the B.C. Teachers' Federation if we the parents don't speak up and have a voice in how our children are being taught in the 21st century. Our school has a large computer centre with its own teacher. I have NO clue what is taught there. The kids bring home printouts about "online safety," but I don't think these courses actually mention things like Facebook or Twitter.