Tag Archives: Cybersafety

Texting While Driving Kills: Show your Teens this Screenshot!

Charlie White, senior editor for mashable, posted the photo above as a graphic reminder of the consequences of texting while driving.  He notes, the unfinished text, that was never sent, was typed by 22-year-old Alexander Heit as he was driving through … Continue reading

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Sexting v Child Pornography

When three US high school students from Virginia made mobile phone videos of drunken sex acts with fellow teens and shared them among themselves, they ended up in court last week facing charges usually reserved for adult predators: child pornography, … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Teens – Keeping you in the Picture

A 2012 Report conducted by independent research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres, and commissioned by mcafeecybered.com   found that almost 80% of parents said they are having conversations with their teens about their online activities however… 66.5% of teens said their parents … Continue reading

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Rate Me Instagram! Instant Online Beauty Contests.

According to the Washington Post, the latest craze involves young girls around the ages of  12 to 13 posting photos of themselves and asking the sadly popular Internet question: “Hot or not?” The Post goes on to say that, ‘A quick look at … Continue reading

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Have you Googled your Child’s Name?

Not many know that as well as teaching Literature I also dabble in teaching Year 7 Multimedia. One lesson I teach is a Digital Reputation class.  I start by ‘googling’ my own name and showing the class what is on the internet about me.  We talk about how they … Continue reading

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Mum, Dad – Do you know if your child is on Kik Messenger?

What is Kik?  Is your child on it?  Do you know who your child can contact and who can contact your child?  You need to! Most parents think that their child needs a mobile to text, send and receive pictures. They feel safe in … Continue reading

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Spring Clean Facebook……Chores for the Modern Teen!

We all know that teens can ‘post’ without thinking.  Soon many who are turning 15 or above will be  searching for a part time job.  Some well-known companies ask applicants to log in to their Facebook page as part of the interview … Continue reading

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Top Ten Email Scammer Tips

Some parents allow children, as young as 5 or 6 to hold an email account.  The list below, of the many scams that prey on email users, helps to explain why most email providers expect account holders to be 13 and over. To keep them cyber safe, … Continue reading

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:) Like what you Hate! :( What is Hater?

Yet another new App was launched last week.  It looks a lot like Instagram. You can take a picture or upload a photo from your phone, share it with a caption, and view and respond to other posts from the Hater community. … Continue reading

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What is Keek? 40 year olds watching 11 year olds!

The dangers: This girl is Australian, the man in this picture lives in the U.S and doesn’t appear to be related to her and yet is subscribed to all her video updates What is most concerning about this App is … Continue reading

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Instagram is the New Black with Tweens!

Just as parents seem to have finally got the message that their child should be off Facebook until 13 or be heavily monitored, Tweens have hijacked Instagram. The explosion of iPod Touches, iPads and the iPhone 5 (the tweens and teens get the hand … Continue reading

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iTunes Card +Tweens +/-Teens = Caution

I got a little bit trashed last night, night I got a little bit wasted, yeah yeah I got a little bit mashed last night, night I got a little shhh faced it, yeah yeah ‘Hangover’ by Taio Cruz Do … Continue reading

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Vinepeek is Addictive. What is it?

Vinepeek is an endless stream of six-second videos (called Vines) filmed by thousands of random people all over the world and uploaded on Twitters’ new video sharing platform called Vine. While most ‘vines’ are harmless some are not. The Vinepeek … Continue reading

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What is Vine? Your Teens will be Twittering about It!

On Thursday Vine exploded onto the Social Media scene. It is an App that connects with Twitter. Fundamentally, Vine lets you make and share six-second video clips. It is easy to use and videos can be made straight from your … Continue reading

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See what a Digital Footprint can Reveal! Scary!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7pYHN9iC9I&feature=youtu.be

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