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5 Ways to Safeguard Your Child’s Instagram Bio

It’s a small loophole but one that definitely poses a threat to your child’s online safety. While your child is able set her Instagram account settings to private and only accept “followers” and “friends” she knows, her Instagram bio is still public by default and short of deleting it altogether, there’s no way to hide it. Read more…

What Are the Risks of Geo-Location?

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Using your mobile’s built-in global positioning system (GPS) functionality allows location-based services (or geo-location) to locate and publish information about your whereabouts. Applications like Foursquare, Facebook and Yelp allow you to “check in” at places using your mobile phone, and then share your location with friends or on social networks. The application knows where you Read more…

Back to School Prep for Parents: Start With The 3 C’s

Since summer vacation is coming to an end, I am bracing myself for all the new things my two girls will be doing, plus the new activities and connections us parents add to our crazy lives these days.  As we pick out first day dresses and get our pencils sharpened, this is the perfect time for Read more…

The Dilemma of Anonymity and Dangers of Ask.fm

Anonymity affords a precarious, irresistible power to teens online. Ask.fm is one app that’s exploding in popularity by allowing users to ask and answer questions to one another anonymously. While Ask.fm is used by many teens as a digital playground to flirt and just have fun (and confess crushes), the lack of a name or Read more…

Online Stalking: Jargon or Not, It’s No Laughing Matter

Somehow the word ‘stalking’ has folded into the teen (and even adult) vernacular to mean someone who is annoying on social media but really isn’t a threat. ‘Stalker’ has gradually become more of a lighthearted term to describe someone online who pays ‘extra special’ attention to your social profiles and at worst, is annoying. Its Read more…

Cheating and Bullying: It’s a Bigger Problem than You Think!

The whole purpose of your “youth” is to grow and learn. It’s time to take in lots of information, so ultimately they can evolve, accomplish, and get ahead. However the pressure to grow and climb the ladder of life often leads to unwanted behaviors and actions that lead to significant negative consequences. And with everyone Read more…

5 (Kind) Reminders for Overly Nosy Parents

Last night I sat next to my teenage son as he played video games. It did not take long before I was abruptly reminded that he and I may look like fellow humans but we are definitely from two very different planets. I also learned that there’s a possibility that at times I may (stress Read more…

Making It Cool to Be a ‘Good Digital Citizen’

If you are a parent today, you are among the first generation of adults tasked with raising good digital citizens. And while learning to be a  “good digital citizen” is a hot topic in education circles have you noticed that it’s quickly demoted to “goofy” when you attempt to talk about it at the dinner Read more…

Wearing My Super Hero Cape to Work: McAfee reaches 100,000 Kids through Online Safety for Kids Program

We have a saying here at McAfee, “Safe Never Sleeps”. What this means to us, is that we work around the clock to keep the world safe from the bad guys. What this means to you, is that in this rapidly moving technological world, you have somebody to trust – a team of people to Read more…

Q&A: What is ‘Path’ and Is It Safe for My Child?

Q: I overheard my son telling his friend to message him on Path. What is Path and should I be concerned? A: Good question and hats off to you for paying attention to what your kids are doing online. Path is a new(er) social network app specifically designed for smart phones. It allows users to keep Read more…