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The Apps Teens Use: How to start a dialogue

The Apps Teens Use: How to start a dialogue

There is a lot of advice out there about how parents should handle their kids’ online lives. I have read articles advocating that parents should have every password for every one of their kid’s apps and check them often. I have seen people who advocate a completely hands-off approach. My philosophy lies in the middle: allow kids to develop independent lives but ensure we are

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Sharenting: 5 tips to keeps your kids safe

Sharenting: 5 tips to keeps your kids safe

Of all the jobs I have ever had, by far the most difficult, confusing, exhausting AND rewarding is as parent.  Since it is often all consuming, it helps to be able to share the daily challenges and victories with others who can sympathize and who appreciate your pain or your pride. The term “sharenting” was created to describe the burgeoning

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Going Incognito: 4 ways to limit being tracked online

Going Incognito: 4 ways to limit being tracked online

Every time you go online you add to your digital footprint, or binary tattoo. The information collected is made up of what you enter online (likes, comments, posts), your behaviour (what sites you visit, how you interact with them) and what inferences companies can make based on the first two pieces of data. This data is used to target ads and make marketing decisions.

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Disney: The new model for Big Data

Disney: The new model for Big Data

Earlier this year I had the privilege of visiting Disney World in Orlando with my family – or maybe the word ‘privilege’ depends on how much I like to stand in long lines. Either way, we booked our hotel and plane tickets two months in advance. For other trips, we’d probably be done until departure, but not Disney. Shortly after booking I

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Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

The great thing about the internet is that anyone can use it, even with limited resources. The troubling thing about the internet is that anyone can use it, even with limited rules on conduct and behaviour. Your identity online should be an extension of who you are in real life. Unfortunately, when you remove the face-to-face contact, some of the

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The Allure and Risk of Anonymous Social Networks

The Allure and Risk of Anonymous Social Networks

There is something about anonymity that gives people a sense of freedom; The ability to speak freely without being judged by people we see everyday. Given the number of new networks that support anonymous participation, there is clearly a need for it. In the long run, are these networks helpful or harmful? A bit of both. Helpful: allows people to

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Why You Need a Family Device Contract

Why You Need a Family Device Contract

When you get a new job, you sign a contract. When you rent or buy a house, you sign a contract. In fact, any time two or more parties enter into an agreement with a lot of rules, it seems like a good idea to have a contract so that everyone is on the same page. Why not then create

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Signing In Using Social Media Logins

Signing In Using Social Media Logins

 If you are like me, you have more online accounts and passwords than you can possibly remember. Every website seems to require a login. When you find yourself needing to sign up for the 59th time, it can be quite exhilarating to be offered the ability to sign on using Facebook, LinkedIn or another network you already have. This seems perfect!

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The Rise of Online Healthcare Networks

The Rise of Online Healthcare Networks

The last time you or a loved one was ill, where did you turn first to better understand their illness? Most people will answer: the internet. In fact, more than 85% of people with online access will seek health advice on the web. Why? Because the resources are endless, easily searched, and always available. But it is not just patients

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Facebook Policies 2015: What you need to know

Facebook Policies 2015: What you need to know

As of January 1st, 2015, Facebook has restructured their polices. More importantly, they have also restructured the way they present them to the user. If you are a Facebook user, here is what you need to know. **Pay special attention to the last section.** 1. Agreeing to the Terms and Conditions When you initially sign on for a service, you

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