If your kids are anything like mine, they realize kind of late that it's time to do their holiday shopping and they like to do that shopping online. So this is a great "teachable moment" for a family conversation about smart online shopping. Here are some talking points: Don't be socially engineered. Click carefully – phishers and other scammers like to trick people into clicking on bad links … [Read more...] about E-shopping security for gift-givers of all ages
You may've heard about how the Monday after Thanksgiving tends to be the biggest online shopping day of the year. Great bargains are to be had. Therefore by definition, it's also a big day for online fraud, so somewhere between now and then, you might have a family chat about being extra alert when shopping on "Cyber Monday." MacWorld suggests that you be extra cautious about deals that are too … [Read more...] about Families, be on high alert this ‘Cyber Monday’
It's great that parents are getting the message that they can monitor their kids on Facebook by joining it, but they also need to remember that Facebook isn't the all of teen online socializing (even though it's in the news a lot!). It's just the big social utility that aggregates basically "everybody" in teens' real-world school and social lives. But there's plenty more social activity happening … [Read more...] about Parents, you’re not just focusing on FB, right?
Here's a very practical way to mark Internet Safety Month (June): free computer-security support for families. But you need to act quickly: Trend Micro will supply $100 worth of security diagnostics and advice to the first 1,000 people who sign up tomorrow (June 15) at FreeDayofSupport.com. Of course, this isn't that great if you're a longtime Norton or Kaspersky user, but it's great if you're not … [Read more...] about Short-term or long-term kid & PC security
Hey, parents, if you use and like YouTube's safety features (Safety Mode, the profanity filter for comments, and its video-rich Help section), you might post your comments below their blog post about "Celebrating Internet Safety Month." It would be interesting to get parents' views. Judging by the comments under their post, most people who have something to say about YouTube's safety features are … [Read more...] about What do you think of YouTube’s safety tools?