October 2nd, 2019

Microsoft recently revealed a new security flaw in its Internet Explorer. Some say it’s high time to ditch the browser altogether in favor of more secure options. In a statement, the company warns, “An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user.” “Sure, there’s a wonky fix available, but you have to do it manually,” writes Mashable’s Jack… Continue reading >

September 24th, 2019

Facebook has suspended a vast swath of apps from its platform, citing privacy concerns, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The tech giant has been roundly criticized for its policies relating to the collection and dissemination of personal data and was fined $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for mishandling users’ information. Millions of apps developed for Facebook are under review. Continue reading >

May 16th, 2019

A prompt to restart your computer or phone for a software update usually leads to a groan and a vow to do it later. And then later comes and you…vow to do it later, again. Here’s a tip: Do it now, not later. The reason for updates (yes, they’re tedious) has a lot to do with the current state of digital defenses and making sure all users and their… Continue reading >

April 18th, 2019

Children are spending a lot of time in front of a digital screen these days. On average: seven hours a day among kids age 8 to 18. Screen time recommendations vary among health advocates, but no one suggests staring at a screen for nearly a full workday is good for anyone, let alone nine-year-olds. What do we know about the effects of gazing at the glow? How can we mitigate the risks? Continue reading >

April 9th, 2019

And that’s not a good thing. If your children own or are allowed to use a smartphone, chances are good that they have installed the Snapchat app to communicate with their friends. Indeed, Snapchat is among the top five social media apps used by children, according to a report from ABC. Often, it’s merely a fun diversion. But sometimes, there are risks. Continue reading >

March 26th, 2019

When the Internet was newer, people used to joke about the most serious users being able to browse so long that some day they would actually reach the end. It wasn’t actually possible then, and it’s way less possible now. There are more pages, and the scrolling is endless. By design. The term is Infinite Scroll, which describes a page-design technique and a Javascript tool that allows a site to keep feeding and… Continue reading >

March 18th, 2019

Lexie Kite, PhD, explains in detail the pitfalls of letting girls on Instagram. While this article on BeautyRedefined.org focuses on middle school and high school aged girls, it also demonstrates how it can be bad for boys as well. The inherent message in Instagram is that your value resides in your appearance. For developing brains who are creating their identities, this… Continue reading >

March 20th, 2019

This One Zero article on Medium explores a new math game, Prodigy, that bills itself as both an education and fun. The creators see themselves as competing with Fortnite, and teachers and parents like that it teaches the children math. Gamifying education isn’t a new idea, think Oregon Trail or Carmen Sandiego, but having hidden purchases available is. Jeff Wise explores this idea in his article, “ Continue reading >

March 24th, 2019

Modern gaming revolves around online connectivity. Without it, playing games like Animal Jam and Fortnite is impossible. Although these games claim to be “free” to play online, there’s always a price to pay for this level of access. And in the case of onilne gaming, that price is a wealth of personal information that’s made available to gaming companies. Downloading a mobile game typically prompts a series of requests for “permissions.” These have become… Continue reading >

March 26th, 2019

Bullying is no longer a face-to-face occurrence. In 2017, more than 14.9 percent of high school students experienced some form of cyberbullying. And that number will only increase. With smartphones and computers accessible at all times, it’s easy for children to fall victim to bullying both at school and at home. And what’s worse is parents and teachers often don’t know it’s happening. Protecting your children is always a top… Continue reading >
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