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Should You Be Concerned About WiFi in Schools?

Wifi in Schools

I know that the safety of my family’s exposure to Wifi at home is something I think about a lot— I imagine us all sleeping through the night, radiation swirling around our heads, and wonder if it’s causing harm. Now it’s not just our home time that could be putting us in harm’s way: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop ran an article about how WiFi in schools could be affecting their health in horrible ways. Our home routers aren’t nearly as strong as the routers and Wireless Access Points that a school requires…

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Who thinks Waze is Dangerous?

Using Waze Safely

Binnnnng! You glance down at your phone where Waze, the traffic-outsmarting GPS app, is charting your course. “You just got a road goodie!” the screen says. Wondering what that is, you narrowly miss your next turn into an unmarked street. You look to the phone again, trying to figure out where to go, and instead see an ad for fast food. You impatiently tap the screen to make it vanish, fumbling a little as you drive with your one free hand. Aaaand, now you’re lost (and an accident waiting to happen,…

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Worried about online privacy? A VPN helps you go incognito online

F-Secure Freedome

Hey, let’s play a game: I’ll hand out copies of your bank balance to all your officemates! After that, I’ll train a camera on your closet, and then post some pictures of you getting dressed! Oh, hey, and maybe later I’ll read your diary on Periscope. What a fun day we’ll have! I’m guessing you don’t think that sounds like a good time. And yet it’s just like what’s happening to each of us every day. Our Google searches, emails,…

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The End of Screen Time Wars?

Manage Screen Time

Parenting in the digital age involves a whole new layer of supervision, education and good ol’-fashioned snooping. Kids left unsupervised on devices can get into all kinds of trouble to be sure, but they also need help building their balance muscle— how to manage screen time so they can grown up to be healthy, happy adults (I write this as I clutch my mobile phone, laptop in my lap, iPad at arms reach— hey, don’t do as I do, kids). Of course, most kids…

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5 Ways to Prevent Package Theft

package theft

If you went a bit bananas on Cyber Monday like I did, or if you’re just more inclined to do your holiday shopping online than in stores, then your front door is going to be a nice warm spot for many a package for the next couple weeks. Receiving goodies on the daily can be thrilling, but it can also make you a target for thieves— in fact, this time of year there’s a big uptick in “porch pirates”— jerks who follow UPS…

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6 Ways to Keep Your Kids’ Online Identity Safe

keeping kids safe online

I’ve invited Cassie Phillips from Secure Thoughts to write a post this week about protecting our kids’ identity online. It’s such an important topic for all of us, but especially our kids, and I’m glad to have help navigating the minefield that is keeping our kids’ information private online. Take it away Cassie! We’ve all seen it before: children, sometimes less than 5 years old, flicking away on a tablet. Elementary school children use computers to assist their learning and…

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