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Category: Mobile Safety

How to Set Parental Controls on Kindle Fire HD

How to Set Parental Controls on Kindle Fire HD

| April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Amazon’s Kindle isn’t just for reading your favorite author’s newest novel anymore. The new Kindle Fire HD can do anything a laptop or tablet can do. This means, if you have children who use the Kindle, you should know how to enable its parental control settings so that your child can have an age-appropriate experience. […]

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iOS 7 Parental Controls iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch

iOS 7 Parental Controls iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch

| April 2, 2014 | Comments (2)

If you’re considering buying your child an iOS device or have already given them one, consider enabling some, or all, of the Parental Controls so that your child can have an age-appropriate experience. The iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch are all amazing devices, yet they don’t come out-of-the box family-friendly ready, which they need to […]

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How to Prevent Your iPhone From Being Hacked And What To Do If It Has

| February 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

Your iPhone Can be Hacked According to this USA Today article, if you’ve used someone else’s charger it’s quite possible that your iPhone could have been hacked. That means another individual or organization may have gained access to your texts, emails, search history, passwords or even your data plan. According to Georgia Tech research scientists, […]

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10 Tips for Safe Online Shopping This Holiday Season

10 Tips for Safe Online Shopping This Holiday Season

| December 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season for Internet scams! Below are 10 things to keep in mind as you hunt for those online deals this holiday season. Ignore suspicious offers via email: Three out of four spam attachments are malicious in nature. The keyword here is ignore, because opening one of these emails can be just as bad as […]

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How to Set Up Safe Web Browsing on iOS7

How to Set Up Safe Web Browsing on iOS7

| October 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

If you subscribe to Yoursphere for Parents, then you know how much I advocate for Apple products in your home (and mine!) I’ve written time and time again about the parental controls that Apple offers through the Restriction settings of the iPhone, iPod and iPad. These have always been great tools for helping your child […]

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Your Smartphone is Your Vehicle, but are You a Responsible Driver?

Your Smartphone is Your Vehicle, but are You a Responsible Driver?

| September 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

This article was written by mspy.com. The power of the internet and proliferation of mobile devices have been changing the way we do things.  Young people have always been the frontrunners of the new, creating digital trends and embracing technologies to communicate, learn, create and now….to commute as well.  Cyber hitch-hiking is gaining momentum among […]

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What is Omegle? Everything Parents Need to Know

What is Omegle? Everything Parents Need to Know

| August 8, 2013 | Comments (1)

The idea behind Omegle is very simple: chat with strangers online. This is a familiar concept for anyone who’s heard of Chatroulette. And like Chatroulette, people use Omegle for one of three reasons: to meet new people with similar interests, to get a kick from some of the absurd and random things you’ll see people […]

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How to Set Netflix Parental Controls

| July 25, 2013 | Comments (15)

Parents, if your family’s like mine, then they enjoy Netflix at home and on-the-go. While there are a number of quality shows, and a section devoted specifically to kids, know that your child or younger teen can still access adult content, some of which is rated TV-MA. The great thing about Netflix is they make it […]

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Keep Your Computer Safe From Wi-Fi Criminals

Keep Your Computer Safe From Wi-Fi Criminals

| July 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

When you’re traveling with your family this summer, the last thing you want to have to do is look over your shoulder constantly to fend against fraud or identity theft. While the portability of a tablet or laptop is very convenient, before you connect with that public Wi-Fi network, be aware that it could be teeming […]

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Vine – What It Is and What Parents Need to Know

Vine – What It Is and What Parents Need to Know

| June 6, 2013 | Comments (5)

Vine, Twitter’s micro-video app that was launched in late January 2013, let’s people record and share six-second video clips on an endless loop (example). A quick visit to the Vine feed shows the true potential of the app, and how a six-second looping video clip can be used to create and share really, really cool […]

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Five Apps that Help Prevent Texting While Driving

Five Apps that Help Prevent Texting While Driving

| May 29, 2013 | Comments (6)

In the wake of Savannah Nash’s tragic death, it’s important that more parents become more aware of the solutions that are available to help prevent texting while driving. It’s no secret, most people on the road are too distracted by their phones, but for young teens who essentially live their lives through their smartphone, the […]

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4 Security Precautions to Take Before Using Public Wi-Fi

4 Security Precautions to Take Before Using Public Wi-Fi

| May 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

This is a guest article by Jessica Salt. Using public Wi-Fi automatically introduces security threats that rarely exist on private networks. If you have to use a public network, then follow these safety precautions to keep your information secure. Only Use Encrypted Websites Anyone with some basic hacking experience can steal information from other computers […]

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How to Prevent Mobile Phone Cyberbullying - Know the Warning Signs and What to Do

How to Prevent Mobile Phone Cyberbullying – Know the Warning Signs and What to Do

| May 1, 2013 | Comments (1)

This is a guest editorial by McAfee. While bullying is nothing new, online bullying has taken this torment to a new level.  Public threats, taunts and nasty comments can all be linked to and shared in an instant, and mobile phones make it all easier. In fact, cyberbullying is so common that over one in […]

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How to Delete Your Child’s Instagram Account

How to Delete Your Child’s Instagram Account

| April 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

There are many reasons you might want to delete your child’s Instagram account. For starters, Instagram’s Terms of Service requires that a member be at least 13 years of age to join, so if your child (12 and under) has an account, they’ve obviously lied about their age. But beyond that, your child could be […]

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Everything Parents Need to Know About the iPod Touch

Everything Parents Need to Know About the iPod Touch

| March 13, 2013 | Comments (1)

The iPod Touch is a great device that can be used to help ease children into smartphone ownership. It has the same touch based interface and operating system as the iPhone, but without the ability to access data anywhere, and as a result the iPod Touch has less of the headaches associated with smartphone ownership. […]

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Kik – What It Is and What Parents Need to Know

Kik – What It Is and What Parents Need to Know

| February 19, 2013 | Comments (14)

Parents are concerned about sexting – and rightfully so. But as a result of that concern, I believe there’s also a heightened sense of awareness among parents. I get emails from parents every day, asking how to prevent their child from downloading certain apps, and what’s the best way to monitor what their child is […]

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How to Find Age-Appropriate Apps for Your Kids

How to Find Age-Appropriate Apps for Your Kids

| February 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

A big question that parents want answered is: How do I find age-appropriate apps for my kids? There are rating systems for movies (MPAA) and video games (ESRB), which are great tools for parents when deciding if the content is appropriate for their child, but there still isn’t a universal rating system for mobile applications. […]

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K9 Web Protection Review

K9 Web Protection Review

| October 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

K9 Web Protection is a free Internet monitoring software program from Blue Coat that allows parents to log Internet activity, block websites, place time restrictions on Internet use, and make search engines safe for children by forcing “Safe Search”. Because K9 is free, you can use it in conjunction with Windows or Mac parental settings, […]

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Mamabear Parental Monitoring App Review

Mamabear Parental Monitoring App Review

| October 2, 2012 | Comments (1)

Parental monitoring solutions are essential in this day and age. Computers, smartphones, satellites and massive data networks have made this process easier and more convenient (and some cases more challenging) than we could have ever imagined. As our children grow up and begin socializing online and in real life, we begin to realize the value […]

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Three Ways to Keep Tabs on Your Child’s Online Activity

Three Ways to Keep Tabs on Your Child’s Online Activity

| September 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

A recent Los Angeles survey on sexting found that “LA teens who had sent racy texts were seven times more likely to be sexually active than those who said they’d never sexted.” The correlation is concerning, but sexting is just one of many online behaviors that influences real-world consequences, carrying with it the potential to ruin a child’s social […]

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Disabling In-App Purchases on iOS and Android Devices

Disabling In-App Purchases on iOS and Android Devices

| August 16, 2012 | Comments (56)

In-app purchases can pose one of the biggest headaches for parents whose children have smartphones or tablets. If you assigned your credit card to your child’s smartphone, you probably didn’t give it much thought. By why would you? They don’t have their own credit card, so it only made sense. But what parents usually don’t […]

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