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Cyberbullying? There's an App for That

Cyberbullying? There’s an App for That

March 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

When you think of the forms bullying can take, a public bulletin board probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind. Yet that’s basically what Yik Yak is: an app that allows users to post messages anonymously to be seen by anyone in the area. The problem with Yik Yak is that, though it […]

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New "Honey Encryption" Technology May Make Your Data Safer

New “Honey Encryption” Technology May Make Your Data Safer

February 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

We’ve been talking a lot recently about hackers and how they can access your information but it looks like there’s a new encryption method in development that will make hacking into a database much harder. The way that most hackers work is that they use software that guesses hundreds of thousands of potential keys to decrypt […]

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Goldieblox – Helping to Put A Dent on The STEM Deficit

February 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

These are the sad facts many of us are familiar with. According to The World Economic Forum1: The United States ranks 52nd in the quality of science, technology engineering and math (STEM) education, and 5th (and declining) in overall global competitiveness. The United States ranks 27th in developed nations in the proportion of college students […]

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Selfies: Why They Can Be a Good Thing

February 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

If you have a smart phone or a Facebook account or listen to the news at all, you probably know about selfies. There are a lot of opinions out there about selfies but I, for one, am going to take the controversial stance that selfies do not in fact signal the end of civilization as […]

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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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A Great Technology Solution that will Help Children with Dyslexia

A Great Technology Solution that will Help Children with Dyslexia

February 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dyslexia occurs in 5% of children and can cause tremendous learning challenges for those with the disorder. Dyslexia makes it extremely difficult for children to learn to read fluently and with accurate comprehension despite the fact that these children have normal intelligence. The Yoursphere For Parents editorial team found a tool – a font that […]

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What Does a Safe Online Experience Mean for Your Child?

What Does a Safe Online Experience Mean for Your Child?

January 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Originally published on  When we think of the word safe in the context of our children, other words that come to mind usually include secure and protected. When you apply the definition of those words to our children’s online activities, they’re pretty much meaningless — even if they still hold true as standards that you […]

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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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The Quest2Matter: No Kid Hungry

The Quest2Matter: No Kid Hungry

December 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

No Kid Hungry and Choose2Matter are joining forces with Yoursphere to launch The Quest2Matter: No Kid Hungry. This Quest asks kids “what will you do to end childhood hunger?” About the Quest2Matter: No Kid Hungry The Quest will launch on Thursday, December 12 and continue through April 30, 2014. This Quest asks kids what they […]

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How to Give Your Child or Teen a Happy, Healthy and Safe Gaming Experience This Christmas

How to Give Your Child or Teen a Happy, Healthy and Safe Gaming Experience This Christmas

December 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

If your child has been eyeing your tablet and thinks of it as their go-to gaming device, you should forget about the Xbox One and PS4, or games like Grand Theft Auto 5, Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts and consider these alternatives: For Toddlers and Younger Kids Make sure the tablet that you […]

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How to Set Up Xbox One Parental Controls

How to Set Up Xbox One Parental Controls

November 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Xbox One has some serious potential in terms of being an all-in-one entertainment center for your family. It can access the Internet, initiate Skype calls, connect to social networks, and even sync with your cable box so that you can browse live TV on the fly. And like the PlayStation 4 (parental controls guide […]

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How to Set Up PlayStation 4 Parental Controls

How to Set Up PlayStation 4 Parental Controls

November 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

If you plan on picking up the new PlayStation 4 for the family this holiday season, your family is in for a treat, but you may want to consider setting some restrictions before you gift wrap it, especially if you have children or even young teens in the house. Games like Killzone, Call of Duty: […]

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#Hashtag101

#Hashtag101

October 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

When you see this symbol: #, do you think of the pound sign or do you think of it as a “hashtag”? Though it was invented on Twitter, hashtags have made their way into many aspects of our lives, though most of them centered on entertainment. Beyond their popularization on social networks such as Facebook, […]

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App Review: A Day in the Zoo

App Review: A Day in the Zoo

October 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Compatibility: iOS (iPhone 4+, iPad 1+) and Android (4.0.3+) Release date: Oct 15, 2013 Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese Price: $2.99 A Day in the Zoo is an interactive mobile app designed for toddlers (12-24 months old) – right around that time when they’re beginning to explore different sounds and imitate the world around them. An educational […]

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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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How to Teach Your Children to Make Smart Online Choices

How to Teach Your Children to Make Smart Online Choices

September 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

No matter what the device your child uses—whether it’s a tablet, an iPod Touch, a smartphone or a laptop—it’s critical to their development that you teach them the how to make healthy choices online. We welcome you to download a copy of The Yoursphere Challenge for Making Smart Online Choices to use as a guide […]

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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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Ask.fm – What It Is and What Parents Need to Know

Ask.fm – What It Is and What Parents Need to Know

August 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

“Ask.fm is a toxic site. Toxic means: poisonous, virulent, noxious, deadly, dangerous, harmful, injurious, pernicious. And that’s exactly what Ask.fm is to people your age, and even adults. And shame on the people that started that site.” Those are the exact words I said to my 12 and 14 year old boys when we were […]

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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 (9)

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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The ‘Cloud’ and You

The ‘Cloud’ and You

July 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

What is the cloud? Are you too embarrassed at this point to ask, “What is the Cloud?”  Just like a Neighbor that moved in a year ago, it’s a little awkward to ask their name now.  Don’t worry it is never too late to learn! The cloud is a computing service that is not tied […]

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