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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 (3)

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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Helping Kids Understand Their ‘Digital Footprint’

Helping Kids Understand Their ‘Digital Footprint’

July 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

This is a guest editorial by McAfee. It’s easy to talk in general about an important topic and apply a catchy phrase to it without our kids really ever understanding it. When it comes to explaining the weight of  their digital footprint kids can quickly glaze over and check out if we fail to speak in terms […]

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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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A Little Privacy, Please! Your Rights and Social Media Policies

A Little Privacy, Please! Your Rights and Social Media Policies

June 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

This is a guest article written by Richard Console (original article).  Your privacy is important to us. How many times have you heard this spiel? “Your privacy is important to us. Read our privacy policy.” If your privacy was really important, would the websites that you visit every day, the ones that you use to share stories […]

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Exploring the Online Disconnect between Parents and Kids

Exploring the Online Disconnect between Parents and Kids

June 13, 2013 | Comments (1)

This is a guest editorial by McAfee. If you’re like most parents, you probably have a pretty good idea of what your teens are doing in the real world, but when it comes to their online lives, the picture can become a little cloudier. Finding out exactly what your teens are doing online, and with […]

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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 (2)

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 (2)

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 Successfully Combine Summer Fun and Family Time with Technology

How to Successfully Combine Summer Fun and Family Time with Technology

May 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

My favorite thing about summertime is the extra time I get to spend with my family. Whether we go on a family vacation, have a backyard barbecue or take a day trip, summer is a great time for us to reconnect and simply enjoy each other’s company. For most kids, summertime means camp, sleeping in […]

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What To Do About Facebook Friend Hacks

What To Do About Facebook Friend Hacks

May 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Guest article by Janita Docherty. Friends connecting on Facebook is something that needs to be respected and trusted. Recently, a number of people, including myself, have received friend requests on Facebook from people they know. Why is this unusual? Because these requests are from people who are already connected in some form or another, be […]

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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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Make The Choice. Choose2Matter. You Matter. Youth Matter.

Make The Choice. Choose2Matter. You Matter. Youth Matter.

April 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

The founding principal of Yoursphere.com is to provide a platform that authentically represents the voice, the interests, the talents and the aspirations of kids and young teens amidst a culture of respect and positive interaction. Simply put, our youth matter, and they deserve a social network that gives them a platform to magnify their voice. After […]

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Review: Cyman Learns Cyber Smarts and Dangers, By Richard Guerry

Review: Cyman Learns Cyber Smarts and Dangers, By Richard Guerry

April 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Parents, if you have children in first through fifth grade, this book does a wonderful job of repeatedly sharing the importance of digital safety via different and relevant examples with children. While written for those 6 – 10, it honestly hammers home the message that will resonate with the tween audience as well. Consider having your older […]

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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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RAT Hackers Targeting Women, Children for Fun and Extortion

RAT Hackers Targeting Women, Children for Fun and Extortion

March 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

If you’ve used services like WebEx or Skype then you’re probably familiar with desktop sharing technology. In a nutshell, desktop sharing allows someone to remotely control someone else’s computer, meaning they can access files and launch applications as if they were on their own computer. In applications like this, desktop sharing technology is totally legal, […]

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