Cybersecurity is an increasingly important kind of awareness for everybody to have, because, in this very social media environment, security – of our data, identity, and property – it's just as “crowd-sourced” as media is now. Cybersecurity has become such a pervasive risk that the Department of Homeland Security has designated October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. We all know that kids are doing as much, if not more, sharing and producing as everybody else. So here, from our brand-new guide at ConnectSafely.org, are some kid-specific cybersecurity pointers for parents:
Government shutdown: The federal government shutdown is the political equivalent of a 'rage quit,' leaving kids and families to suffer as collateral damage.
Shutter-happy parents love sharing kid photos, cute stories, and parenting mishaps on social media, but how much sharing is too much? Try the 'grandma rule,' suggests this mom.
Tempter tantrums and disruptive outbursts stem from a flood of complex emotions that would stymie many adults. Kids need support and empathy from adults to navigate emotional roller coasters and develop coping skills.
Alanis Morissette: Her former nanny has sued the singer and her husband for lack of overtime pay and shift breaks. The case of Alanis Morissette and her nanny highlights the precariously vital yet vulnerable position of caregivers.
Today Google celebrates its 15th birthday with an interactive Google doodle game. One father reflects on how Google has changed the face of information, learning, and parenting.
Sextortion photos: A California teen allegedly hacked into Miss Teen USA's webcam to get nude photos of her for blackmail. Webcams don't have to be a vulnerability in kid safety if parents adopt an ethic of a Cyberhood Watch.
Religion apps offer believers new ways to meditate, confess, study the Torah, and learn Bible stories, all in the palm of your hand.
Oracle Team USA won America's Cup yesterday, but only one of the 24-person crew is an American, leaving one mom to field questions from her kids about the value of 'winning at all costs.'
Toys R Us has agreed to remove gender assignments to toys in its stores in the United Kingdom. Should toy stores eliminate the pink and blue aisles entirely?
'The Goldbergs,' a new ABC comedy highlighting the chaos tinged with humor that can overwhelm family life, hit close to home for this mom, who says the show put the 'real' in really funny.