Smartphone Safety for Students (and Teachers!)

The following presentation is geared towards the military, but the premise is still highly valid for both students and teachers. With so many students utilizing smartphones and applications with geo-tagging and GPS, security and privacy are critical concerns that every family should fully understand.

Please take a moment to browse the presentation. Your phone may be transmitting information without you even aware of what data is being gathered! (I know, it sounds 1984-ish)


Safety Mode for YouTube

Google has just announced a “Safety Mode” for YouTube. Read Google’s information below:

“Diversity of content is one of the great things about YouTube. But we know that some of you want a more controlled experience. That’s why we’re announcing Safety Mode, an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don’t want others in your family to stumble across while enjoying YouTube. An example of this type of content might be a newsworthy video that contains graphic violence such as a political protest or war coverage. While no filter is 100% perfect, Safety Mode is another step in our ongoing desire to give you greater control over the content you see on the site.

It’s easy to opt in to Safety Mode: Just click on the link at the bottom of any video page. You can even lock your choice on that browser with your YouTube password.”

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Digital Nation

A few years ago PBS put out a great program entitled Growing Up Online. Segments were used in MS Computer Studies (with the help of Guidance) to explore some real-life cyberbullying stories.

Last week PBS again posted online produced another full length 90 minute program relating to technology and education. Digital Nation focuses on digital learning, gaming, virtual reality, 21st century learning, socializing, parenting, virtual reality and many other topics.

It is well worth watching in its entirety. Overall , it is fairly balanced-it mentions the drawbacks and well as the unstoppable digital influence in society. It lets the viewer decide for themselves what the future and effect of technology will be.

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