Scary Headline of the week – Tween Sexting leads to Sex

This week, headlines about sexting flooded my dash. This was hardly the first time I had seen headlines about teens sexting, but this headline had me worried.  A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that a significant number of adolescents between ages 12 and 14 sext, and that these children are more likely to kiss, have…

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Teaching Kids to Spot Trouble is the Best Security

For the last 10 years, Homeland Security in partnership with other government agencies has declared October National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). During this month, nonprofits, business, government and individuals join together to share how people can protect their devices and information in the digital world. For kids and teens, the best security is teaching them…

Mobile Apps need to protect Kids Privacy

My kid wants a tablet.  The reason she wants a tablet, to download the latest apps. Apps are small programs specifically made for mobile devices.  The Apple App Store boasts of over half a million apps. Apps can map the stars, launch angry birds at pigs, or find a campsite. Unfortunately, many apps are also collecting and transmitting personal data. Mobile apps need to collect…

How smart are smartphones? Senate Hearing discusses Mobile Privacy

On May 10, I sat with my coffee and my dog and watched my first congressional hearing on c-span. The hearing was  “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy“.   Apple, Google, industry representatives, government officials and consumer advocates met with senators to discuss the collection of personal data by mobile apps and specifically…

Now I have to worry about phones?!

My tween has her own cell phone and I love it. I leave her at home, if I have to run an errand, knowing she can quickly get a hold of me. I can call her when she is at a friend’s house to check in and arrange a pick up. But in midst of all this joy, I felt…