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Fake News Reporting On Social Media

Fake News online is a term used to refer to fabricated and misleading news.  Basically – it is a lie someone creates online to distract people from the real news and truth.   When it comes to fake news, this is what is important to remember: the information is false, but it seems true.  Here are a few things to consider when trying to identify whether a post or article online is fake news:  Dive deeper:  Where is the source of the story  Do you recognise the website and is the website legit  Research the author – are they known to spread misinformation, disinformation or fake news  Read the entire article   A shocking headline which would be created to grab your attention Often in fake news the headline is all in CAPS and includes a bunch of exclamation marks and warning calls to action   Who else is reporting this news?  If it’s only one source, and contradictory to…

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Identity Theft

Identity theft is one of the fastest developing type crimes in the world: specialists believe that a person’s identity is stolen every 2 seconds around the world. Identity theft occurs when a thief gains access to the personal information of a person online such as their credit card information, passwords, medical insurance numbers, ID number/cards. The thief uses this information for their own economic gain. As indicated by TransUnion, South Africa’s biggest credit authority, since identity theft is not easily detectable like other types of crimes, it can go unidentified for a considerable a long time, even years while victims have huge debts build-up under their names. Something that is not often spoken about is the identity theft of children. Because children have clean credit records, criminals take advantage of this by using children’s identities to carry on their malicious acts. That is why we advise parents to stop oversharing…

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Family Link By Google

The Family Link app from Google helps parents stay in the loop as their child or teen explores on their Android device, and lets parents set certain digital ground rules for their family. First, a child/teen will need a compatible device (see which devices work with Family Link). Then, parents can start by downloading Family Link onto their own device (Android or iPhone). If a child/teen already has an account, Family Link will walk their parent through linking their account to their child’s account. As part of that process, the child/teen may also need to download the Family Link (Child/Teen) app on their phone to complete the process of linking the accounts. Parents can also use Family Link to create a Google Account for their child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country). Once complete, children can sign-in to their device with their new account. Once the accounts are…

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