Fake News

What is fake news?  Fake news consists of misinformation or hoaxes that are deliberately published on newspapers, television, radio and social media sites for the purposes of: misinforming people, humiliating, bullying and causing hurt, financial gain or to push a political agenda.  In the time of social media, it’s all over the place and it’s obscuring the line between actuality and fictional news. Be that as it may, the question now is how can we expect children to be able to spot fake news online when we as adults are failing?  The dangers of fake news  Media and the news influences the way we think and ultimately helps us make decisions that impacts our lives and that of the world in general. These are some of the impact/dangers that fake news cause:  Financial loss for a business  Affects government operations and elections  Cyberbullying – a victim of cyberbullying can experience suicidal thoughts, they can also isolate themselves from people and can perform poorly at school or…

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Creating Strong Passwords

It is important that you help your children create strong and unique passwords to protect their online accounts.  Children are curious and will want to know the why’s – so tell them the possible dangers as you go along!  Here are some thoughts and tips to help you along. Start by explaining that their passwords need to be:  Unique  The hacker is not a nice person and might try and access their accounts and their personal information  Create a hacking game and ask them to crack the code:  1 2 3 _ 5 6  Pa__wo_d  _ello  Passwords need to be longer and more memorable and not contain any private information like their name, address, phone number etc.  Think of a fun phrase or an event that they remember:  My first football game was in 2020  Use the first letter from that phrase:  mffgwi2020  Change some letters into symbols or special characters:  mffgw!2020  Make some uppercase and some lowercase:  Mffgw!2020  Now ask them…

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Safe Browsing Sites For Homework Research

Many children need to use the internet to help them with their homework research and many parents are fearful of the online browsing world. To help, we have created a list of safe browsing sites to use during homework research times: Google Scholar Comprehensive, user-friendly, and free, Google Scholar is an excellent tool for high school students who are getting their first taste of academic research. Search listings also include links for “related articles” and “cited by,” two features that may help users expand or narrow down their inquiry. Combining the ease of a search engine with the quality and reliability of a library, Google Scholar blends the best features of both worlds. Use: Fact Monster Sponsored by the online education provider the Family Education Network, FactMonster offers info on dozens of topics, including science, math, and U.S. history. Clear instructions teach kids new math and other skills; a…

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