Category Archives: Parents

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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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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