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Manage your Venmo Money Safely

Manage your Venmo Money Safely

Sharing money has never been easier, but that doesn’t mean it’s safer.

Venmo is an app that allows individuals to pay and request money from their friends. In a nearly cashless world, this application grants each user the ability to effortlessly split the check into as many ways as needed without inconveniencing who you are providing the payment to. Money can be stored on the account creating a balance or it can be transferred with a small fee to your debit card. Users can avoid the fee by waiting 24 hours for a bank transfer.

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This app contacts local authorities when you’re in danger

This app contacts local authorities when you’re in danger

In 2013, former University of Missouri student, Zach Winkler began to notice a lot of his fellow classmates, specifically, women, feeling unsafe walking home at night.So, he and three friends decided to create SafeTrek, now known as Noonlight.

Noonlight is a safety app that contacts local police after you provide an indication that you may be in immediate danger. If you find yourself in an unsafe or uncomfortable situation, you hold down onto the center circle button on the app’s main page. Once you have arrived at your destination and you know you’re safe, you disable the app by letting go of the screen and typing in your four-digit passcode. You have ten seconds to do this. If you fail or choose not to type in the pin due to be put in a compromising position, the app will contact the authorities with your location.

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My Eyes Only Doesn’t Mean Your Eyes Only

My Eyes Only Doesn’t Mean Your Eyes Only

When Snapchat rolled out Memories, a personalized album of your favorite snaps and stories all saved into one secure place, it also introduced My Eyes Only. Snapchat’s My Eyes Only is a setting that allows you to passcode protect certain snaps or photos taken within the app.

This feature protects photos from the eyes of other people. It was designed for individuals wanting to share their memories with people without exposing more intimate photos. My Eyes Only is typically associated with nude pictures. This is Snapchat’s way of acknowledging that the app is used for sexting. Before this attribute, Snapchat was known as a hub for sending naked pictures due to the premise that the pictures disappear after an allotted amount of time. Now, Snapchat gives you a place to store more personal shots forever. 

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Lessons from the unlikeliest places

Lessons from the unlikeliest places

So, you’ve been canceled on social media? Cancel culture is where an individual is tossed out of their social and professional ties due to the individual expressing themselves in a way that is socially unacceptable.

If cancel culture teaches us anything, it’s the phrase “what you say online stays online forever.” Our words on social media can have a deep impact on how the world perceives us, up to the point where it may cost you your reputation. Before sharing any content online, ask yourself, “would you like your grandmother, teacher, or the rest of the world to see this?”

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TikTok Provides Safety Measures for Children with Family Pairing

TikTok Provides Safety Measures for Children with Family Pairing

Now, more than ever, families and people of all ages are turning to internet platforms like TikTok to stay entertained, educated and connected due to social distancing. Although TikTok began rising to fame long before COVID-19, lockdown only amplified its popularity. TikTok provides families with tools to channel their creativity, illustrate their stories and show support for their communities. At the same time, however, families are learning to maneuver these digital spaces together and focus on guaranteeing a safer experience for each young adult participating. 

With that in mind, TikTok had taken copious steps in enhancing their policies and controls by introducing Family Pairing.

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Body Image Through the Lens of the Media

Body Image Through the Lens of the Media

Wellness looks different for each individual, and no person should feel inferior based on the way they look. The past year has been filled with traumatic events that have affected many people mentally, emotionally and physically. Just as people go through emotions, their bodies also are subject to change, especially in the middle of a pandemic. As we know, social media is a great tool to maintain and create connections. It is also where users struggling with self-esteem issues often turn to. Body image and social media have a complex relationship. Individuals can see content with encouraging body empowerment posts. In retrospect, social media networks have documented the evolution of ever-changing ideal body images. Unfortunately, society's standards are based on unrealistic photo-shopped images.

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Why in-person learning is esstential for children during COVID-19

Why in-person learning is esstential for children during COVID-19

We are now almost a year into the coronavirus pandemic. In one way or another, we have all been affected. However, our students have bared the brunt of changes. Typically, the younger you are the less likely you are to suffer from a severe reaction to COVID-19, however, the virus itself is not the only issue we need to be protected from.  School closures, stay-at-home orders and shutdowns of businesses have contributed to the increasing rates of depression and suicide among younger individuals.

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Pandemic-Friendly Valentine’s Day

Pandemic-Friendly Valentine’s Day

Yes, it’s almost Valentine’s Day and we are still in the middle of the pandemic. Although there is a light at the end of the tunnel with the hope of vaccinations, for the present time we are still stuck in our quarantine bubbles. The pandemic looks different for everyone. Some of us haven’t left our houses in almost a year while others have had to maintain a sense of normalcy.

In the past year, we have moved remote for work, social interactions and even dating. Online dating has taken on a new meaning and assisted us in starting new chapters in our current relationships while allowing us to build new ones. The use of dating apps has skyrocketed and new features have made communication more accessible. As we approach the season of love you have to prioritize the safety of you and your loved one whether that’s remaining online or moving communications in-person.

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The Evolution of Social Media

The Evolution of Social Media

Social media was originally designed to connect friends and family by sharing information and content from our day-to-day lives in a quick, accessible way. Although this may have paved the groundwork, its roots have evolved rapidly since the 20th century.

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The Kids Aren’t Alright…They’re Stressed Out Too

The Kids Aren’t Alright…They’re Stressed Out Too

Last year was full of uncertainty, and with this comes unease and internal struggles. In times like these, people need encouragement the most. It seems the world as a collective, is in need of a reset and recharge. As school semesters came to a close, and students are preparing for a new year amidst constant changes, it’s vital that we ask ourselves, ‘how are our younger generations handling all of this?’.

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