Healthy Screen Time Habits
Let’s face it, with the COVID-19 restrictions we have all found comfort in our devices to connect ourselves with the people we miss most, to conduct business and schoolwork, and to escape from our realities and responsibilities through insurmountable hours of video or television streaming services.
Despite the fact that most of our eyes are likely glued behind screens for the majority of the day and into our evenings, it is our hope that we can still work towards reframing the way we are looking at and responding to these devices in a healthy manner.
The star of lockdown: TikTok
During this time of social isolation, our need to fill our days with activity has led to increased reliance on our electronic devices. People are longing to stay in contact with the outside world to maintain a sense of normality and belonging in this unexpected time of social isolation. Not surprisingly, with users aiming to “go viral”, TikTok is the latest social media app soaring to the top of the charts.
Social Media Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety is a feeling recognized by all and welcomed by none. Today, social media anxiety seems to be weighing heavily on us all, but especially our children, as we are called to do more behind our devices.
Being Safe in the new Zoom Culture
With the declaration of social isolation during these times of uncertainty, our lives continue moving forward despite the fact that many of us are subjected to our homes. Thanks to the evolution of technology, the digital age has better prepared us to carry on with work and school irregardless of what is happening on the outside.
As more schools and companies turn to social separation to prevent the spread of COVID-19, various systems are being used to maintain our “regular” lifestyles, from the work environment, to school settings, and even social interaction with friends and family.
Leading us in these systems today is Zoom.
A Letter to Students
Students, we are here for you.
Screen Time… Show some Grace
We have been told to wash our hands, distance ourselves from others, and sanitize every surface as if our life depended on it to protect our physical health from contracting Coronavirus or COVID-19. But how can we ensure we are protecting our mental health too in the midst of all of this chaos?
YouTube Kids: Helpful or Harmful?
With cartoons and kid friendly videos, it is easy to assume that YouTube Kids is protected from negative content. Unfortunately, this is far from true. The website may be mostly safe, but there is still a real chance kids could be exposed to inappropriate content.
Phishing for Information- Part 2
Previously we touched on how emails can be a hotspot for cybercriminal activity. As we continue to be more innovative with our technology, scammers have gotten more creative with phishing schemes, causing scams to pop up on other platforms, specifically social media.
Phishing for Information- Part 1
In this two-part series we will be diving into the world of online phishing schemes that millions of people fall victim to every single day. We will be examining the two most common platforms scammers deliver on email and social media.
A play on the word fishing, phishing is an online scam where criminals bait you into providing sensitive information such as bank account data, social security number, credit card numbers, usernames, passwords and more. When the confidential material is acquired, hackers use various techniques and software to access the accounts and steal personal information through emails.
The real challenge online is keeping people safe
The concept of “do not try this at home” has discovered a new meaning thanks to viral challenges that have taken the internet by storm. A category of entertainment in which one action goes viral and millions of people recreate it with the sole purpose of obtaining views.
Since the start of social media, numerous challenges have taken the web by storm, all resulting in unique sets of consequences. Currently, the skull-breaker challenge and the penny challenge are circulating TikTok encouraging dangerous behaviors.