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Phishing for Information- Part 1

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.

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The real challenge online is keeping people safe

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.

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The Pressure of Being Plugged In

The Pressure of Being Plugged In

Is your teen feeling pressure to stay “plugged in?”

American teenagers are spending about nine hours on average with digital media every day. That’s more time than teens spend sleeping, or at school. Teens are more plugged in today than ever before, and much of the time they spend in front of screens is spent browsing and posting to social media. Unfortunately, the compulsion for teens to constantly check their social media does not come without negative consequences.

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How can social media be used for education purposes?

How can social media be used for education purposes?

We’ve written on the benefits of social media for teens before on our blog in our posts, “A deeper dive into the positive effects of social networking” and “Are there positive effects from social media for teens?” Today, we’re looking at one specific way social media can benefit tech savvy tweens and teens. That’s when it’s used appropriately for educational purposes.

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