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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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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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How to host your own Virtual Hoilday!

How to host your own Virtual Hoilday!

So many things are looking vastly different this year, and the holidays will likely be for many, no exception. With the Holidays fast approaching, it’s important to remember that creating different traditions this year doesn’t have to equate to the Fear of Missing Out unless we make it so. With coronavirus cases rising around the nation, many are being called to reconsider their thanksgiving tables and holiday planning.    

In an effort to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy, there are many creative ways we can work towards making this holiday season filled with the joy and peace many of us have grown to look forward to year after year.   

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Online Community Guidelines and Standards

Online Community Guidelines and Standards

Social media may widen a sense of social freedom through the ability to express your online views and personal successes to a wide and unlimited audience. However, each reputable social media platform has devised a set of Terms of Service or Community Guidelines designed to decree a set of standards that users must abide by in order to utilize the service. Whether or not these guidelines are closely monitored by the social media empires are up for interpretation.

Smart Gen Society has put together a set of community guidelines and standards to act as a basis for everyone to follow as social media continues to become a more prominent way to communicate in today’s society.

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Being Safe in the new Zoom Culture

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.   

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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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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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Liking, Engaging, Commenting, & Following : Is This A Good Thing?

Liking, Engaging, Commenting, & Following : Is This A Good Thing?

Social media and the internet have taken over so many aspects of our lives. An infinite amount of information is constantly available at people’s fingertips. There is now the ability to control appliances and different functions of your home from your smartphone. It’s astounding to see the abundance of friend and family updates being shared on every social platform imaginable. Is this always a good thing for your mental health and well-being?

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