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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
What Is COPPA?
If you have ever perused our Resources for Parents page, you may have seen that certain popular apps and social media sites are not COPPA Compliant (such as Twitter). But what does that really mean? Today, we’re diving into what COPPA is, who COPPA protects, and why COPPA is important.
Your Teen & Sexting
Over half of all teens have been asked at some point to send naked or explicit pictures of themselves to another person on their phone or through social media. Scary statistic, right? But what can you do, as a parent, to help them understand the dangers of sexting and to avoid any permanent damage to your teen and their reputation?