How to find, block, and disable an unknown AirTag moving with you
By Gless Fleishman, Macworld.
Apple’s new tracker has a lot of positive uses, but you might be concerned that you’re being tracked without your knowledge.
(Macworld) - The new AirTag from Apple is a compact tracking device that has an extremely long life and precise locating ability in the right circumstances. Unlike a GPS tracker, which requires cell service and may drain a battery quickly, an AirTag relies on the distributed Find My network of iPhones, iPads, and Macs that hundreds of millions of people around the world carry with them, and uses Bluetooth LE to signal that hardware.
Apple AirTags Can Be Used to Track You: How to Stay Safe
By Dalvin Brown, WSJ
Apple’s smart little trackers are turning up in nefarious situations. Here’s how to look for them, and what to do if you find one.
(Wall Street Journal) - Apple Inc.’s AAPL -0.10% AirTags help you find your lost keys or bag. They can also be used in ways that spark privacy and safety concerns—such as stalking or other surveillance. Those concerns prompted Apple to publish an AirTag safety guide last week.
You can detect unwanted AirTag tracking. It’s easier if you use Apple devices, but in a rare move, the company also built a detection app for Android.
The Internet and the Pandemic
By Colleen McClain, Emily A. Vogels, Andrew Perrin, Stella Sechopoulos and Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center
90% of Americans say the internet has been essential or important to them, many made video calls and 40% used technology in new ways. But while tech was a lifeline for some, others faced struggles.
(Pew Research Center) - The coronavirus has transformed many aspects of Americans’ lives. It shut down schools, businesses and workplaces and forced millions to stay at home for extended lengths of time. Public health authorities recommended limits on social contact to try to contain the spread of the virus, and these profoundly altered the way many worked, learned, connected with loved ones, carried out basic daily tasks, celebrated and mourned. For some, technology played a role in this transformation.
Teen Girls Are Developing Tics. Doctors Say TikTok Could Be a Factor
By Julie Jargon, WSJ
When teens started turning up in doctors’ offices with sudden, severe physical tics, specialists suspected social media: The girls had been watching Tourette syndrome TikTok videos.
(WSJ) - Teenage girls across the globe have been showing up at doctors’ offices with tics—physical jerking movements and verbal outbursts—since the start of the pandemic.
‘Spilling the Tea,’ the Cyberbullying Tactic Plaguing Schools, Parents and Students
By Julie Jargon, WSJ
School-gossip Instagram accounts resurface questions about educators’ role in policing students’ social-media activity
(WSJ) - It’s like a scene straight out of the teen drama “Gossip Girl.” Middle-school students are creating anonymous Instagram accounts to dish on who’s dating, who’s cheating and who’s carrying weed in their backpack. In some cases, kids are posting photos of other kids, making fun of their hair or clothes. Some accounts spread rumors about students’ sexuality.
Bring the “Joy” Back to Your Holidays
Finally, snow is beginning to arrive, ready to wrap the midwest in a blanket of white. Hot chocolate is flying off the shelves as our kitchens fill with the scent of fresh-baked sugar cookies for decorating. It’s officially the season of celebrating. Some of us are going home for the holidays while others are preparing the home for its annual visitors. Regardless of how your family commemorates this season, it can be easy for conversations to slowly fade as your loved ones turn to their devices for comfort.
The holiday season is an excellent opportunity to help your students take a step back, unplug and be present.
Chronicle: Kicking Social Media
Chronicle: Kicking Social Media
KETV Newswatch 7 invited a metro soccer team to try kicking social media for one week.
Watch the KETV Special here.
POSITIVE RESULTS WHEN TEENS TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
Smart Gen Society, KETV, and Nebraska State Soccer Partnered to Chronicle the Positive Effects of Being Unplugged from Social Media.
The Dangers of Unrestricted Devices and the Effects of Pornography on the Brain
Being a teenager is hard. We’ve all lived it and most of us have survived it without the effects of long-term trauma. However, as time goes on young adults face new challenges that make this time of their life even harder. As a result of this, it’s easy for teenagers to turn to the internet and digital devices for a sense of escape. However, the more time they spend on their devices the likelihood of being exposed to harmful content increases dramatically. Premature exposure to pornography is one of the many rabbit holes students can accidentally find themselves spiraling down.
Nebraska Soccer Association Partnership with Smart Gen Society
Smart Gen Society (SGS) is excited to announce its partnership with Midwest Premier Academy. SGS is delighted to educate, support and empower all members of Midwest Premier Academy by discussing expectations held by their coaches and teammates when it comes to social media use amongst their teams. SGS’s curriculum will help give teams the tools to protect the student-athletes online brand and avoid any inappropriate circumstances. The center of the educational content is to remain safe, private and authentic in the online atmosphere.