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Online Safety: Cyberbullying those who are different – Trust the Movie

In David Schwimmer’s TRUST, the teenage character Annie finds herself the subject of great deal of unwanted and undeserved attention by her high school classmates in a manner in which constituted to all would be unacceptable and falls within the realm of cyberbullying (as the bullying occurred using online media). We all have encountered instances where those who did not conform or who had experienced something not of the ordinary come under undo scrutiny and are isolated for the experience by their peers. The scrutiny often times manifests itself into ridicule, sarcasm or insults as those who are observing from afar attempt to differentiate and exclude themselves from the experience.

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Trust: Bad things can happen to good children (online safety)

In David Schwimmer’s TRUST, bad things happen to Annie, a good child. She is by all appearances a typical teenager – totally wired, online and available, 24/7/365. In the physical world, parents see with whom their child interacts. As the parents witness this interaction they are able to help guide and influence their child’s choices. The number one rule for every family: “The child must not engage in any personal meetings with an individual whom they have only met online without explicit parental permission.”

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Online Safety: Neighborhood Watch Programs – WiFi

In my research, I found it interesting that, with the ubiquitous nature of wireless connectivity within our homes and businesses, I was unable to find an example of where a Neighborhood Watch had integrated the identification of insecure wireless access points within their neighborhoods. I advocate including a wireless scan capability into Neighborhood Watch programs. Most people who have a wireless access point do nothing more than simply pull it out of the box, and plug it into the wall and their broadband service provider. Neighbors can help neighbors stay safe by letting them know when their wireless access point is in an open or insecure state.

Is your teen EXPOSED? Sexting is a crime.

Exposed is a 10 minute drama about a 15 year old girl called Dee, who makes a very common mistake of sending via (SMS – text messaging) five photos of herself to her boyfriend, nude photos. This is called “Sexting”

Safer Internet Day 2011 – It’s more than a game, its your life

Today, February 8, 2011 is Safer Internet Day. It’s more than a game, its your life. One can’t over emphasize how important it is to pay attention when you and your family are online. The internet is integral to our daily lives. Online is where we live and we need to stay safe online.

Here are a eleven tips to achieve that goal:

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How does my child access the internet? With whom is my child engaging?

A question which every parent should be asking themselves, “How does my child access the internet?” “With whom is my child engaging?” The array of answers may startle you. So make no assumptions. Why does it matter? Knowing how your child accesses the internet and with whom they are engaging are the first steps in crafting an online safety plan for your child. I have said it before and will repeat, our family is our responsibility.

How does my child access the internet? With whom is my child engaging?

Digital Birmingham A question which every parent should be asking themselves, “How does my child access the internet?” “With whom is my child engaging?” The array of answers may startle you. So make no assumptions. Why does it matter? Knowing […]

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Passwords – Creation & Usage – Online Safety & Security

Do you use a password? The evolution of online crime is as much about your password strength as it is about your password usage. If you use your strong password for shopping site A and then reuse the password for shopping sites B, C, D, E, F then you are basically saying to yourself – “I trust each of these sites to have the same robust level of security”

Online Safety – “Bullycide” the End Result of Cyber Bullying

The recent suicide by Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi is a horrific tragedy on so many levels.  As I noted in my prior pieces on cyber bullying, tolerance and respect are sorely lacking in today’s society.  This situation is further amplified by our […]

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Online Safety: Today Begins National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Today marks the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the United States. I urge you to take a moment each day to educate yourself, your family, your colleagues on the need to be vigilant, proactive and engaged with […]

Our Family Is Our Responsibility

I recently spoke at an event in Seattle on the security aspects of Social Media, both from the business and personal perspective.  One question which I fielded surrounded whether or not there is risk to children via the various social […]

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Online Safety: Looking for the Perfect Work From Home Job? Caution!

The US unemployment numbers were released earlier this week and they remained high, at almost 10% and higher in some locales.  Indicative of large numbers of the population continue to find employment.  Often times an attractive situation isn’t geographically near and relocation isn’t […]

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Online Safety – Keeping Theft and Fraud of Your Identity at Bay

As 2009 races to a close, two terms have become permanent residents within the online safety and security lexicon, “identity theft” and “identity fraud.”  The reality is both have existed long before the internet came into being and today as […]

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Online Safety: Reputation and Personal Brand (A review of the book – Google Bomb)

We all have a reputation.  When you were young, you may have been known as the “ultra-smart” student or the one who wore “keds”  or perhaps the “bratty one” or the “swimmer” – all labels.  And as we matured the […]

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Online Safety: Bringing us Back to the Basics of Online Safety and Security

Today I share with you a piece I wrote in the beginning of November as a guest blog for Cammie Moises and her MomsMaterial blog.  The content I believe is apropos for your families and friends who may be online.  […]

Online Safety: Let us be safe, at home, online

This is a continuation of the expansion on the daily tweets I shared via my Twitter account, @BurgessCT,  during National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (#NCSAM – October 2009). If you’re reading this blog, you and your family are connected to the internet; […]

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Online Safety – National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Tips 1-31 (Plus Bonus Tips)

Today ends the 2009 edition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NSCAM).  Throughout the month, I and many others have been posting guides, tips and advice on how to stay safe online and how to keep the online experience a […]

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Cyberstalking – A New Phenomena?

Cyberstalking – does it really exist?  Yes, it exists.  Is it a new phenomena, lamentably no. Cyberstalking has been a factor for more than 10 years and is the unfortunate natural extension of physical stalking and in some cases has […]

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Electronic Harassment – The insidious ills of our online society

This is the first blog from within the veritate et virtute domain.It is fitting, therefore, this particular post revolve around a topic which continues to provide challenges to legislators both in the United States, as well as elsewhere around this […]

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