Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Internet Safety Games

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Teaching kids about safe browsing or keeping personal information is sometimes far fetched. If they don't know anyone who has had a problem, then they don't get it. Try using this site with your pre-teens to give them some simple simulations or games that use the correct terminology for being safe online.
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Anti-Bullying Site for LGBT

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I came across this site of tips for anti-bullying activities and suggestions. In addition this site offers advice that schools can take to support students who are LGBT(lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans-gender). There are handouts and suggestions on many of the pages of this site for parents and students as well. There are also resources for suicide prevention as well.
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Verizon Family Finder

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If you have Verizon Wireless then you can get a service for $9.99 per month that will track a phone in your family circle. If you want to keep track of where a teen is visiting, then you would download and activate the app on their client phone. You can set it up to send you a text when the client phone goes out of the set zone. You can set it up to text the client phone to receive a text message. You set the message on the client phone: "Hey you have gone too far from our agreed location. Call me right now."
In addition, you can set arrival and departure texts for when they arrive at school or arrive at home each day. OR you can get to the client phone with turn by turn directions with the GPS app.
You can follow all of this on your Verizon Wireless phone or on the Internet web site.
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