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Five Safety Tips for Online Purchasing

October 1, 2013 • Category: Internet Safety

According to a Nielsen report that studied online purchasing behavior from 2004 and 2010, half of online Americans preferred online-only shops to traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. The benefits of purchasing online are countless. You can compare and contrast seemingly endless products and prices from the comfort of your home; avoid dealing with aggressive salespeople trying to [...]

Full Story»

Blogging»

SafetyWeb Twitter Party Transcript with 5MinutesforMom and Annie Fox #SafetyWeb

Here the full transcript of our @SafetyWeb Twitter Party hosted by Annie Fox and 5MinutesforMom last week! safetyweb: Hello everyone! Glad you’re here with us. safetyweb: We have SafetyWeb Certificates to give away. Each for a 6-month SafetyWeb subscription good for up to 2 children. Annie_Fox: Welcome everyone to our first twitter party. Tonite’s focus: [...]

Cell Phone Monitoring»

Before You Hand Over a Smartphone to Your Teen…

The numbers keep growing. More and more teenagers are not just armed with a mobile phone, but a Smartphone. It’s estimated that close to a quarter of children between 14 and 17 years old already have one according to a recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. While Smartphones are amazing devices [...]

Computer Safety»

Survey Findings: Parents, Teens and Online Privacy

A new poll finds that many parents have new concerns about their children and their privacy online. The Pew Internet Project and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University just released a new study called “Parents, Teens and Online Privacy.” Among the key findings, 81% of parents reported being concerned about how [...]

Cyberbully»

Is Your Teenager Armed with New Technology this Year?

Many parents gave their children iPads, cell phones and computers this past holiday season. Hopefully, along with these gifts of advanced technology, those lucky teenagers were also given good guidelines on being safe online. Keeping children safe is top priority for parents and it’s important that parents stay diligent at keeping a close eye on [...]

Facebook Safety»

The Online Obsession

Is it really possible to become addicted to the Internet?  This question has been getting attention lately due to a recent study published in the scientific journal, PLoS ONE* focusing on this very subject.  With all of us, especially kids, using the Internet more than ever before, it’s worth taking a closer look… The study [...]

GPS apps»

Your Teen’s Smartphone and Geotagging

Teenagers either have or want a smartphone. According to the Pew Research Center, 31% of teenagers ages 14-17 have one, and that number is quickly rising.  iPhones and androids have great features that appeal to teens by giving them the capability to remain connected with friends and family by way of phone, text and social [...]

Identity Theft»

Identity Theft: Children Are Targets Too

Imagine a thief using your own child’s identity to commit fraud. The thought is enough to give any parent the chills. But the fact is, child identity theft is a real threat. ID Analytics found that more than 140,000 children are victims each year. Child identity theft is the act of using a child’s personally [...]

Internet Safety»

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Starting this summer, there will be new rules in place designed to protect child privacy. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is behind the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) – the law that requires web sites to get parents’ permission before collecting personal data about children under the age of 13. New updates are currently [...]

Internet Safety»

Teens and Online Shopping Safety

The gift of giving is just a click away in our hi-tech world. Online shopping continues to rise in popularity especially during the holiday season. Online shoppers in the United States will spend $54.47 billion this holiday season, up 16.8% from $46.63 billion last year, according to a new projection from eMarketer. These days it’s [...]

Internet Safety Tips»

Online Safety This Summer

Spring is here and before you know it summer will be upon us.  For parents, that means keeping kids busy during their long break from school.  Though summer activities abound, chances are that children will have a lot of opportunity to spend time online without adult supervision.  Now’s the time to put a game plan [...]

Mobile»

Teens Keep Texting and Driving

The word has been out for some time – texting and driving is a deadly risk to take when behind the wheel.  In recent weeks two different studies have confirmed this, and one also shows that it’s on the rise, especially among young drivers. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [...]

Monitor Internet Activity»

Facebook Kicks Out 20,000 Underage Users Every Day

If you ever wondered whether underage tweens were ‘sneaking’ onto Facebook, despite the 13 and older ‘age restriction’, wonder no more. Facebook’s Chief Privacy advisor yesterday confirmed the social networking site kicks out over 20,000 underage users every day, and it surely does not catch everyone lying about their age. According to a study from [...]

Music & Video Sites»

Social Networks: Should Teachers “Friend” Students Online?

It’s all over the news lately. Several school districts around the country are deciding whether to instill social networking policies, as teachers and students connect online on sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. After three teachers in New York City were fired for allegedly flirting with students online, the New York Post nicknamed the recent [...]

News for Parents»

Tech Trends to Come in 2013

As we say goodbye to 2012 and usher in 2013, technology experts are recapping the hot trends of the year and looking ahead to what social media changes we can expect next. It’s tough to keep up with the trends! Here’s a recap of some key developments that may affect your family’s technology habits. Fast Company [...]

Online Hackers»

Cyberstalking: Warning Signs Your Child is Being Cyberstalked

Cyberstalking is sometimes misconstrued as a minor problem because the harassment does not occur face-to-face, but don’t be fooled by the disguise.  Cyberstalking (harassment or unwanted communication via technology) can lead to in-person stalking, sexting, and cyberbullying, and should be taken very seriously. To stop cyberstalking, we must first understand the warning signs and recognize [...]

Online Reputation»

Could Wikileaks Postings Jeopardize Your Child’s Future?

The news about Wikileaks and the potential threat to our national security is making headlines throughout the world. If you haven’t yet had a conversation with your child about Wikileaks, but you believe he or she is talking about it with friends or at school, it may be prudent to have a conversation about social [...]

Online Youth»

Looking Backward to See Forward – Child Online Safety in the New Year

When it comes to technology and social media, many parents feel like they are constantly playing catch up in an attempt to stay on top of what their kids are up to online. So in an effort to keep up as we enter 2012, we wanted to share some interesting information from a recent blog [...]

Parental Control»

SafetyWeb’s Spring Break Tips

Fun. Sun. Relaxation. Spring break is the time of year when many teens take trips. But these fun little vacations can mean extra worries for parents. Along with safety and travel concerns, parents should pay extra attention to their teen’s social networking profiles before, during and after that spring break vacation. Check out our five [...]

Photo Sharing Safety»

Facebook’s new facial recognition feature: What parents need to know

Tag, you’re it! Facebook’s photo sharing is getting a facelift. If you’ve ever uploaded a photo to your Facebook page, you’re surely familiar with “tagging” someone – notifying a friend that she’s in a pic you posted. And our kids do it all the time – using digital cameras, camcorders and cell phones — to [...]

Privacy Online»

New Privacy Changes on Facebook

It looks like online privacy has received a shot in the arm from the top dog of social media. Earlier this week, Facebook announced they are making several changes that will make it clearer with whom you are sharing photos, status updates, locations and tags. In fact, it’s one of the biggest privacy overhauls in [...]

Sexting»

Parents and Teens: Join SafetyWeb at the FCC’s Generation Mobile Event

We’re pleased to announce that SafetyWeb co-founder Michael Clark has been invited by the FCC to participate in an ‘Ask the Experts’ panel at the Generation Mobile Forum. WHEN: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. EST WHERE: McKinley Technology High School Auditorium, 151 T Street Northeast, Washington D.C., 20002 LIVE WEBCAST: Join online [...]

Social Networking Safety»

Please, Just Tell Me What To Do!

Today’s guest blogger is Hemanshu ‘Hemu’ Nigam, an advisor on SafetyWeb’s Product Advisory Council and the host of SafetyWeb’s Blog Talk Radio Show. Hemu is the founder of SSP Blue and an expert in online safety and security who has led security efforts at Microsoft and News Corporation and was the former Chief Security Officer [...]

Social Networking Safety Tips»

For Parents: A Fresh Perspective on SafetyWeb’s Internet Monitoring Software

When it comes to products that specialize in protecting children online, there are a few different choices available on the market today. We know that SafetyWeb is the most convenient, affordable, comprehensive online safety solution on the market, but we’re a little biased. So, let’s delve a bit deeper into what makes SafetyWeb such an [...]

Technology & Family»

Summer Vacation: Tech Safety Tips

Summer is in full swing, and for many families that means a summer getaway is still on the horizon. For today’s family, the cell phone and laptop or tablet are the first items to be packed. However, going hi-tech on vacation does have issues that should be considered before hitting the road. Here are tips that both [...]

Teenager Safety»

Cyberbullying: A Pocket Guide for Parents of Bullied Kids

Six high school football players from Marble Falls, Texas were arrested last month after allegedly threatening another football player from a rival school district via cell phone. The harassment came in the form of text messages which police say contained homophobic slurs and were “vulgar and obscene” in nature. To their credit, Marble Falls High [...]

Text Messages»

Text Messages: U.S. Teens Send Over 3,000 Text Messages Per Month

You’ve given in. Your teenager now has a cell phone. You probably got it for emergency purposes, right? Hey, your child’s a “good kid.” Nothing to worry about… Okay, so maybe you’ve noticed that he or she has been glued to a cell phone lately, but c’mon, what kid isn’t?!  Besides, they only send text [...]

Video Chat»

Cyberbullying: Parents and Schools Must Respond to Cyberbullying

An article in today’s The Washington Post defines cyberbullying as a result of “lack of maturity, lack of supervision, and technology.”  Here is where the problem frequently lies: Teens often avoid reporting cyberbullying to their parents for fear of their computer privileges being taken away.  As a result, parents simply don’t hear about these potentially [...]

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Welcome to the SafetyWeb blog. We set this up so that our employees and guest bloggers would have a forum to discuss pertinent and emerging topics related to online safety. We will cover topics such as Online Friends and Online Reputation Management. Our goal is to empower parents and protect kids and teens. To that end, we will often point you to any of our own internal reference articles, as well as external resources that we find useful. If you have any suggestions for topics you would like us to address, please send us an email. In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy this blog, our free resources, and the SafetyWeb product. Here's to online safety!

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