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Friday, 14 February 2014 00:00

Being smart about Smartphones

The Future is Already Here! Those of us past a certain age could scarcely have imagined the power of the technology that has been developed in recent years. Anyone who remembers the days before personal computers and the birth of the Internet is likely to still be constantly amazed at how far we have come in a few short decades. And most of us are still struggling to stay abreast of the new developments which continue to appear at a…
Friday, 07 February 2014 00:00

YouTube's "Real-Name" Policy Stirs Uproar

In a move that has angered many of the site’s longtime fans, YouTube has recently introduced the Google+ system, which requires users to log in with a “real name” instead of the anonymous usernames which were allowed in the past. Critics of the change in policy are concerned with the further erosion of anonymity on the Internet with some people predicting that the video-sharing giant will be damaged by the move.Since it bought YouTube, Google has slowly but steadily begun…
Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00

Strategies for Managing Your Digital Footprint

It’s been said (by Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, no less) that we are the first generation of humans with an indelible record. Due to the nature of the Internet, pretty much everything we say or do online and in our public lives is recorded and stored forever. All it takes is a quick Google search to uncover lots of details about virtually anyone and, unfortunately, there is very little that can be done to erase or alter information that’s already…
Friday, 24 January 2014 00:00

Cyberstalking Suicides on the Increase

One of the saddest and most disturbing trends associated with the use of Internet social networking and chat platforms by teens is the increased incidence of suicides caused by cyberstalking and online bullying. One recent case in Florida involved a 12-year-old girl who leapt to her death from an abandoned concrete factory silo after constant harassment by two of her peers. No Escape What made Rebecca Ann Sedwick’s case even more heartbreaking is that the bullying which finally caused her…
Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:00

Tips for Protecting Your Child Online

There are just too many dangers lurking online for parents not to take an active role in managing their children’s Internet activities. The news is full of incidents of cyberbullying, cyberstalking, identity theft and other threats. Other, less immediate, but nonetheless important concerns also exist for children who use the Internet.It’s becoming more and more common for employers and even college admissions boards to scrutinize an applicant’s online profile - or “digital footprint” - before hiring or accepting, and both…