Music by Alan Menken
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Music by Alan Menken
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
- Teaching children at an early age how to make a strong password is vital. Teach your children not to pick: birthdates, graduation years, last four digits of phone number, last four digits of SSN, and especially no home addresses.
- Instead, teach your children how to pick random passwords, and how important it is to keep it private. Most importantly, do not use the same codes for other systems. If someone hacks one code, or if your child tells someone the code, they then don’t have access to all of your other systems. Children are notorious for sharing secret codes with their closest friends. If they share one code, what else are they getting access to?
- Model for them from an early age: Turn on your password protected screen saver. It can be bothersome when trying to get work done but it is one of the most important parts of security.
- Middle school age children are very impressionable from peer pressure. It’s important that you continue to talk with them regularly about their Internet safety and password management as they mature and as the technology continues to change and develop.
- Although you may not allow your child to be on social media, you have no way of knowing or controlling their usage at a friend's home. Therefore, talking with your children about their safety is important whether your child is on Facebook at home or not. Children should not accept unknown friend requests on Facebook even if they have mutual friends or go to the same school. Teach your children not to give out numbers, addresses or other personal information through social websites. This may not be news to you, but many parents forget to have this discussion with their children.
- Turn your “location” settings off. It is extremely important that our children are not displaying to the world their location. A lot of times apps will even display the location of your home every time your child Tweets or uses Facebook. Also, there are apps that will automatically update your location even if you aren’t currently using that app.
Monday, October 29, 2012
- Use a flashlight. By doing so, you can see and be seen by others.
- Stay in a group, and communicate where you will be going.
- Go only to homes with a porch light on.
- Remain on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
- Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
- Always walk. Never run across a street.
- Cross the street as a group and only in established cross-walks.
- Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway, or alley.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, it doesn’t mean others will.
- Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.
- No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
- Wait until you are at home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
- Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.
- Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking, such as hard candies, are given only to those of an appropriate age.
We hope these tips will help you and your family have a safe and happy Halloween.
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