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  • 8 Signs It May Be Time for Parental Controls
    by Toni Birdsong on July 19, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Equipping and guiding your digitally connected child is one of the toughest challenges you will face as a parent. As your child grows and changes, so too will their online activities. Friend groups, favorite apps, and online interests can shift from one month to the next, which is why parental controls can be a parent’s The post 8 Signs It May Be Time for Parental Controls appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • What is Roblox and is It Safe for Kids?
    by Toni Birdsong on June 28, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    If you have a tween or teen, you’ve likely heard a lot of excited chatter about Roblox. With a reported 150 million users, there’s a good chance your child has the Roblox site on their phone, tablet, PC, or Xbox. In fact, in 2020, Roblox estimated that over half of kids in the U.S. under 16 had used the forum. However, as with all digital destinations, the fun of Roblox is not without some safety concerns.   Why do kids love Roblox?  Roblox The post What is Roblox and is It Safe for Kids? appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Protecting the Tech You Give to Dad
    by McAfee on June 17, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    A new piece of tech often tops the list of Father’s Day gifts. And while things such as wearable fitness devices, smart speakers, smart outlets, or any number of other connected gadgets and do-dads are popular picks, one thing often gets overlooked—protecting those devices from hacks and attacks.  We live in a day and age when even connected lightbulbs can be hacked. The reality is that The post Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Protecting the Tech You Give to Dad appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • How to Prepare for Your Child’s First Smartphone
    by Natalie Maxfield on June 15, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    If only more things in life came with training wheels; a child’s first smartphone could certainly use some.  Like taking off the training wheels and riding out into the neighborhood for the first time, a smartphone opens an entirely new world for children. There are apps, social media, group chats with friends, TikTok stars, and the joy of simply being “in” with their classmates and The post How to Prepare for Your Child’s First Smartphone appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • Potentially Malicious Apps Your Kids May Use
    by Toni Birdsong on May 31, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    It’s a question I get several times a year from anxious parents, either via a direct message, an email or even in line at the grocery store. It goes something like this: “What’s the one thing you wish you’d done better when monitoring your kids’ technology?”  Both of my kids are now young adults, and together, we survived a handful of digital mishaps. So, I tend to have a few answers ready. I’ll go into one of The post Potentially Malicious Apps Your Kids May Use appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • At Home or On-the-Go: Boost Your Internet Safety this Summer
    by Toni Birdsong on May 24, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Summer is here, which means more sun and more fun for everyone. It also means more streaming, gaming, and downloading. This seasonal reality reminds us that to enjoy the best of summer, it’s important to stay aware of the digital risks that could sink the fun faster than you can say, “it’s hammock time!”  Summer Safety at Home  Emerging from the pandemic, we’re familiar The post At Home or On-the-Go: Boost Your Internet Safety this Summer appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • More Apps for Younger Users Emerging. Here’s What Parents Need to Know.
    by Toni Birdsong on May 10, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    More and more social platforms are coming up with safer ways for younger kids to access their apps. The most recent announcement comes from Facebook who is reportedly creating a version of Instagram for kids 13 and under. It’s a family safety win to see so many companies (YouTube, TikTok, and Facebook have parental control channels) making changes. That’s because The post More Apps for Younger Users Emerging. Here’s What Parents Need to Know. appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • 5 Ways to Reset Your Family’s Digital Habits this Summer
    by Toni Birdsong on May 3, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Ahhhh. Can you feel it? Summer is so close. Everything feels a little more buoyant, a little brighter. We’re in the home stretch of social distancing, a sense of normalcy is returning, and there’s a collective energy that’s ready to throw the screen door open, run outside, and pounce on summer. There’s no doubt you’ve The post 5 Ways to Reset Your Family’s Digital Habits this Summer appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • PC Gamers (and Parents of Gamers) Rejoice!
    by Baker Nanduru on May 3, 2021 at 5:01 am

    Of all the pastimes that took off during the pandemic, it’s not surprising that online gaming was one of them. After all, gaming offers excitement, new experiences, and social interaction, all from the comfort of home. It’s no wonder then that the gaming industry saw a 20% increase in revenue in 2020, as new and previously-retired The post PC Gamers (and Parents of Gamers) Rejoice! appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • The Mothers of Invention: Women Who Blazed the Trail in Technology
    by Judith Bitterli on May 1, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    It’s easy to imagine where we would be without women in technology. We’d be poorer for it. With Mother’s Day upon us, I couldn’t help but think once more about the stark employment figures I shared in my International Women’s Day blog just a few weeks ago. Millions of women have involuntarily left the workforce at The post The Mothers of Invention: Women Who Blazed the Trail in Technology appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • Digital Estate Planning – What to Do With Your Digital Assets
    by Judith Bitterli on April 27, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    While we’re enjoying the fruits of digital life—our eBooks, movies, email accounts, social media profiles, eBay stores, photos, online games, and more—there will come a time we should ask ourselves, What happens to all of this good stuff when I die? Like anything else we own, those things can be passed along through our estates The post Digital Estate Planning – What to Do With Your Digital Assets appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • Digital Divorce: Who Gets the Airline Miles and Music Files?
    by Judith Bitterli on April 20, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Something you’ll want to know about all those movies, mp3s, eBooks, air miles, and hotel points you’ve accrued over the years: they’re digital assets that can factor into a divorce settlement.  Understandably, several factors determine the distribution of assets in a divorce. However, when it comes to dividing digital assets, divorce settlements and proceedings are charting new territory. The rate of digital innovation and adoption in recent years has filled The post Digital Divorce: Who Gets the Airline Miles and Music Files? appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • Is the Clubhouse App a Safe Place for Kids to Hangout?
    by Toni Birdsong on March 31, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Is the Clubhouse App a Safe Place for Kids to Hangout? Most of us have fond summer memories of hanging out with friends in a secret clubhouse. However, this isn’t that. While the word clubhouse stirs up instant feelings of belonging to a group of friends, the digital Clubhouse app, we’re referencing is a meeting The post Is the Clubhouse App a Safe Place for Kids to Hangout? appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • TikTok Update: Dangerous Viral Challenges & Age Restrictions
    by Toni Birdsong on March 15, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    TikTok Update: Dangerous Viral Challenges & Age Restrictions It’s popular. It’s uplifting. It’s creative. It’s entertaining. It can also be risky. All these words equally describe TikTok, the wildly popular social network that allows teens to create and share videos and find critical connections during isolating times. So what makes TikTok both amazing and potentially The post TikTok Update: Dangerous Viral Challenges & Age Restrictions appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • How 2020 Helped Parents Understand Their Kids’ Digital Lives
    by Cyber Safety Ambassador: Alex Merton-McCann on March 15, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    How 2020 Helped Parents Understand Their Kids’ Digital Lives Over the last 12 months, technology has featured in our lives in a way I don’t think any of us would have predicted. Whether you were in lockdown, choosing to stay home to stay well or quite simply, out of other option – technology saved the The post How 2020 Helped Parents Understand Their Kids’ Digital Lives appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • 6 Steps to Help Your Family Restore Digital Balance in Stressful Times
    by Toni Birdsong on February 27, 2021 at 11:26 am

    6 Steps to Help Your Family Restore Digital Balance in Stressful Times Editor’s Note: This is part II in a series on helping families protect their mental and digital health in times of chronic stress. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice or treatment. Over the past year of remote The post 6 Steps to Help Your Family Restore Digital Balance in Stressful Times appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • How 2020 Has Shaped The Way We Live Our Lives
    by Cyber Safety Ambassador: Alex Merton-McCann on February 17, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    How 2020 Has Shaped The Way We Live Our Lives I’ve had such a busy morning! I’ve hunted down my favourite foundation, bought a puzzle mat, stocked up on special dog food for our naughty new puppy, ordered the groceries, made a few appointments and chatted with several friends. And guess what? I haven’t left The post How 2020 Has Shaped The Way We Live Our Lives appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • Balancing Digital: Helping Your Family Manage Ongoing Stress
    by Toni Birdsong on February 16, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Balancing Digital: Helping Your Family Manage Ongoing Stress Editor’s Note: This is part I in a series on helping families protect their mental and digital health in times of chronic stress. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice or treatment. The data continues to confirm that living with the stress The post Balancing Digital: Helping Your Family Manage Ongoing Stress appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • 10 Easy Ways to Build Up Your Family’s Online Security
    by Toni Birdsong on January 28, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    10 Easy Ways to Build Up Your Family’s Online Security The events of 2020 didn’t just set significant lifestyle changes in motion. According to a recent study, it also influenced our mindset about our online security. McAfee’s 2021 Consumer Security Mindset Report highlights our collective shift to a Digital-First mindset and the increased risks that come with The post 10 Easy Ways to Build Up Your Family’s Online Security appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • 4 Ways to Help Your Family Combat Cyber Threats in the New Year
    by Toni Birdsong on December 31, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    No doubt, we have a lot to be hopeful for as we step into the New Year. We’ve adapted, survived, and learned to thrive under extraordinary circumstances. While faced with plenty of challenges, families successfully transitioned to working and learning from home like pros. So, as we set our intentions for 2021, we will need The post 4 Ways to Help Your Family Combat Cyber Threats in the New Year appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • Zooming with the Grandkids: Five Easy Video Chat Apps for the Holidays
    by Judith Bitterli on November 23, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Zooming with the Grandkids, Nieces, and Nephews: Five Free and Easy Video Chat Apps for the Holidays All the kids are doing it, and so can you. If you haven’t hopped onto a video chat with the family yet, the holidays are a great time to give it a whirl. While there are plenty of The post Zooming with the Grandkids: Five Easy Video Chat Apps for the Holidays appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • 5 Fun Ways to Keep Family Connections Strong (and Secure) This Holiday 
    by Toni Birdsong on November 19, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    5 Fun Ways to Keep Family Connections Strong (and Secure) This Holiday The reality is beginning to hit: The holiday season will look and feel different this year. Traditional family gatherings, complete with mile-long dinner tables and flag football games, are now considered COVID “super spreader” events, putting a dent in plans for large gatherings. The post 5 Fun Ways to Keep Family Connections Strong (and Secure) This Holiday  appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • What You Need to Know About Among Us
    by Cyber Safety Ambassador: Alex Merton-McCann on November 10, 2020 at 1:28 am

    Among Us – one of the Most Popular Online Game of 2020 (pictured credit: axel 795, Pixabay) If you have teens and you haven’t yet heard of ‘Among Us’ then I guarantee it won’t be long. Among Us is an online deception and strategy game that is having a real moment worldwide. Over the last The post What You Need to Know About Among Us appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • Helping Your Family Combat Digital Misinformation
    by Toni Birdsong on November 7, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Helping Your Family Combat Digital Misinformation If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that our ability to think critically about the information we encounter online is now a fundamental life skill we need to learn, practice, and pass on to our offspring. But the actual task of teaching kids how to discern real and fabricated The post Helping Your Family Combat Digital Misinformation appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • Cruel Ghouls: New Digital Scams Target Every Age Group
    by Toni Birdsong on October 26, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Cruel Ghouls: New Digital Scams Target Every Age Group There are few situations more personal than a distressed family member calling to ask for financial help. But personal is precisely the angle bad actors are taking these days in scams that target both the young and old. Grandparents Fall for ‘Help!’ Scams Called “The Grandparent The post Cruel Ghouls: New Digital Scams Target Every Age Group appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • #BeCyberSmart: Equipping Kids to Stay Safe on New Video Apps
    by Toni Birdsong on October 9, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    These days, spending time with friends face-to-face still isn’t always an option for teens. So, finding a fun, new app can be a little like discovering your own private beach where you can chill out, connect with friends, and be thoroughly entertained. Keeping them safe on that digital beach? That’s where parents can make a difference. The post #BeCyberSmart: Equipping Kids to Stay Safe on New Video Apps appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • How Searching For Your Favourite Celebrity May Not End Well
    by Cyber Safety Ambassador: Alex Merton-McCann on October 6, 2020 at 4:01 am

    How Searching For Your Favourite Celebrity May Not End Well 2020 has certainly been the year for online entertainment. With many Aussies staying home to stay well, the internet and all its offerings have provided the perfect way for us all to pass time. From free movies and TV shows to the latest celebrity news, The post How Searching For Your Favourite Celebrity May Not End Well appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • 8 Ways to Help Senior Adults Stay Safe Online These Days
    by Toni Birdsong on September 26, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    8 Ways to Help Senior Adults Stay Safe Online These Days Technology has come in handy for most of us during these days of pandemic distancing. But for the -at-risk, homebound senior population, technology has been a lifeline connecting them to family members, online services, and healthcare. Still, this unprecedented shift to virtual life has The post 8 Ways to Help Senior Adults Stay Safe Online These Days appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • Can You Decode Your Teen’s Texting Language?
    by Toni Birdsong on September 9, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    It’s hard to believe, right, parents? In just a blink or two, you went from being the teenager dropping cool phrases like “rad” and “gnarly” to monitoring a teenager texting words like “lowkey,” “IRL” and “CD9” into her smartphone non-stop.* For generations, teens have been crafting terms to differentiate themselves from other age groups. The difference today is that The post Can You Decode Your Teen’s Texting Language? appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

  • Back-to-School: Could Your Remote Learner Be Cyber Cheating?
    by Toni Birdsong on August 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Back-to-School: Could Your Remote Learner Be Cyber Cheating? As families across the country ramp up for the new school year, most are considering one of three basic learning options. Kids can attend traditional, in-class learning, they can attend their classes online from home, or they can choose a hybrid of the two. There are also The post Back-to-School: Could Your Remote Learner Be Cyber Cheating? appeared first on McAfee Blogs.

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