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Cyber Tip - Update Your Software ASAP

Most of us are guilty of this - putting off software and app updates. When a notification to install updates appear, we are often in the middle of doing something seemingly important or urgent, so we choose to hit the ‘ignore’ or ‘remind me later’ button to avoid any further disruptions.

However, these updates are far more important than you may think.

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Emoji have become part of our everyday language, used when conveying a meaning or emotion when words aren’t enough. But what looks like a cute, harmless text symbol could mean something entirely different to your kids, who have become experts at using their own language to KPC (Keep Parents Clueless). Sometimes, all it takes is a single emoji to convey a threat, send a sexual advance, bully others, make racist comments or complete a drug deal.

Parents should be involved and not only monitor what their kids are doing, but be aware of this new and often complex ever-changing language. Below are four threats and the emoji that accompany them.

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Cyber Tip - Use Strong Passwords And Enable 2FA

Strong passwords are important for keeping your online accounts and personal information safe from cyber criminals, and enabling Two-Factor Authentication provides an additional layer of security.

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Social Media and Fake News
The sheer volume of information stored online has raised the spectre of poor quality information, causing some to lament that we live in a “post truth era” where social media has turned into a swamp of fake news filled with misinformation and dubious claims.

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Common Sense Media: 8 Things You and Your Teen Need to Know About Sexting

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Real Life Stories of Change
What to Do When Online Sharing Goes Wrong – Andreanna Stewart

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Real Life Stories of Change
Managing Your Child's Screen Time – Lucian Teo

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Dire warnings about children dying because of apps and games are a form of ‘juvenoia’

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SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR PHONE? TRY A DIGITAL DETOX

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Common Sense Media: 5 Ways to Stop Cyberbullies
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