Cyber Stalking: 12 Warning Signs

Cyber Stalking Warning Signs

   Social School 101 is raising awareness on cyber stalking which is the use of technology to stalk victims. It is a terrible thought but many times a victim is being followed, spied on, or harassed online. Educating teenagers and college students about the dangers of cyber stalking is important to their safety. Many adults are also victims and sadly are not aware of the danger signs of cyber stalking and how it occurs.

      Teenagers are susceptible because they share so much information online and because this is the age they engage exclusively on social networks. Similar to cyber bullying, stalking can occur 24/7 since the Internet is always available. Cyber stalking occurs when someone is stalked then threatened on the Internet, computer, or cellphone. It can occur in many different ways and teens and adults need to recognize the signs to protect themselves.

12 Warning Signs Of Cyber Stalking

  1. A teen/adult receives persistent emails or multiple text messages in a day.
  2. They find their personal information posted online without their consent: photos, phone number, email, or home address.
  3. Someone impersonates them online by posting messages as your teen/adult.
  4. A potential stalker is highly inquisitive about the victims personal life wanting to know where they go, where they live, or what their interests are.
  5. Stalkers know when the victim is online, sending emails, or posting. They are lurking online and waiting on the Internet.
  6. They send threatening emails or leave abusive and inappropriate comments.
  7. Your teen/adult receives an electronic virus.
  8. Stalkers harass them online in forums, chat rooms, or by text messaging.
  9. A victim may  suddenly subscribed to pornography sites without their consent.
  10. Their location is tracked from a social platform or geo-tagging.
  11. Your teen/adult has their activities monitored by hidden cameras.
  12.  The victim receives unsolicited or inappropriate gifts

  Raising Awareness About Cyber Stalking With Teens

     You may be wondering why you should have this conversation about such a serious concern with your teenager.  According to the U.S. Justice Department, the age category most at risk for stalking is 18-24. If you have a teen preparing for college, they should know the warning signs for cyber stalking.

     Just like cyber bullying you must keep all forms of communication as evidence. Finally, they must alert an authority or police department and make them aware of the threatening behavior.

     Have you had a conversation with your teen about cyber stalking? Please share these warning signs so others can be aware of the dangers of cyber stalking.

Surprising Social Media Statistics

Surprising-Social-Media-Statistics

Would you like to impress your friends and co-workers with some surprising social media statistics? After all, begin tech savvy gives the appearance that you are at the forefront of what is going on. It is best to issue these facts as quickly possible since the digital world is constantly expanding and reinventing itself. New media is being created at hyper speed. All of this hyper-connectivity is the reality of the crazy digital world we live in!

Social Media Stats

Everyone keeps saying that Google+ is next really big thing. Do you have an account? You may be surprised to learn there are more men using Google+ than women. Another surprising social media statistic is the number of Boomers who have taken to Twitter. They are the fastest growing age sector.

Have you heard some of your co-workers say that they signed up for LinkedIn but never finished their profile page? There are two categories of LinkedIn users. Those that connect, update, network, and share. Then there is the other group. They haven’t looked at LinkedIn in so long they can’t remember the last time. Tell your co-workers that LinkedIn boasts over 260 million individual users. Maybe they will be inspired to take another look and get serious about completing their profile and engaging.

What surprises you most about social media? Do you feel that you do not have enough hours in the day to keep up? You are not alone. Change occurs quickly and it is a race to keep up with trending topics. Our reference guide, Social Media Dictionary A Modern Guide to Social Media, Texting, and Digital Communication is essential for keeping pace with the rapidly changing Internet and social media space. You never have feel behind with this useful tool at your finger tips. It is a crazy digital world we live and the Social Media Dictionary  will give you Internet definitions, all the texting acronyms, emoticons, and numbers. Plus, you get all the Twitter abbreviations. How amazing! Everything you need to stay up to date in one easy to use reference guide. The book is scheduled for release in November.Stay tuned for a sneak peek!

Sex Education Online

Sex Education Online

Are your children learning sex education online? Before you answer, you need to think about who is providing sex education for your children. Is it the job of schools to provide sex education? Should it be a shared responsibility between the parents and the schools? You will be surprised to learn how many children are learning about sex  online  without guidance and how the results can be damaging.

How Online Porn Influences Children

I think everyone would agree that advocating for better sex education is important but rarely placed at the top of the list for new initiatives. A recent study found that many teens are receiving their sex education online. One of the dangers occurs with how online porn influences them. Many teens confessed that by observing porn it influenced them about how to behave in relationships. Read that sentence again because it is appalling. Our children think they should behave the way porn sites portray people having sex. They get their sex education online and think that is the way they should behave in relationships.

Online porn comes to children many times without them soliciting it. One stray click on the wrong site and they can can be directed to a porn site. If we do not protect our children and educate them then we are allowing their sex education to occur online without our permission or guidance. I think it is time for parents to take control or else online pornography may win. What precautions have you taken ? Have you discussed online porn with your children?

Embracing the Internet of Things

Think of all the ways technology has made your life easier. Many times we take for granted all of our devices, apps, and tools that make our daily lives more productive and enjoyable. The next big thing that promises to be even bigger than the Internet itself is the Internet of Things. Simply defined, the Internet of Things or IofT, is a technology concept that takes all your devices and connects them to the Internet. It is estimated that by the year 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices. Let’s examine what the future holds for the IofT.

Benefits of Connecting All Devices

-This will drastically reduce data storage problems.

-There will be improved efficiency and cost savings.

-There will be new career opportunities for training in the field of IofT.

Potential Concerns for the Internet of Things

-What security measures will be in place to protect your privacy and information?

-How will all of these connections be maintained and monitored?

-Will there be universal standards for all devices?

-Is it possible to retro-fit your house for minimal costs?

Connecting Everything - Internet of Things

 

Shopping On Facebook

Shopping On Facebook

In case you missed the announcement, shopping on Facebook is about to become a reality. Although it is only in the testing phase at the moment, Facebook has introduced a new “Buy” button that allows users to purchase products directly from their site.

How Shopping On Facebook Works

Shopping on Facebook is made possible by something known as direct response advertising. You see a product and you respond by adding the item to your shopping cart. The ads will appear in your News Feed and you are able to purchase the item directly on Facebook without leaving the site. Facebook transforms shopping by conveniently making purchases easy for the consumer and simultaneously Facebook emerges as a significant online retailer. Considering that Facebook has over one billion users, that equates to over one billion potential customers with the power to make purchases on their site. The immense sales potential of the once social network turns Facebook into a powerhouse. It has the potential to transform into a serious online retail platform.

A Few Things To Consider

Here are just a few concerns that you may or may not have thought about.

1. I know Facebook is great for staying connected with friends but do I really want them to have my credit card information? After all, they have captured all my personal history and connections and now they want access to my finances as well. It is frightening to think how much personal information they will have.

2. If I need to talk to someone at Facebook about one of my purchases, need to get a refund, or have a problem shopping online, will Facebook be responsive and provide a customer care department?

3. Do parents need to worry that their children may be making “in app” purchases resulting in shocking credit card statements?

4. Cyberloafing or wasting time at work on the Internet is a major time killer. Will all of us be spending more time at work on Facebook since the “Buy” button makes  shopping easier?

Are you ready to shop on Facebook?