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California's Safe Sites for Kids

  The State of California has created a special "Kid's Corner" site with an index of "safe" websites our children can use to gather information or do research for their school work. I attended California Public Schools from K-12 a ...
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20-May-2008 | 1:56PM
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Get the Parent's Eye View on Games and Gaming

"Mom, can we get this new game for my PSP? It's totally awesome; I played it at Justin's house and it was so cool? Please oh please??" Does that scenario sound at all familiar? You are in the mall, in Toys 'R Us or your local big ...
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20-May-2008 | 1:53PM
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Even Oscar Gets the Online Blues

     I didn't get a chance to blog about this but last week I spent a good portion of Thursday and Friday in a yet-to-be-opened Hollywood restaurant hosting TV and film stars at an Oscar gift suite! My very first Oscar-related event, ever. I grew up ...
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20-May-2008 | 1:51PM
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Medical Identity Theft, A Growing Concern

A growing number of identity theft claims are related to MEDICAL identity theft. This means someone is using your insurance benefits for their medical needs, or to resell drugs prescribed in your name. An estimated 250,000 instances of medical identity th ...
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20-May-2008 | 1:43PM
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More Fit Fun from Nintendo Wii

Many of you know how much I love the Nintendo Wii. From the moment we got one (and I became a hero in my children's eyes because I got lucky enough to find one when they were so scarce), my children are up off the couch playing games and breaking a s ...
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20-May-2008 | 1:41PM
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All Kids Lie, Including Yours

New York Magazine has a very interesting article about kids and lying. Any parent should want to read this because it drives home the point that all children, good and bad, lie. Often, they learn to lie from watching us and our "white lies" that ...
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20-May-2008 | 1:39PM
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ID Theft Prevention Tips- It's in the Mail!

While I was away from home in the UK, we received a nice little booklet  in our household mail from the US Postmaster General, John E. Potter. The enclosed brochure, "Deter. Detect. Defend. Avoid ID Theft." is a publication from another governme ...
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20-May-2008 | 1:37PM
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Wired Kids Summit in Washington DC

  Yesterday I had the good fortune to spend the day with Parry Aftab and her TeenAngels at the 8th Annual Wired Kids Summit in Washington DC. It was a beautiful, warm day in Washington (an unseasonal 70 degrees) but it was such a lively program in the Can ...
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20-May-2008 | 1:36PM
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Underwater Cables Severed; Internet and Telephone Service in Middle East and Asia is Impacted

Where's James Bond when we need him? This past Wednesday two of the underwater cables that serve business and consumers in the Middle East and Asian markets were severed. People in countries like Egypt and India are experiencing what must feel like a ...
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20-May-2008 | 1:35PM
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Marian interviewed on MommaJam

Hi, I had the good fortune to be interviewed on kids and online safety for a newly launched parenting podcast, called MommaJam. It goes live today. I hope you will hop over to http://www.mommajam.com/ or subscribe on Itunes to the fun and serious issues b ...
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20-May-2008 | 1:34PM
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Update to Protect Your Children's Credit with a Freeze!

I submitted my freeze requests to all three agencies and received 9 identical "rejections." The short story version is that since none of my children have been victims of id theft, there is no record of them in the "system". Therefore ...
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20-May-2008 | 1:32PM
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Researching New Parental Control Approach

We've moved into a cubicle-farm office set up in our new Culver City office space. One positive aspect is that I'm now far more likely to learn about cool doings from our researchers just by eavesdropping on the brilliant people who sit near me. ...
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20-May-2008 | 12:00PM
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Digital Photo Frames with an Extra Feature?

This just stinks!!! Apparently some of the very popular digital photo frames come with an extra, added feature- a computer virus! Folks using solid internet security software (such as Norton) and who keep it up to date are protected even if they got a dud ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:59AM
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Marian's Top 10 Ways to Make Online Dating Safe and Fun!

Someone asked me about how they can use online dating safely. Inspired, I've come up with some tried-and-true tips for keeping it safe, both online and off. Here they are, just in time for Valentine's Day:   Marian's Top 10 Ways to Make Onl ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:54AM
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Happy Slapping- Teens record fights and post as videos on YouTube

When I was in the UK last year, I was introduced to a relatively new term (at least for me), of  "Happy Slapping." That's the term popularized in Europe for the sick trend of kids getting into fights, recording themselves with cellphone cam ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:51AM
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LA Grand Jury Issues Subpoena in Megan Meier Cyberbullying Case

This is such an interesting development in the cyberbullying case of Megan Meier of Dardenne Prairies, MO. You'll remember her poor parents could not find protection in the law to go after Lori Drew, the parent who supposedly concocted the fake MySpa ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:50AM
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Go Roy Cooper, Go!!

  We met with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper back in September at a Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. We were presenting him with an award on behalf of his work to protect children online. At the time, he discussed with us his plans to work ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:47AM
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Leaving Las Vegas (A CES Memoir)

  Consumer Electronics Show. A week in Las Vegas. A suite at the Venetian hotel (hey Symantec Accounting, they are ALL suites at that hotel!!) 145,000 other technology fans. Survival methods: 1. Flat shoes in my tote at all times (if I wasn't wearing ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:24AM
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School Privacy Policy Needs a Tweak

I just got off the phone with my beloved, computer-genius nephew. It would seem that the well-meaning technology department of his high school has a policy that prevents any students' lastnames from appearing on the school's website. In a quick ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:17AM
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PBS Special on Kids Online- Set the Tivo!

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20-May-2008 | 11:16AM
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Teens Write the Web

You often hear parents complain that their children no longer read books. And the data would indicate that they are right!  A recent study from the National Endowment for the Arts (yes, that group of crazy reading fanatics!) found that over the last 20 ye ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:15AM
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One Man's ID Theft Nightmare: Mistakenly Accused of Murdering Police Officer

Kevin Wehner is a man who had the nightmare experience of seeing his own photo flash across the national news as a suspect in the September 13th murder of a Miami police officer and the shooting of three other policemen. Imagine his horror when his own mo ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:10AM
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MySpace Identity Theft- Good Explanation

There are a number of ways for identity thieves to work their black magic within MySpace. A common one making the rounds is to send emails through MySpace accounts to people's networks. The email instructs you to visit a particular MySpace page (usua ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:09AM
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Byron Review on Gaming and Kids

I had the good fortune to travel to London a few weeks ago. Symantec is working to create Family Online Safety programs in our European markets, just as we've done in the US. We're in very early stages but it's very exciting to meet my inte ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:08AM
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Regrets From Your Future

I did some dumb things in my college days. I'm sure we all did. But I'm grateful that any photographic proof of my shenanigans was long ago discarded. I just can't imagine what thousands of college-aged women are thinking to join a Facebook ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:05AM
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Teen Arrests in Cybercrime Syndicate

My 11-year old son would still be happiest with hour upon hour of unfettered PC time. We have limits in our house, especially on a school day, which is our attempt to keep him focused on school work.  And though it's a constant battle, for the most p ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:02AM
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Data Loss Has British Freaking Out

While we Americans focus on "door buster" holiday shopping specials, and creative uses for turkey leftovers, our cousins in England are coming to terms with a potentially very serious data breach. Two computer disks containing records for famili ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:01AM
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WiFi Detector Shirt

Just had to share this: WiFi detector shirt, it lights up when you are in range of a wifi connection! check out the shirt! Message Edited by marianmerritt on 05-20-2008 11:44 AM ...
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20-May-2008 | 11:00AM
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Black Friday (or Thursday) begins!

Retailers are pushing the start time of their Black Friday specials earlier and earlier. Some retailers, including Wal-Mart, will post their specials for online shoppers starting Thanksgiving Day! Given the crowds I saw in my local Best Buy and Costco tod ...
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20-May-2008 | 10:59AM
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AntiBullying Week in the UK

Anticyberbullying programs are getting a LOT more attention of late. No country is doing more to fight this issue and its companion, schoolyard bullying, than the United Kingdom. They have even declared this week to be AntiBullying Week. Organizations suc ...
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20-May-2008 | 10:58AM
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