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Cyberbullying Conference- Reflecting Back

Apologies for the delay. I've been on the road a bit. I spent two days in the New York City area attending WiredSafety's Cyberbullying event. And then visiting with internet safety colleagues in Washington DC. All the running around made my effo ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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06-Jun-2008 | 2:21PM
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May 15- UN's International Day of Families

Today is the United Nation's International Day of Families. This year's theme is Fathers and Families: Responsibilities and Challenges. While the focus of the UN's considerations for family-related issues has been health crises such as AIDS ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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22-May-2008 | 2:48PM
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Live From Sydney: Marian on Sunrise Morning Show

I had the pleasure of speaking to the viewers of Sunrise, Australia's most watched morning news program, during my recent visit to Sydney. We covered topics ranging from the bot problem to drive-by downloads, even how to secure your home wi-fi connec ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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22-May-2008 | 2:43PM
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New Web 2.0 Stuff I'm Trying

I attended the TechCrunch/PopSugar party in Hollywood last week and was introduced to a new genealogy site called Geni.com. I love the idea of moving my family tree work off my laptop (what if it crashes and I lose everything?) and to an online, collabora ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 2:20PM
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Start the Talk

I'd like to introduce a new concept in helping our children learn to be safe online. It's called the Talk. I'd like every family to have at least one "talk" with each of their kids every year (minimum) to review family rules and t ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 2:14PM
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UK's Byron Report is Published

The highly respected Dr. Tanya Byron of the United Kingdom was commissioned by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to conduct an extensive review of the issues around e-safety for children and make concrete recommendations for what government, education, private ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 2:13PM
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Hacking as Art? No, It's Just Advertising

There is a form of guerrila street art active in Los Angeles. Perhaps in your town, too. Some feature cartoon birds hanging from power lines at major intersections, some are intricate line art of politicians with ironic captions. Another is a skeleton tal ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 2:09PM
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Do You Let Your Child Bring a Laptop to School?

My daughter is in 8th grade and we've finally settled on her high school choice for next year. One of the highlights of the chosen school is their award-winning student newspaper. We enjoy reading the articles already, as it gives us a flavor of what ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 2:07PM
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1st Conviction of Peer-to-Peer ID Theft

Users of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing services such as LimeWire are often very naive about how much someone else can access on their computer. If you are sharing your family PC where you do your taxes and other private and important financial work with ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 2:06PM
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When Is Internet Use An Addiction?

Addiction. We usually reserve this powerful term for drug and alcohol abuse, gambling and similar behaviors or indulgences, for when the individual has lost control over their use and allowed the activity to rule their life. For parents of children who ca ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 2:06PM
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Easy Way to Remember Our 11 Planets

A child won a content with her  easy mnemonic device to remember our newly established 11 planets. Montana 4th grader, Maryn Smith, entered the National Geographic contest and will get an entry in a National Geographic book and recording star Lisa Loeb is ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 1:59PM
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Spam- the 80/20 Rule is here

A whole lot of spam in February. As you know, Symantec issues a monthly Spam report from our researchers in Symantec Security Response.  Ours just came out in March for the previous month and (ugh!) shows what you've already seen in your own email bo ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 1:57PM
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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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marianmerritt Employee
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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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marianmerritt Employee
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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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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 1:43PM
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My Online Safety Guide Won an Award!

Take that, Mrs. O'Brien, the AP English teacher who said I couldn't write! My little Family Online Safety Guide won an award! Full disclosure here: it wasn't actually a writing award but maybe I did learn something in her brutal class about ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 1:42PM
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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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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 1:41PM
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Online Predators- The Real Story

Online predators do not usually pretend to be kids when they approach our children online. Usually, they are honest about their age and their objective. This from a recent article in USA Today citing research in American Psychologist magazine (I can' ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 1:40PM
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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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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 1:39PM
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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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marianmerritt Employee
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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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marianmerritt Employee
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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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marianmerritt Employee
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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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marianmerritt Employee
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20-May-2008 | 1:32PM
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P Is For Passwords and Passwords Are Private

Many times when we discuss keeping our private information private so that we don't fall prey to identity theft or online predators, we fail to point out the importance of protecting our passwords. At every single classroom discussion I've atten ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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29-Sep-2008 | 10:44AM
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Are you Naked? Exploits from the latest Microsoft Vulnerability seen in the wild

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; ms ...
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25-Sep-2008 | 11:06AM
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What's The Right Age For Your Child's First Email Account?

At two parents' presentations in a row, the topic of a child's first email account has become a hotly debated subject. The parents ask why can't their kids just use the family account? "Am I stifling their independence if I don't ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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22-Sep-2008 | 3:58PM
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What a week!

My husband is a stock broker (oh, sorry uh "financial advisor") and it's been one heck of a tough week for him. Having to explain this bizarre Wall Street crisis and maintain a sense of hope and humor feels an awful lot like helping consume ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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19-Sep-2008 | 2:40PM
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Zero-Impact Meets Zero-Gravity

This past weekend I was joined by an international group of journalists and bloggers for a Zero-Gravity flight to “blast off” the launch of the Norton 2009 security products. This 18-person “band of brothers” boarded the G-Force One in Las Vegas, prepared ...
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Rowan_Trollope Employee
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16-Sep-2008 | 5:05PM
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A Shared Password Can be Used Against You (Video)

Sometimes it takes a video to explain to our children why sharing passwords, even with your BEST friend can be a bad idea. Take a look at this video and show it to a middle school child you love. Broken Friendship The video shows a story of a young girl w ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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16-Sep-2008 | 10:57AM
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Cyberbullying Story in Forbes

A mostly well-written article in Forbes covers the topic of cyberbullying. I'm sure it's a big departure from the story of the day for their typical reader: the stock market meltdown. I was struck by an odd comment in the opening paragraph that ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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16-Sep-2008 | 8:56AM
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