Teens and Internet Safety

Jaquelline Fuller from Google shares tips on parenting teens in a technology age.

  • Mom and Dad have social network passwords
  • Have regular conversations (Relationships, Relationships, Relationships)
  • Don’t be afraid to be the parent


Google Power Searching Course Cheat Sheet

I am participating in an online course offered by Google titled Power Searching with Google. I am learning some new search techniques and getting refreshed on some that I had forgotten about. I do consider myself an advance search engine user and have always been fascinated by Goole’s Advances Search features.

Today I stumbled across the answers to every activity and assessment for this course including the Post-Class Assessment. Okay, I did not access any answers for future assessments, but did look at past actives and assessments to see if the answers were all there and they were. I took screen captures of my browser to include my laptop’s date/time and the URLs shown in Chrome. Google can certainly track my activity to prove that I did not access answers for any future activities or assessments, but the rest of you will just have to trust me when I say I am not cheating.

I will reveal what I found and how I found it in my DaddyLife.net Podcast next week…after the course Post-Class Assessment has ended. 😉

In the mantime I have challenged my classmates to see if anyone else (not part of the Google team) find what I found before mid-night Pacific-time on the 10th? (i.e., the deadline for completing the Post-Class Assessment)
Happy Searching!!!

Deleting Google Search History – Why?

Member CardsYou might as well throw your wallet and your key chain into an incinerator while you are at it. The social media sites are buzzing with warnings about the new Google Privacy Policy that goes in effect on March 1, 2012. There seems to be an endless list of people who are providing instructions on how to delete browser history. What’s the big deal?

Google’s principles are not changing. They are still going to collect as much data as they can to be able to provide you with the products (ads) and services you want most. The real difference is that they are going to do this across more seamlessly across all of there services.  If you have a Google account and have never logged into your Google Dashboard, then you may be in for a surprise when you see the list of servies what Google provides. Here are a few that I use: Web History, Google+, YouTube, Picasa, Analytics, Adsense, Blogger, Calendar, Docs, Gmail, Feedburner, Reader, Talk, Android Market, and Webmaster Tools. There are a dozen plus other services that don’t appear on the dashboard. A couple of them that I use are Adwords and Google Bookmarks.

The big item of concern seems to be the web or search history.  I contend that if you have never disabled or turned off your search history then any perceived damage is already done. And oh by the way, even if you don;t allow Google to record your search history, there is nothing you can do to stop you employer, school, church, coffee shop, or any other place where you access the Internet. I can say that as a web site owner, I know how a majority of my web site visitors found my site. Almost all web servers collect data about a user’s visit. The log entries can tell me where you are coming from (IP Address), what operating system you are using, browser type, what site referred you. And if that site was a search engine I can tell what search terms you used to find my site. It takes some very tedious web browsing practices to avoid exposing yourself to others on the Internet.

As an example, a few years ago I found some updates to an article on Wikipedia that were basically character assassination on a friend of mine. Some “contributors” to Wikipedia had written some nasty things about my friend in a Wikipedia article and they were trying to hide behind pseudo names.  It just so happens that Wikipedia collects IP Address information for every user who edits an article on their site. I noticed that one of the IP Addresses matched an IP address for a frequent visitor to more than one of my blogs. It may sound weird, but I am more likely to remember you phone number or IP address than your name. This visitor had also left comments on my blog posts and my WordPress installation had also recorded their IP Address along with their web site URL and email address. I called them out by name on Wikipedia, and got a warning for violating Wikipedia guidelines for ding so. At least I got me make my point and my notes are in the update history for that article. Anyway, eventually the husband of one lady emailed me add asked me to stop using his wife’s name for security reasons. He said that she had been the victim of a stalker and wanted to reamin anonymous behind here pseudo name. However, as I pointed out to him, she did not go through the trouble to make her domain registration information private so his argument did not hold water. Her domain registration still to this day contains her full name, street address, and phone number even though I pointed this out to her husband. Obviously he was not too concerned about her safety from stalkers, but was more concerned about me shining a light into the dimly lite corner where she was spewing lies, hate and discontent towards my friend.

I shared this story to make the point that you are leaving bread crumbs all over the Internet and your Google Search History is just one small piece. I encourage you to read the new privacy polices and make up your own mind. Don’t simply give in to the fear mongering. As for me, I will not be deleting or disabling anything. I like it when my waitress knows me well enough to know what I drink. I like it when my pharmacy and grocery stores print off coupons that I can actually use.  And I like it when my search engine knows me well enough to give me what I am looking for without me having to yell or draw color pictures using crayons.


The Fathers Mandate Part 7 of 8

From Growing Kids God’s Way by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo
Scroll down to the reference for Chapter 4

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Mandate number 7.  A father must routinely embrace his children.

Sherry and I meet in a hugging community. We meet through Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Some folks shake hands, but PTK members HUG!

Mom’s touch provides kids with a feeling of comfort and love. Dad’s hugs

Mr. Ezzo warns that if parents, especially dads, don’t embrace their kids, they will eventually seek it from someone else. And they will find the affection they want and you will likely not like it.

Don’t let you daughter’s preadolescence physical changes cause you to treat her any different. She is the same person on the inside. She needs to know her dad loves her as she goes through these changes.

Hug your kids!

Tech Time

Which anti-virus should you use on your Android phone?

Facebook social engineering.

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Podcast Episode 9 – Encouraging Resources for Dads

Daddy Life Podcast Show Notes

Caden’s Page – Discharged from the Medical university of South Carolina (MUSC) Children’s Hospital on Sunday August 28th. Details on Caden’s Page.

Andy Traub – http://www.takepermission.com/ “Be a Better Husband Podcast” He is also the co-host of “Business Tech Weekly” over at GSPN.tv

The FREE PodCasting 101 Webinar with Cliff Ravenscraft from PodcastAnswerman.com has been released as a FREE Video Tutorial. See LearnHowToPodcast.com

My wife’s Best Friend Adrienne shared a blog post with me via Facebook. The post was written by Jon Acuff who is the National Best-Selling author who is best know for his book Stuff Christians Like. Jon is also a member of the Dave Ramsey team. The post is titled: When Should You Let Your Kids Use Facebook?

BetterDadPodcast – Hank will be a guest on an upcoming episode of the Becoming a Better Dad Podcast with Andy and Cory.

Mark Merrill – Great online resource for marriage and parenting tips.

Local speaking event – Hank will be speaking at the Charleston, SC Legacy Home School support group Equipping Meeting on Monday, September 12, 2011.

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Podcast Episode 6 – LibSyn, GrowingKids, Facebook Privacy

This episode covers the following topics:

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GrowingKids.org –  A community of parents pursuing like-minded values. This site is targeted at alumni of the Growing Kids God’s Way curriculum.

Facebook – Security and Privacy Settings

Facebook Help Center Information for Parents and Educators

Larry’s Guest Post – Tips for Parents of Gaming Children.

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Podcast Episode 5 – Social Media and Soical Engineering

This episode covers the following topics:

Are you friends with your child on Facebook?

Did you know that there is a good chance your child has a social media account even though you may not approve?

Facebook terms of Use

Social Engineering

Spear Phishing

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