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I grew up in an age that “bullying” was a part of what made you tough.  You took it, you brushed it off, you moved on.cyberbullying

That does not necessarily apply in this day and age.  Is it the anonymity of the electronics age we live in?  You can say something without having to look the person you are “talking to” in the eye?  Or, is it the degradation of our society in which what was unacceptable years ago is now the norm?  Or..  Is it both?

No matter why, it is real.  It is happening and we (parents) need to be aware.  Not only do parents need to be aware, but teens need to let their parents know when it is happening.  Yeah, yeah, that’s not cool.  Well, neither is what this ‘Cyber-Bullying’ leads to.  Here are some statistics for you to consider:

Despite the potential damage of cyber bullying, it is alarmingly common among adolescents and teens. According to Cyber bullying statistics from the i-SAFE foundation:

    • Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
    • More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
    • Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
    • Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.

Parents, this needs to be addressed with your teen, and pre-teen.  Take a few moments and discuss with them what is and what is not acceptable.

Be safe and be blessed!

instagramHere is a very serious update that EVERYONE needs to be aware of.  Anyone using Instagram needs to understand how serious this is, of course, if you take your photos seriously.  There are lots of “fine print” in the terms of use by most websites that users do not take the time to read.  Rights to use YOUR material that YOU post is a huge issue that many people do not understand.

“For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License).” – by Elizabeth Potts Weinstein

When you post content on Facebook, for instance, you are giving Facebook a license to use your content.  

I want to make a special note here… When this TOU for Instagram goes into effect, the only way you can “opt out” is to delete your account. There is not “Security Setting” or “Opt Out” for this condition.

 If this works for Instagram, be prepared…  This will become a big money maker for websites and will spread.

Read the full story on Instagram by Fox News here.

 

Be safe and be blessed!

Posted by: In: Safety Tips, Video Work 17 Dec 2012 0 comments

The CMD Group offers a very informative instruction to teens and parents on how to protect themselves on the Internet and social networks such as Facebook. This video shares a story of a young lady named Amanda and how she was harassed online. She posted her story on the internet for all to see before taking her own life.

Cyber Bullying is very real. We need to protect our teens and youth. It is not difficult to protect yourself and to protect your children. Let The CMD Group help!

We look forward to opportunities to speak at churches, youth groups, schools and any group setting.

Be safe and be blessed!

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I found a very good article on credit card fraud, thought I would share some stats that I hope will drive home how important it is to protect ourselves on the Internet.

‘The ease of sharing information can lead some people to reveal too much. The danger of over-revelation leads beyond mere social faux pas. More than half of adults who use online social networks post information that puts them at risk of cybercrime, including fraudulent credit card use, says a recent survey by Consumer Reports.

According to the 2012 Javelin Strategy and Research’s independent analysis of identity fraud report, in 2011, more than 11.6 million adults were victims of fraud, up 11% from the previous year. The report also found that users of social media sites such as LinkedIn, Google +, Facebook and Twitter have the highest instances of identity theft. And though the study notes that there is no proof of direct causation, it also states that more people are sharing too much sensitive information via these sites that can be used to confirm identity.’

Do not post your birthday, Social Security Number or address online.  This is all information that can be used to steal your identity and put you and your family at risk.

Be safe and be blessed.

 

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Pastor Kenneth Harbaum

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Rev. Jeremy LaBorde

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Dr. Mark Brazee

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Dr. Mark T. Barclay

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Dr. Dave Robinson

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Pastor Kenneth Harbaum

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Dr. Mark Brazee

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Rev. Jeremy LaBorde

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Dr. Mark Brazee

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Recently there has been a rash of people posting on Facebook about changes in the privacy policy.  These changes are mostly around ownership of posted material such as pictures and videos.  You can read the complete policy here.

Bottom line, there is nothing you have to do.  Posting this does nothing.  This is one of those “The world is coming to an end” hoaxes that is far too common on the internet.  To read a sample of the message, click here.

Here is a good article from FoxNews on this issue, click here.

It is a hoax.  You should read the new policy and understand it.  For many people do not understand the privacy policy in the first place.  To read the policy, click here.

Be careful and wise with what you post.  Be safe and be blessed!