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Woman and young girl in kitchen with laptop and paperwork smilinCommunications is one of the most important foundations to keeping a good relationship with your children.   Everyone has seen kids that are so attached to their smartphone, or their computer, that they don’t seem to know how to communicate.  As a parent it is very important for your to keep communications open, and to keep a view of what your kids are doing on the internet.

Keep communications open and start a discussion with your child about what they are doing online.  Here are some good questions you should ask regularly:

  • What are your favorite things to do online?
  • What is personal information? Why should you keep it private?
  • What could you do to be safer online?
  • What would you do if anyone online asked to meet you face-to-face?
  • Besides me, who do you feel that you can talk to if you are in a scary or uncomfortable situation?

 

Be safe and be blessed!

 

 

 

This morning, let’s take a few moments and discuss some points of basic internet safety.   How can you protect your children and yourself…

Children use a variety of online services, and each of these services can have different safety concerns. However, there are some basic tips which you can utilize no matter how your children use the Internet.  

  • Keep the computer in a high-traffic area of your home.
  • Establish limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long.
  • Remember that Internet technology can be mobile, so make sure to monitor cell phones, gaming devices, and laptops.
  • Surf the Internet with your children and let them show you what they like to do online.
  • basicsKnow who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.
  • Continually dialogue with your children about online safety.

 

Be safe and be blessed!

 

 

This could be one of the most important Safety Tips you do as a parent, for yourself AND for your children!facebook_hacked

Recently I taught Knowledge, Wisdom & The Internet at a high school.  One of the freshmen at that school called me with some questions and it turned into about an hour long project on the phone with her, her mother and I.  It seems that this young lady’s Facebook Account was being logged into three (3) times by someone in Los Angeles.  At first I thought that I was misunderstanding what this young lady was telling me, but it was absolutely true!  I showed her how to “kick” these people out of her account, then we changed her password on her Facebook account.  In just the time it took to change the password, one of these people had logged back into her account.  So we kicked them off again, set the security and the “Login Approvals” for her account.  It has been a few weeks and I asked her for an update last night, she now knows how to check this herself and it has all stayed clear!  Praise God!

Was this a “one time thing”?  Does it happen often?  Well, just a day after we cleaned up her account she posted on her Facebook wall about what had happened and two of her friends said they had at least one login from LA on their account too!  So, you tell me?  Does this happen often?

Rather than wait and see..  Let’s just look at how to avoid this.  Here is a document I have prepared with instructions on how to:  1) Review your Active Sessions, 2) See your account’s Recognized Devices and 3) Setup Login Approvals.  If you see ANY activity on your account that you cannot account for, CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD TOO!

Protecting Your Facebook Account  <Click Here to review the instructions>

Why is this so important?  Rather than give you my concerns on why it is important to keep unauthorized users off your FB Account, just Google and read some stories on what is going on out there in the world and the ties to Los Angeles.

If you find that your account has been compromised, let us know.  <Contact Us>  Not because we want to know your business, but because we want to know how big of a problem this is.  Do we need to spend more time educating people on this??  

Be safe and be blessed!

 

 

A week ago, while giving my presentation on internet safety, “Knowledge, Wisdom & The Internet“, a mother of a teen that was lured from her home spoke to me.  Her daughter had disappeared for 5 days…  The mother and father knew that the daughter had been talking to someone online, but they didn’t know who or “where”.  I guess I had made the assumption that it was via chat in a chat room, Facebook or via some email chat.  The mother explained to me, that after the daughter returned home, she had met this guy online on Pogo.com!!  She was playing “PoppIt”!  Are you kidding me?  I have played Poppit!  My son has played Poppit!  My friend’s little granddaughter has played Poppit on my laptop many times!  I had no idea.

Well, my guess is you have had no idea either.  This daughter that disappeared ..  She was gone for five (5) days and the “boyfriend” was coming  up from Florida to pick her up when he saw her picture on an Amber Alert billboard along the side of the road, then turned around and returned to Florida.  Come on…  We know he had no good intentions.  Praise God she was protected!

As parents we have to be careful, monitor and be involved in how our kids use the internet.  Simple “safe” little games like PoppIt can be a threat when the wrong person is on the other end.  Yes, your kids may physically be in your presence, but some stalker / pedophile could be on the other end telling your child, YOUR CHILD, all the “right things” for your child to trust them.  So, please…  Get involved and make sure your children are safe.

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This is a snapshot of the game… Notice the “Chat” window on the right.

Oh, the girl that disappeared…  She was 16.  Thought the guy she was talking to was 18, but he was 32.  You can be pretty much any age you want to be… Online.

Be blessed and be safe!