Have Your Kids Had Their Identity Stolen? [Infographic]

Children are targeted up to 35 times more than adults for identity theft

Knowing this, you should establish some rules around the Internet and divulging personal information.

Follow these six simple steps towards safeguarding your children’s online identity:

  1. Establish family rules for web use
  2. Protect that social security number
  3. Make sure you don’t miss type your URLs./li>
  4. Use STRONG passwords
  5. Check your credit regularly
  6. Check your credit card statements

Check out the infographic


Covenant Eyes Family Pricing Coming Soon

Covenant Eyes recently announced new pricing plans would be coming soon that would make using their service more affordable for families.

I participated in a usability study for the new pricing plan and I can tell you that Covenant Eyes has done a great job putting together these new options for families. If you’ve been hesitant to purchase multiple user accounts I think you’ll be please with the new pricing. Continue Reading →


6 Reasons to Use Google Calender to Plan Your Homeschooling


I like sharing great ideas and blog posts. Today I ran across an article at Kosher on a Budget about using Google Calendar for you homeschool planning. In the article, Mara explains how she and her husband use Google Calendar to coordinate their lives and homeschooling.

6 Easy Ways to Use Google Calendar

  • It’s easy to repeat events
  • It’s easy to lesson plan
  • It’s easy to customize
  • It’s easy to make changes
  • It’s easy to print
  • It’s easy to access from anywhere

You’ll need to check out the full article. It’s very helpful and for those of you who are struggling with paper planners this may be just the thing you’re looking for. Get all the details: Homeschool Lesson Plans Made Easy with Google Calendar


Diagnosing Slow Internet Speed – WHS 105

Internet Too Slow

I often get asked about how people can speed up their Internet connection. To begin with, there is no software that can do this. If someone is trying to sell you software that they claim will speed up your Internet connection avoid them. It’s snake oil. There are some very easy things you can do yourself to diagnose a resolve a slow Internet connection. Before you begin diagnosing get a baseline for your connection speed using SpeedTest.net. Run it on every device possible.

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1. Restart Everything – Shut off everything and restart devices in this order: Cable modem > Router > Computer(s) connected to your router > Wireless devices like iPods, iPads, gaming consoles, etc. As you start each device test your connection speed from a computer connected directly to your home router (if you have one). Most of the time the process of restarting devices will clear up the problem. If you figure out which device on your network is causing the problem you can begin troubleshooting there.

Use an Internet speed test to diagnose slow Internet speeds

2. Verify Internet connected software is working properly – It could be that you have a security update or cloud backup software that’s using up your bandwidth. It could also be iTunes trying to download a HD movie. Check various software packages to make sure they’re not the cause. A few years ago I noticed with Skype on iOS 6 that my son had on his iPod it would flood my wireless network.

3. Connect your computer to your cable modem – Most people use routers at home and the problem could be your home router. If software or other devices don’t appear to be the culprit, connect your home computer directly to your cable modem and run check your speeds. If you’re still experiencing slow speeds and you’re sure you’ve verified that all your computers and devices are working correctly the problem could be with your ISP. Pick up the phone and make the call.

Sometimes when you’re running a speed test you’ll find the culprit quickly. Maybe you get slow speeds on your child’s laptop but everything else runs great. You can now zero in on the laptop and skip all the other diagnosing. Problems that affect every device on your home network can be a little more difficult to ferret out so you need to be methodical in your approach to resolving the problem.


Choosing the Right Tablet for Your Homeschool
Workshop at Faithful Heritage LEAH on April 14, 2014 at Eastport Bible Church in Eastport, NY at 7:30PM (via Skype). More details to come.

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