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Teen Smartphone Addiction – It’s Real & Physical [Infographic]

smartphone-addictionSmartphones have been called “the world’s smallest slot machine,” and teens are hooked. 60% of teens will admit they’re addicted, and 50% say they couldn’t live without their phone for a week.

With teens now spending an average of 6.3 hours a day on their smartphones, a whole new gamut of medical issues and terminology is starting to surface, such as “nomophobia”, “text claw”, and “iPosture”. Outside of the direct impact on their health, excessive smartphone use is now leading to risky behaviors such as texting and driving. In fact, 77% of teens say they’re confident they can text and drive. But, the numbers are much more sobering. Every day, 11 teens die because they or someone else was texting during the time of the accident. Continue Reading →

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10 Battery Saving Tips When You’re Van-Schooling – WHS 163

The homeschooling year has started for many. That means long days sitting around the kitchen table reading books and listening to mom or dad lecture about Algebra or World History.

Maybe that’s the way thing go in your house but my family is out of the house a lot. That means having to do school work in the van sometimes. Maybe the kids can catch up on some reading or do math drills with one of the Kindle Fire tablets.

If your family is like ours you may find yourself running out of power for all of those devices if you’re out of the house for a few hours. That may lead to multiple devices needing to be charged at the same time. Here are 10 Battery Saving Tips When You’re Van-Schooling that will settle squabbles over the power outlets in your van.
10 Battery Saving Tips When You're Van-Schooling

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How to Prevent iOS Apps from Accessing the Internet [Video]

A number of apps that your kids are using have web browsers hidden in them. They can use those browsers to get access to the entire Internet. Here’s how to prevent that from happening.

Along with parental controls it’s a good idea to use a third-party browser like Covenant Eyes or X3Watch.

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Beware of Fake Apps for iOS That Can Steal Your Data – The Wired Homeschool

There’s a newly discovered vulnerability in iOS that could expose your family’s personal data to hackers.

Image credit: CNet

Apple iOS bug lets fake apps sneak onto iPhones, iPads – CNET

The vulnerability affects roughly 95 percent of all Apple mobile devices currently in use, according to a new report.

Want to hack an iPhone? There’s an app for that. Hackers have a new way to break into Apple mobile devices using Web pages, text messages and emails to fool users into downloading fake apps that can leak their information, according to a new report from cybersecurity company FireEye.

Read the complete article on CNet.com

As always, there are a few basic tips to remember when it comes to smartphone and tablet security:

  1. Don’t download apps from un-trusted sources.
  2. Require a PIN or password to install apps.
  3. For your kid’s devices, disable installing new apps.
  4. Install all software updates as soon as possible.
  5. When in doubt, avoid unfamiliar websites and apps.

Be on the lookout for an update to iOS soon.

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