18 June 2017
With school officially out of session, more kids are on social media and the web. Online predators can use this time to find their next victim. It’s important to not only worry about who approaches your children on the street, outside of your home- but now, online. Here are some tips to keeping your children safe when using technology (always) and in the summer. 1. Limit time online sessions and use of mobile devices 2. Be sure not to give out personal information 3. Play particular games geared towards the appropriate age groups 4. Encourage more reading and off-technology activities 5. Don’t allow children to internet chat with someone they don’t know 6. Have all-access to children’s social media accounts 7. Make sure children don’t share passwords with anyone but a parent or guardian 8. Monitor photos that are being uploaded Check out the Attorney General’s internet safety webcast on August 2. Also, check out this site: https://safesmartsocial.com/ for information for parents, teachers, and students for guidelines in cyber security.
07 April 2017
In our digital-oriented world, whether it be for work or leisure- we’re sending countless emails a day to friends, colleagues, clients, and more! Most of our business’ public-face is made up of social media, online ads, and e-newsletters- so don’t neglect your ability to tune up your one-on-one email. BEcourteous. BEeffective. A few common rules: NO SHOUTING No emojis in formal messages Try to write short paragraphs that are broken up with space in-between Create an impressive email “signature” at the bottom of your emails with your name, links, social media presences, phone number, and tagline/quote Do’s Include a title- if you don’t it’s a BIG mistake. Blank subjnect lines often get missed BEspecific- include exactly what you’re referring to, such as a meeting so recipients can prioritize your message easily BEbrief- Keep it under 30 characters so the full line will show up on smart phones Use a courteous greeting Make it personal Read your email before you press send Don’ts Use the words IMPORTANT or URGENT- unless it’s a truly pressing matter Shorten the recipient’s name Use too many acronyms- not everyone recognizes or understands them Overdo punctuation- too many !!! and ??? can seem unprofessional and rude