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Social media takes centre stage at Reel 2 Real Film Festival for Youth | #socialmedia | #children | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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Breadcrumb Trail Links Movies Local Arts Festivals The German film MySELFie is a wonderful and soul-quenching look at a teen’s search for self. Author of the article: Dana Gee Publishing […]

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How Two College Seniors, Daniel Newman and Leor Massachi, Created Tech Startups Dandy And Zoom University — The Apps That Spearheaded The “Live” Revolution in Social Networking | #bumble | #tinder | #pof | #onlinedating | romancescams | #scams

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Los Angeles, CA, April 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Via Tomorrow’s group – With a pandemic among us, singles have taken to virtual or online dating as a way to […]

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Teen arrested for calling teachers ‘rapists’ on social media | #teacher | #children | #kids | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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CREDIT: Guardia Civil arrest a suspect. File image. A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested in Burgos after accusing his teachers of being “rapists” and “paedophiles” with photomontages on social media. […]

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NEWS: How Kids Are Buying Drugs on Social Media | #socialmedia | #children | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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The tragic overdose of 16-year-old Samuel Berman Chapman — son of TV host and therapist Laura Berman — made headlines. The news contained two components that parents should know about. […]

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#sextrafficking | Social Media Posts Describing Predators Scrawling Letters and Numbers on Vehicles, Not Proven, Says EPD and HCSO – Redheaded Blackbelt | #tinder | #pof | #match | romancescams | #scams

[Staged photo from the EPD] After receiving multiple people asking if the 1F/1C written in the dust on cars social media posts were real, we reached out the the Humboldt […] View full post on National Cyber Security

#romancescams | Social media influencer scams rise during COVID-19 | romancescams | #scams

A new report shows social media influencers are being increasingly hacked during Coronavirus by scammers looking to con adoring fans out of their money.  Influencers are usually attractive models trying […] View full post on National Cyber Security

#sextrafficking | Florida prosecutors charge 17-year-old with sex trafficking 14-year-old girl on social media | #tinder | #pof | #match | romancescams | #scams

_________________________ MIAMI – Prosecutors in South Florida have charged a 17-year-old boy with sex trafficking after he was accused of selling a 14-year-old girl online. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office […] View full post on National Cyber Security

#minorsextrafficking | Crackpot social media theories are now becoming part of the mainstream | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

The logo of Immuni app, a smartphone app to trace the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, is seen on a mobile phone, June 12, 2020. [Photo/Agencies] In a normal year, the […] View full post on National Cyber Security

#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Social Security Scammers Are Trying a New Trick

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Millions of seniors depend on their Social Security payments to help them cover their monthly bills, so if that money were to get diverted into the hands of fraudsters, they’d be in big trouble. Unfortunately, retirees are among the most common targets of financial scams — so much so that elder financial abuse has been called “the crime of the 21st century.”

A recent warning from the Social Security Administration (SSA) further drives home this point. The agency is alerting beneficiaries that — in addition to the previously common telephone scams — criminals are now faking documents and emailing them to their targets. Such documents may appear to come from the SSA and may include its official letterhead, which isn’t difficult to replicate. But complying with their instructions could result in a world of financial stress.

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How to spot a Social Security scam

Social Security scams aren’t always easy to identify, but among the first red flags to look out for in any questionable communication are poor spelling and improper  grammar. Though the agency is understaffed, it surely has room in its budget for someone to do some proofreading, so if you receive documents under its letterhead that look unprofessional, it’s fair to assume that a criminal is behind them.

Additionally, if you receive a letter that includes any of the following, you can bet it’s a scam:

  • Threats of jail time or legal action unless you pay a fine.
  • Promises of benefit increases.
  • Payment demands, particularly through wire transfer, internet currency, or cash.

If there is a problem with your Social Security account, the SSA will usually send you a letter by mail, not email. It won’t call you up out of the blue. And while you may, in some cases, be asked to make a payment, it will never be via the aforementioned forms.

If you do receive a letter from the SSA and you’re not sure it’s legitimate, call the agency back at its main number — (800) 772-1213 — and speak to a live person. And if you get an email that’s clearly suspicious, don’t just delete it — report it. The same holds true for phone scams. While you shouldn’t engage the person on the other end of the line, you should report the incident to the SSA. There’s a dedicated online form that makes that simple to do.

It’s also a good idea to create a “my Social Security” account on the SSA’s website so you can easily keep tabs on your own benefits. This is an especially wise move if you’re not ready to claim Social Security yet, but are at an age where you would be allowed to — i.e., 62 or older. If a criminal files a benefit claim on your behalf, your later legitimate application may get rejected. But if you’re following the activity on your account, you’ll be able to take action to counter the scammer sooner.

Remember, just because you’re savvy enough to avoid falling victim to a Social Security con doesn’t mean everyone is, so report criminals’ behavior when you spot it. You could be saving others from becoming victims later. But on the plus side, with age does come some wisdom. According to a recent Better Business Bureau survey, it’s millennials — not seniors — who are most likely to fall victim to financial scams. Those aged 18 to 24 were more than three times more likely than those 65 and over to lose money to such cons. So maybe you should warn your grandchildren.

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#comptia | #ransomware | Rancocas Valley High School students blocked from social media, but can stream music video – News – Burlington County Times

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Federal law requires schools to protect students from inappropriate content. Schools have different standards on what to block, records show.

MOUNT HOLLY — Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter are off-limits.

Apple TV, Amazon Prime and Hulu video are just fine.

At Rancocas Valley Regional High School, cybersecurity systems are set to block student access to social media but allow teens to stream music and video on classroom devices, according to records released after a legal appeal to the New Jersey Government Records Council.

Beginning Nov. 8, this news organization filed open records requests with all Burlington County school districts.

Four months later, on Jan. 10, district officials released the requested information while apologizing for the delay.

“I reviewed the District’s initial response which did not include all of the documents I advised them to produce,” said George M. Morris, attorney for the school district. “Not sure where there was a breakdown in communication.”

Public schools are required by federal law to protect students from inappropriate content.

The information released by area schools districts shows that they have different standards for filtering content, protecting students and staff as well as the equipment financed by taxpayers.

In October, Cherry Hill School District in Camden County discovered some of its computer systems had been locked down and some district computer screens displayed the word “Ryuk,” a term associated with ransomware attacks.

Rancocas Valley is home to some 2,100 students from Eastampton, Hainesport , Lumberton, Mount Holly and Westampton.

In addition to streaming audio and video, Rancocas Valley students are allowed to access shopping, news and media, sports and travel websites, records show. A long list of blocked content includes dating, gambling, pornographic materials, sex education, tobacco, “sports hunting” and “war games.”

So far, records were provided by Bordentown Regional, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Cinnaminson, Delanco, Eastampton, Florence, Lenape Regional, Lumberton, Maple Shade, Medford, Moorestown, Mount Laurel, North Hanover, Palmyra, Riverside, Riverton, Shamong, Southampton, Springfield and Westampton.

Similar records requests are pending with Beverly City, Chesterfield, Edgewater Park, Evesham, Mansfield, the Northern Burlington County Regional School District and Willingboro schools.

Appeals have been filed with the New Jersey Government Records Council.

Under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act, government agency must respond within seven days after receiving a request. Government agencies “must ordinarily grant immediate access to budgets, bills, vouchers, contracts,” according to the records council.

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