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How to disable location on your mobile device
California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office has published an information sheet titled Location, Location, Location: Tips on Controlling Mobile Tracking. The key advice in that sheet, how to disable mobile tracking on Android and iOS (iPhone and iPad) devices, is reposted below.  The tip sheet also includes location sharing advice for mobile versions of Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook email. Also see ConnectSafely’s A Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones. Android Phones and Devices: Go to Settings, then Permissions, then Location and turn it off. When an app asks for access to your location, you can choose to grant it or not. To disable geo-tagging of photos, open the camera and then click on the gear icon and set location to “No.” You may have to click the gear icon on several screen layers. You can also choose how accurate you want your location reporting to be (with Location services On). High accuracy mode uses GPS, WiFi, and cellular networks and provides the highest location accuracy and speed, and uses more battery. Battery saving mode uses WiFi and cellular networks to estimate your location, which require less battery. You give up some accuracy and some speed when you select this mode. Device only mode uses [...] Continue reading

Media Literacy Week and the U.S. election process
— Click above to listen to Larry Magid’s conversation with Michelle Ciulla Lipkin of the National Association for Media Literacy Education by Larry Magid The United States is about to celebrate its first Media Literacy Week (@MediaLiteracyEd) as Canadians have done for the past decade. While the week is not directly related to the U.S. elections, it does coincide with the early stages of both parties’ primary campaigns, which strikes me as a great time to think about media literacy. Very few of us will have a chance to meet any of the candidates face-to-face so what we know about their records, their platforms and their promises comes from the debates, the sound bites we see, hear and read and the analysis of pundits, spin doctors, commentators and reporters. The United States inaugural Media Literacy Week takes place as both the Democrats and Republicans start the process of figuring out who will represent them in the general election in November, 2016. But next year’s Media Literacy Week will take place the week before every U.S. citizen aged 18 or older can go to the polls and exercise that precious right to help make that important decision. Sadly, not everything we hear from the candidates or their supporters and detractors [...] Continue reading

Teen Health and Wellness

The Dangers of the “Teatox” Fad
You’ve probably seen it on Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media: a celebrity hawking a tea that promises to “detoxify” your body and help you shed weight. Companies pay celebrities like the Kardashians to promote their teas, though many of these posts are not clearly labeled as advertisements. While not all of these “teatox” products list their ingredients, the active ingredient in most is senna, a laxative. Health experts worry these products could contribute to eating disorders and unhealthy dieting. Abusing laxatives is a common practice in those with anorexia or bulimia.

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens Face Many Health Risks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its first study of gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) teen health. Compared to heterosexuals, these teens face higher rates of sexual assault, physical dating violence, bullying at school, and cyberbullying. In many cases, GLB teens are two or three times more likely to face these issues. The study also found these teens were up to five times more likely to use illegal drugs. In addition, 13 percent said they’d recently skipped school because of safety concerns, and 40 percent said they’ve seriously considered suicide in the past year.

Teens Stun at Rio Olympics
The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, have showcased some incredible athletes, including many still in their teens. American swimmer Katie Ledecky, 19, has set new world records and earned four gold medals. Simone Biles, 19, and Laurie Hernandez, 16, are two members of the championship U.S. women’s gymnastics team and have become Instagram stars. Biles has picked up four gold medals. Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak, 16, has earned a gold medal (and a shout-out from hip-hop artist Drake that got social media buzzing). The youngest Olympian in Rio is Nepal’s Gaurika Singh, only 13 years old!

“Ice Bucket Challenge” Helps Lead to ALS Breakthrough
Two years ago, everyone was drenching themselves in ice water thanks to the “ice bucket challenge.” This viral charity effort ended up raising $220 million for research into fighting ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The bump in funding has led to breakthroughs in the fight against ALS. Over the past two years, scientists have identified three different genes that are responsible for causing the disease, giving them hope of developing effective therapies. ALS affects the body’s nerves and muscles, eventually leading to death.