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Safe Teens - Net & Cells

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

Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube Vow to Halt Hate Speech
Social media can be a place where racists spread messages of intolerance and terrorists radicalize young people. In order to promote a respectful online environment, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Microsoft have pledged to review hate speech, and other racist, violent, or illegal content posted on their sites, within 24 hours. They have also agreed to push content that promotes tolerance and non-discrimination, helping to prevent hate speech from going viral.

Deadliest Shooting in U.S. History Leaves 49 Dead, Many Injured
Early Sunday morning, a gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring at least 53 others before being killed by police. The tragedy is the worst mass shooting in American history. President Barack Obama referred to the attack as “an act of terror and an act of hate” and called Sunday “an especially heartbreaking day for all our friends—our fellow Americans—who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.”

FDA Approves Nutrition Label Makeover
Over the next two years, changes to “Nutrition Facts” labels will help teens and adults make smarter food choices. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the changes, including more prominent calorie counts, more realistic serving sizes, and a new line that specifies how much added sugar is in a product (as opposed to natural sugars, like those from fruit). The average teen consumes more sugar than doctors recommend, and many consumers may have unrealistic expectations of serving sizes. The new labels will include columns that clearly show nutrition facts “per serving” and “per package” for foods that may be consumed in a single sitting, like a pint of ice cream.

Suicides in Young Teen Girls Rise Sharply
Over the past 15 years, suicide rates have increased slightly among Americans. However, suicides in girls age 10 to 14 have tripled in that time. Health experts are not sure why. It is possible young teens are not receiving treatment for depression when they need it. Girls are going through puberty earlier than ever, and some experts believe that is also a factor. Puberty is associated with the onset of certain psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety.