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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

Zika and Chikungunya Viruses Threaten Public Health
This month, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus to be a public health emergency. Health officials suspect that Zika is linked to birth defects, including microcephaly, a condition that prevents a baby’s brain and skull from developing properly. Another virus that is spreading rapidly, Chikungunya, can cause chronic joint pain that lasts for months or even years. Zika and Chikungunya are both spread by mosquito bites. Currently, there is no vaccine for either virus.

Overdose-Reversing Medicine to Be Available to All High Schools
Last week, charity organizations and drug manufacturers announced a partnership to provide the drug naloxone to any American high school that wants it. Naloxone is a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of overdosing on opioids like heroin or prescription painkillers. Earlier efforts have increased the availability of naloxone on college campuses. Teen heroin use has been increasing, and heroin overdoses have more than tripled over the past five years.

Teen with Cystic Fibrosis Undergoes Groundbreaking Triple Transplant
Nineteen-year-old Reid Wylie of Toronto, Canada, is doing well after surgery to replace his lungs, liver, and pancreas, the first time such a triple organ transplant has been done in a single day. Wylie has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of young people. The disease can severely harm the lungs, cause diabetes, and lead to infections.

More Facebook Friends, More Stress
Researchers at the University of Montreal recently studied Facebook users ages 12 to 17. They found that teens with 300 or more friends on the social networking site were more likely to have higher levels of stress hormones. This was true even when researchers ignored other stress-causing factors, like school. High stress levels can contribute to depression, weight gain, and other health problems.