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Child Safety in the modern age, my take on viral video and where it failed

As a new parent, my princess’s safety is extremely important to me. Even though she is still a baby (and if I had anything to do with it, remain a little bundle of joy forever, but alas, not an option), I got pretty freaked out by the viral video currently out there The Dangers of Social Media If you have not had a chance to see it yet, here it is:

For my Vietnamese friends, here is a version with Vietnamese subtitles: http://vietnamnet.vn/vn/doi-song/256443/clip-du-do-be-gai-qua-mang–tat-ca-phu-huynh-deu-soc.html

Definitely a scared straight video for parents but I do have a couple faults with it.

  • First, some of these parents did not even blur their faces…. I think they wanted personal publicity. Also you are at the same time putting your child at risk as people in your community know who you are and will know your child’s weakness. Serious facepalm, SMH.
  • Second, I know the parents felt super strong that their child knows better than to not talk to strangers but why even setup your child like that is very traumatizing.
  • But most importantly. I completely get the reason why this person, Coby Persin, did this skit. However, he COMPLETELY failed in his goal. Why you ask? Because he gave NO resources, solutions, advise on how NOT to have this happen to other people’s children. Shame on you Coby Persin, I feel you did this more for publicity than building a real community awareness. You can https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jMhMVEjEQg and screw you for adding to your video description: For permission to use this video or other media / business inquiries/interview request email me here: – cobypersinshow@yahoo.com I check it often

Since this video is viral and DOES depict the scary facts that there are people who would (and do) perform similar acts that Mr. Persin portrayed in the film, let’s talk about how we can protect our precious children in a day and age where “Stranger Danger” has moved to the unsecure world of online social networks. Stranger Danger was a fantastic and clear cut program back in the day because it relied on in person interaction, before Facebook, snapchat, wechat, etc came into view, but in the new modern age, things have moved to behind a computer screen, tablet (iPad) and smartphones (even smartwatches). So I went off and did what Mr. Persin failed to do and researched on new “Stranger Danger” programs which I wish to share with you.

  • Facebook, actually I was pretty disappointed on their lack of support material.  First there is no clear link inside facebook site to protect my child as a parent. Even going to their “Privacy Basics” link (https://www.facebook.com/about/basics/) there is no clear resources for parents. Even as a parent who knows nothing about facebook, and I sign up my daughter for a new account and enter her appropriated birthday, I noticed no details were provided or guides to how to protect my child. As a result, I did a Google search and found Facebook’s Teen Safety page – https://www.facebook.com/safety/groups/parents/ It is a little light, but has some resources on the side.
  • National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. This is an amazing organization based in United States with a wealth of resources. If you are a parent, not sure how to talk to your children (including pre-teens and teens) check out their site, and more specifically NetSmartz and NSTeens.

So there you have it. Sound off in the comments section on your thoughts about videos, experience talking with your children or resources you found helpful to properly share and educate other parents.

Facebook… you battery hogging, social addicting app! How iOS 9 uncovered a dark truth

Like as many of you, I am a facebook “junkie”. More so, probably, because I am living halfway around the word and it is my key lifeline back to my friends and family back in the US. I am also a geek that likes technology (though I am usually a little behind the curve or I’d have to file bankruptcy for how quick technology evolves). Anyway, if I can’t afford new hardware, I try to keep up with latest software (usually free to be hip, or at least relatively cheap) and that is how we came to be in this article. I am a proud owner of an iPhone 5 (yes, 5, not 5s 😛 though I do have my eyes set on the new Windows “Premium” Phone, but I digress). Being a fan of “new” stuff, I installed iOS 9 Public Beta 2. Of its MANY tweaks and improved stability (some I will touch on in later articles), I’d like to talk about the highly improved battery management page, more specifically, the battery usage.

Apple has now made battery a priority by giving it a dedicated slot on the Settings Home Page

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After opening the Batter management page, you will see a variety of options. For this article, I am going to skip over the Low Power Mode (awesome as it is and deserves its own post) and go directly to the Battery Usage portion of the screen. This lists all the apps usage of the battery in X time frame. This listing is not new though, we had it with iOS 8, but there is a new twist… you can now get HOW the app is using it. Is it because of actual activity, background services, audio, etc. These tell tale signs are first spelled out when you open the screen:

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You can even go further by taping the clock icon next to the Time Periods, this will give you the real juicy details and where the title of this article comes into view. You see, Facebook is a killer on my iPhone’s battery for me. When I looked at iOS 9 Battery Usage, I noticed Facebook used 32% of my battery life and an extra note was listed “Background Activity”… hmm. So I tapped on the clock icon and what do I see…

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FACEBOOK! you Battery Hogging App!!!! I lost 32% of my battery and most of it was for BACKGROUND SERVICES!!! What the heck Facebook! Since Messenger is the only component of Facebook I need persistent data from and now that is a separate app which is no where in my top app usages, I jumped over to Facebook settings screen and turned off that service in a hurry!

In Facebook’s defense though, I think I know what is happening. When I am scrolling through the newsfeed, Facebook is going several entries ahead so the experience is as seamless as possible. My guess is most of that is because I jump out of facebook to look at email, Feedly or simply turn off my phone. This causes the app to run in the background (even for a short bit) to build new entries in my feed.

Even if this is true, why every time I open the app in “warm start” it actually resets completely!!!

Hey LinkedIn, could you make my feed sorter any smaller?

As I get more into blogging and the whole social networking aspect with a professional twist, I am using LinkedIn more. I noticed just the other day, how the order of my home page feed just made no sense chronologically. It dawned on me that maybe LinkedIn is playing games like Facebook and has different sort controls for the home page feed. I looked all over the home page and just could not find a sort control. Then just now I saw this weird … at top of my feed –

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Very first thought I had was that it is used to expand and collapse (in varying sizes) the status update section above the feed. You know how in many web programs with individual frames, they show the … to expand and collapse a section (including Windows 8.1 as shown below)

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So out of curiosity, I clicked on it, and wala!! there is my feed sorter:

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Can someone explain why social networks are so set on “Top Stories” and go so far out of their way to make sort of Recently Updates impossible to find????