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How to Keep Track of Family Members Online Activities : Online Safety & Wellness

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Health & Wellness
How to Keep Track of Family Members Online Activities : Online Safety & Wellness

Family safety is the main priority of every household. People are always worried about their family’s safety online. Especially parents, they always want the best for their kids and they want to keep an eye on kids’ phones. The phone is a great source of information because it collects important data about the habits and life of your family members, and this will include their possible bad behavior and suspicious activities. Below are some behaviors that can be a sign of something;

Are they very protective when it comes to their phone? Is it hard for them to leave their phone and need to have it everywhere they go? Is the phone always out of sight? (Do they place it face down?) Are they always locking their phone or have a privacy screen that makes it hard for someone to look over the shoulder angle? Do they put the “Do Not Disturb” function when they are around you to keep notifications silent or at bay? (Look for this feature on the iPhone, a half-moon symbol in the upper right corner.)

If you notice any behavior you will want to consider tracking their phone. You also need to look out for a second phone or a burner or even another Sim card (this is not that convenient, but there are some who do it). One way to find some information is by asking them for their phone when you are together and pretending that yours is dead.

It is even better if you manage to get the phone first before you ask for it. This way, they have to give you the password.

Touch ID

Once you have their phone, if they have enabled the Touch ID feature (or similar variant), go to the security settings tab, then add your fingerprint (if they have installed more than one print, delete one and replace it with yours so they don’t get suspicious). With this, you have easy access to their phone even if they change their password.

The Google Chrome Password hack

If your family member refuses to share their password when you want to do something innocent like order a cab or check the weather, or you cannot observe their code, then it can be tricky to gain access.

The good thing is some people are not that protective when it involves their computer passwords (you can easily unlock most of their passwords). Ask them for their computer for some believable reason and you are in.

When you get the computer, go to chrome, settings, passwords, and autofill.

When you get to the password log page, you will see which sites they have accessed that ask for passwords. The next step is the obscured passwords that are denoted by the character ‘****’. There is an eye icon next to it, click on it. You will be asked to type the computer password and now you can see the passwords. You can go ahead and save the passwords because you might need them. An easy way to save is by taking a quick photo using your phone (be careful with this because it is evidence that you have been snooping). You now need to be careful with your phone, keep it out of reach.

Downloading keyloggers

It is a software you can install on a computer and the other person won’t know that it is running in the background. You can have them record what you want, see the passwords, pages they visit, emails they send, even record them as they use the computer. This is creepy, but there are times when you have to do this.

Using a spyware app

This works like the keyloggers, but on a phone. If you have tried everything else but hasn’t worked, or you want to have complete access to their phone, you can install spyware like Spy Tracker on their phone and you get access to what they do. This can help you bust them once and for all. Keep in mind that there are legal ramifications if they choose to take action.

Tracking their movements

If they use Google, you can easily track their location history. Just click the ‘previous destination’ menu option on the navigation system. If they use android, click the Google Timeline feature on both the Google Maps app and online. This is going to work if they are logged in when they move about. Another option is typing ‘Find My Phone’ on the search bar to see where they are now.

If they are using an iPhone, there are a number of ways to track their location. You can tap into a family account if they have enabled location sharing (Find My Friends and Find my iPhone apps can work well in such cases). If this isn’t possible, then the next feature is very interesting because many people don’t know it is there. You can easily see their frequent locations by going to their Settings, Privacy, Location Services, System Services, and Significant Location. It is hard for most people to take time to disable or delete the settings every time they go out unless they are super-savvy. This makes it easy for you to see the locations they visit frequently.

There are many ways of keeping tabs on your family members for their own safety. You can put a super-small GPS device fixed under their car or an app like Spy Phone. When you track using GPS, you can see where they are going and you can easily check their activities.

The Bender Virtual Career Fair Tuesday, 4/14/2015

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The Bender Virtual Career Fair  Tuesday, 4/14/2015
The Bender Virtual Career Fair: Employment for People with Disabilities on  Tuesday, 4/14/2015  provides an opportunity for employers and job seekers with disabilities to connect online and network from the convenience of their home computers and offices.  The Virtual Career Fair is free for job seekers with disabilities and is open to students and alumni from 2 and 4 year colleges and universities across the United States.  Register and upload a resume today .   Additionally, Employers seeking to recruit from a talent pool of individuals with disabilities as a part of their diversity and Section 503 compliance outreach initiatives can learn more about the event and also register.

InsideOut Forum Discussion Call: Do You Still Feel Excited About Life?

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InsideOut Forum Discussion Call: Do You Still Feel Excited About Life?


On the InsideOut Forum Discussion Call this week, we shared about whether we still feel excited about life or whether we are suppressing it or blocked from feeling it. What a great discussion, full of realizations and explorations of unconscious patterns we developed in childhood! Another perspective about that nagging feeling that we are often not fully expressed and enjoying life! Join us in our online discussion. Share your perspectives and insights. We welcome you, wherever you are, whoever you are!

Teens & Cell Phones – Use, not Abuse. By Alex Lee Edited by Cynthia Brian

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Teens & Cell Phones – Use, not Abuse. By Alex Lee Edited by Cynthia Brian


            Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Tumblr. iMessage. All of them on your phone. What’s the similarity between them? If you answered that they’re all social networking sites or applications, you are only partially correct. The connection is that most of us are addicted to them. 

Let’s admit it. Every time we feel that vibration in our pockets or hear our unique jingle ring on our phones, we must check right away. We enjoy the convenience of having phones with internet data for faster access. And what’s the quickest way to check our social networking sites? OUR PHONES

Here’s a question that every teen needs to answer. “Do I use or abuse my cell phone privileges?”

          Andrew Chow, a sophomore in Lafayette said, “I think most teenagers are abusing the main purpose of using mobile phones which is using the device as a phone. Teens text or use Facebook and log into social networks too often, getting distracted from school work and other more important priorities.” 

          Christian Linfoot, a junior, also from Lafayette, said that teenagers these days “use their cell phones constantly because they communicate quickly and easily with each other and are able to stay in touch like never before.”

          Teenagers are sucked into the harmful whirlwind of social networking on their phones. We don’t even realize that we’re abusing our cell phone privileges and exposing ourselves to danger. Texting while driving has become the number one reason for adolescent accidents. When we’re using social networking on our phones, how much time are we spending actually talking face to face with our friends? 

          Many of my friends have an iPhone or some other brand of smartphone. Smartphones are the phones of dreams. They provide us with games, messaging, email, social networking, apps, cameras, address books, and more. They are not just phones but also personal assistants and entertainment systems. However, phones were originally created to help us communicate with other human beings when we couldn’t see them in person. It’s important to remember that, instead of talking to friends on social networking sites, we need to still speak with them in person.

          In my opinion, teenagers spend too much time social networking via their phones. Social networking has become an abhorrent source of bullying. According to studies done by many major universities, more than 56% of teens have said that they have once been the target of a cyber-bullying activity. Using a cell phone to degrade someone on Facebook or Twitter has the possibility of destroying the reputation and life of another person. If we don’t have the courage to confront someone in person, we should not do it online either. People feel protected by their screens, incorrectly believing that whatever they say are “just words” on a display. Nasty or demeaning verbiage or photos is never acceptable and could have a devastating and life-threatening effect on the person being bullied.

School is in session, and every teen has the responsibility of understanding that our purpose is to study and learn. Although our friends are just down the hallway, they are also at the touch of our fingertips on our phones. Before we push “send”, we need to think. Which is more important to our futures – social networking or schoolwork? Checking our cell phones constantly while at school is abusing our educational options.

My advice is to use our phones responsibly. Turn it off when we are in the classroom. If the message is that critical, we’ll receive it soon enough. Most everything can wait. Be a user, not an abuser.

Alex Lee is a sophomore at Acalanes High School and the social media reporter for #Hashtag on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio.  He enjoys watching TV, listening to music, and playing his guitar. 

Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Tumblr. iMessage. All of them on your phone. What’s the similarity between them? If you answered that they’re all social networking sites or applications, you are only partially correct. The connection is that most of us are addicted to them.

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 As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 

Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
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