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October 28th, 2011

Nearly 90% of 8-16 year olds have seen inappropriate images online. Most of them stumble upon it as a result of conducting research for their homework. With frightening numbers of pornography, child predators, and other harmful online risks, protecting your children’s online activity is a MUST.

With the following 4 features, Net Nanny Parental Controls software by ContentWatch ($29 at www.hermanstreet.com) helps you do just that.

  1. Blocks “Mature” Games. The software scans the online game for its ESRB ratings (like movie ratings, but for computer games). If the game isn’t kid-friendly, the computer blocks it.
  2. Filters Facebook. Net Nanny can provide parents with a report on who their kids’ “friends” are, what pictures and videos they are looking at, and their Facebook Instant Message conversations.
  3. Prevents Proxy Sites From Working. Content filters work by making a “blacklist” of sites that it won’t allow. If you tried to type in a blacklisted website address, you wouldn’t get very far. But there’s a sneaky way around this called a “Proxy Server.”Proxy Server web addresses are usually content neutral, so users can go there without flagging the blacklist system. Once in, your child can navigate to their original blacklisted site. Net Nanny prevents this by blocking both proxy server entries and the inappropriate website itself.
  4. Keeps Parents Informed. Whenever your child is trying to gain access to something you have   blocked, Net Nanny sends an e-mail notification to the parents.
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October 28th, 2011

We had the pleasure of once again sponsoring one of the Springfield Township Parks & Recreation T-ball teams. As usual, Team PC Miracles finished the season “undefeated”. Though, it’s rare to lose a game, if you don’t keep score! When asked what his personal favor-ite season highlight was, Superstar #12 Maxwell Izydorek said, “Hitting the ball!”. We’re looking forward to another great season next spring!

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August 30th, 2011

I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea of a Facebook application that allows you to record a message that will be shared with your friends and family after you die. While the concept isn’t a new one, putting it on a social media site certainly is.

This new application called, “If I Die,” allows you record a video message directly from your webcam (you can also draft a letter if you prefer). After recording, you are prompted to select three trustees that will be appointed to hold your message. It takes all three of those trustees to say that you are actually dead before the message is released to all friends and family via your Facebook page. Not too surprisingly, some of the videos being recorded aren’t very nice.

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