August 6, 2011

Parents: Forget Monitoring

1 Social Networking Is Good and Bad for Teens

Social networking involves both risks and benefits for teens, and parents shouldn't bother wasting their time secretly monitoring their children's online activities. Presenting at the APA convention, Larry Rosen of California State University discussed the effects of social media on children. He said that teens using Facebook more often display more narcissistic tendencies, while young adults with a strong Facebook presence show more symptoms of psychological disorders. However, Rosen also says that young adults who spend more time on Facebook are more skilled with "virtual empathy" for online friends. Rosen said that kids can quickly find a way around online parental monitors. He encourages parents to talk with kids about appropriate technology use early and build trust.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Teens Who Drink Spend More Time Online

Tags: Parental Controls, Computer Monitoring, Social Networking Impact Kids, Benefits Social Networking, Harmful Impact Social Networking, How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids, Facebook Habits Kids

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Lifesaving Technology Vulnerable

2 Hacking of Medical Devices Real Possibility

A demonstration by Jerome "Jay" Radcliffe, software expert and diabetic, at DefCon illustrated the serious threat that hacking poses to medical devices with wireless connectivity such as the insulin pump he wears, pacemakers and blood pressure cuffs. His company had him hack his own pump and all he needed was his serial number to adjust the dosage levels and shut it off remotely. As a precaution, the model of his insulin pump was kept a secret and he did not provide information on how he did it so the company can fix the vulnerability and those in the computer world are not tempted to try it. Radcliffe succinctly summed up the extreme danger of hacking a medical device when he said "We are not talking about $200 dollars on someone's credit card. . .We are talking about somebody's life."

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Wireless Heart Defibrillators Could Become Reality

Tags: Insulin Pumps, Hacking Medical Devices, Medical Devices, Pacemakers, Blood Pressure Cuffs, DefCon, Jerome "Jay" Radcliffe, Hackers

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