Do you use 2-step verification to secure any of your online accounts? It is the solution that Apple recently announced to secure iCloud after a few high-profile cases where celebrities had certain … um … selfies stolen from their cloud backup.
I’ve written about 2-step verification (also known as 2-factor authentication) many times over at Surfnetkids Tech Tips. And this week I wrote a piece at WordHer on how to use 2-step verification to secure your WordPress blog.
For those just wanting to know what 2-step verification is, here’s a short definition I posted this week.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Internet Safety Games
Internet Safety Games Printable(** for Premium Members only)
This week’s roundup is all about online games that teach Internet safety. The topics covered by these games are diverse, and although some are created specifically for kids as young as seven, others are created for older teens and grownups.
Digital Passport is published by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization that promotes digital citizenship. Although full access requires free teacher registration, Digital Passport does offer sample preview games. Designed for grades three to five, each of the five modules includes video and an interactive game, and they take about forty-five minutes to complete. Topics covered are cellphone usage, online messaging, cyber-bullying, effective search, and creative mash-ups.
FBI: Safe Online Surfing
“Visit all of the characters on the island to learn how to surf the Internet safely. Complete all of the lessons and click on the exam balloon to take the Internet Challenge.” With separate games for each grade from third to eighth, this FBI site is my pick of the day because of the beautiful graphics and grade-specific curriculum. In order to take the quiz at the end of the lessons, your teacher will need to sign up for a free account.
NetSmartz is a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Kids, tweens, and teens each choose their own portal, as can parents and teachers. Each portal has its own assortment of educational videos and games. Topics include password safety, stranger danger, privacy, gossip, identify theft, sexting, inappropriate content, online predators, digital literacy, and cyber-bullying.
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Internet Safety Games Printable
Online Safety Printable
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Quote of the Week
“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” ~~ Jacques Barzun ~~ (November 30, 1907 – October 25, 2012) French-born American historian of ideas and culture. Read more education quotes at www.lightafire.com.
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