The sheer volume of internet pornography available to your child at the click of a button is staggering. Early exposure to pornography is psychologically damaging, socially inhibiting, and inherently addictive.
The level of dopamine released when a child views pornographic or suggestive images at this age will give them a high like no other. This increased dopamine can lead to sexual addiction and a lifetime of failed relationships, and loneliness.
The graphic, degrading pornographic images and videos now available on the internet warp the user’s sense of positive sexuality. Internet pornography scenes depict acts void of any romance, intimacy or meaning.
A recent report by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children or (NSPCC), a UK based charity claims nearly a third of children between the ages of 11-18 believe internet pornography dictates the way they should behave in a sexual relationship. Many of the adolescent girls who participated in the study feel constant pressured to look and act like porn stars, just to get the attention of the boys in their school.
So, what can responsible parents do to fight this ever-growing problem? (to be cont…..)Read More
Young people are using new technologies at ever-increasing rates, with 93 percent of young people now online, 73 percent on MySpace or Facebook, and 75 percent owning cell phones, up from 63 percent who owned cellphones in 2006, according to data from the Pew Internet American Life Project.
This overwhelming number will only increase in the upcoming years. The internet is a valuable research, education, and communication tool for our children. However, when a child is not educated on safe internet use and given proper supervision, the online world can be a very dangerous place. Careless internet use can lead to involvement with sexual predators, ridicule and embarrassment. Many children who spend too much time on the internet become uninterested in outside activities and display social anxiety and withdrawal.
I’m going to cover 5 major problem areas of child internet use parents should be concerned with; bullying, inappropriate content, child predators, internet addiction, and poor socialization. I’ll give a brief definition of each with useful tips to keep your kids safe.
Cyberbullying occurs when a child is tormented, harassed and specifically targeted by another child using the internet or other digital technologies. Children have killed each other and committed suicide because of cyberbullying.
Teach your kids these tips to protect them from online bullying:
- Refuse to pass along cyberbullying messages.
- Tell their friends to stop cyberbullying.
- Block communication with cyberbullies; delete messages without reading them.
- Never post or share their personal information online (including full name, address, telephone number, school name, parents’ names, credit card number, or Social Security number) or their friends’ personal information.
- Never share their Internet passwords with anyone, except you.
- Talk to you about their life online.
- Not put anything online that they wouldn’t want their classmates to see, even in email.
- Not send messages when they’re angry or upset.
- Always be as polite online as they are in person.
Source: National Crime Prevention Council
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Due to popular demand, Geeks@Site has decided to expand their hours of operation to better serve their customers. They are still open their normal hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. M_F. But, their computer repair shop will now be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are still located in their local Federal Way office at 402 S 333rd Street.
As always, they are also available outside of work hours, by appointment only.
Cable television prices are outrageous these days. With many cable bills running upwards to the $100.00 or more range and prices on the increase, it makes good financial sense to find cheaper alternatives offering better selection (with fewer commercials). Here are four ways to improve your viewing experience, cut down on commercials and pay less money for a better television experience.
Mounting an old set of “rabbit ear” antenna on your television allows you to get close to 50 stations at no cost. Many people are not aware of this simple trick. It really works though.
Another alternative to cable television’s high costs and loads of advertising, is Netflix Streaming. For 7.99, you can order Netflix Streaming, which has many of your favorite television shows in their library for viewing, season after season, if you like. They also have classics like “The Brady Bunch” and “I Love Lucy”. In addition, you get the extra value of streaming movies. The benefits of Netflix are many. You can watch your favorite shows commercial free any time you want. You can also hook up your computer to the television set and watch Netflix right off of our TV. The main drawback to Netflix is you will not get the most current television programming.
Hulu Plus is another alternative to cable television. Its cost is also 7.99 per month. It is very much like Netflix streaming. However, it does not have as large of a selection of content as Netflix. The big advantage of Hulu Plus though is that its television content is more up-to date. Many of your favorite programs are available with current or near current episodes. There are some ads on Hulu Plus as well, which is another strike against it when compared to Netflix Streaming.
Finally, we come to Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime costs $79 per year. Amazon has long been a player in the internet space. They are now offering a streaming video collection as well. The selection on Amazon Prime is very similar to what is on Netflix. The downside is that on Amazon Prime you pay a yearly fee, whereas with Netflix you can pay month-to-month and cancel any time. One advantage of Amazon Prime is that you get free shipping on other Amazon items as a member.
There is also a lot of free television viewing you can find on YouTube or different network websites, like TBS or NBC.
There are so many alternatives now to standard cable television on the market which give you custom viewing, little or no advertising and lower cost, why keep paying that high cable bill?
Do not forget though, you will still need an internet connection, which can run anywhere from 29.99 to 70.00 depending on the speed and type. Most households need an internet connection anyway. So let us breakdown the cost of adding all of these alternatives versus the cost of traditional cable television.
Local Television “Rabbit Ears”-Free
Netflix-$7.99 + tax per month
Hulu Plus-$7.99+ tax per month
Amazon Prime $79.00 per year or $6.59 per month
Adding all of these packages together would only cost you a grand total of $23.00 a month, plus you get to choose what you watch, when you watch it and limit the amount of mind-numbing advertisements, you have to sit through. I challenge you to find any cable television package for $23.00 a month.Read More
The extended support for Windows XP will end 8/4/2014. What does this mean to users?
Will Microsoft offer support beyond the Extended Support phase?
Microsoft understands that local laws, market conditions, and support requirements differ around the world and by industry. For this reason, Microsoft normally offers custom support for 10 years. This Extended Support includes assisted support and hotfix support. and occasionally extends beyond 10 years. Strategic Microsoft partners like Geeks@Site can offer their own custom support indefinitely.
Customers and partners can contact their local Microsoft representative for more information. In Federal Way, Geeks@Site is a Certified Microsoft Representative.
If my program is currently supported under the Support Lifecycle Policy, and my operating system is no longer supported, can I still receive support for the program? For example, can I receive support for Microsoft Office 2000 running on Microsoft Windows 98?
In this example, if the problem is specific to Microsoft Office 2000, Microsoft will provide support. If the problem is caused by the combination of both Microsoft Office 2000 and Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft will not support the issue. Basically, Microsoft will only support the issue if it is a supported product, not a combination of a supported and no longer supported product.
There are some who believe Microsoft will be extending this deadline because so many large corporations are still running Windows XP. However, Geeks@Site will be here to service your computer for years to come either way.
So, stop by Geeks@Site for help with any of your Microsoft products which are currently unsupported by Microsoft.
Over time, using standard keyboards can be hard on your eyes. In addition, inputting the wrong keys can take you to web content and sites you don’t want to go to. These new EZ Eyes keyboards are great for anyone who is visually impaired, uses a keyboard for long stretches of time, or just likes the fun, attractive style of the keys.
With letters 4x larger and higher contrast colors than a regular keyboard, the ZK-520 keyboard suits your eyes perfectly. The keyboard uses an easy USB interface and is plug and play compatible with both PCs and Mac computers.
For a limited time only, we are offering them here at Geeks@Site for only $10.00 a piece. Stop buy our shop in Federal Way and pick one up today!Read More
Computer repair technicians are a dime a dozen. Here are a few hints to help you find the right one:
1. Make sure your technician is certified. CompTIA is the industry trade association for computer professionals. Their basic certifications are A+ and Net +. These are difficult certifications to get, but are a great assurance that your technician has at least minimum competency.
2. Computer professionals working out of a shop are always a better bet than someone working out of their home. Having a physical location adds an extra layer of legitimacy to the operation.
3. Ask around. Who are your friends going to? Are they happy?
4. Check with your local Chamber of Commerce. They often have great recommendations for computer professionals that live and work in your community.Read More