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Simple tactics for Parents; and their child’s electronic device use.

About myself: I have been in some area of IT troubleshooting starting professionally as early as 1997. I am a full time parent of 3 children; my family is blended with a 4th stepdaughter that spends time with us about once a month. I am not nor do I proclaim to be a child development specialist, however as I progress with my series I will do my best to provide supporting reputable sources.

Notable about this series, I will endeavor to only use what is available on your electronic device as ‘out of the box’; I personally will not be endorsing/creating and kind of specialty software/app/download for this series.

Simple tactics for Parents; and their child’s electronic device use.

  1. Your child needs to understand that nothing they do per say online is private. If your child is too young to fully understand this concept then as a parent it might not be a good idea to hand your child that device connected to the internet.
    1. Common practice among parents; In moments of absolute desperation I have given my young children my cell phone, after changing the phone to airplane mode. Again a practice that should be very limited.
    2. “…the more parents use iPads, smart phones or similar devices to calm their kids down, the less likely the kids are to learn how to calm themselves down naturally. In other words, if kids are constantly pacified with an iPad, they won’t be learning the skills to come down from a tantrum.” Here is the complete article from a reputable source: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/toddlers-obsessed-ipads-hurt-development/story?id=18855537

Returning to the original point about internet and privacy; Parents need to set a foundation of having all of the passwords for the access accounts on the device. Parents own the passwords, NOT the child.

Pro: From your own device you can look at the history of your child online activity. (Video)

  1. Example: For my seven year old daughter does not know any passwords to access any electronic device in my home. This includes but not limited to, login for basic access, wifi, game access, YouTube access, Netflix, ect. When she is allowed limited access either myself or my husband must log her on, the device use must also be in a public setting –for all to see what it is she’s doing.

For example on an Android tablet, a Gmail account is required for YouTube access and app purposes. Parents should have all of the information for these accounts, Username and Password.

Here is some basic information about Gmail accounts: Item 12 of Terms of Service. “If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the Service…”

??? As a side note: if you are that overly confidant parent in trusting your child with exclusive knowledge of electronic username and passwords – you do not belong here, and should likely continue in blissful ignorance.

 

 

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Smoke Screen

trending 070115So I was mindlessly wasting time on Facebook…Looking at junk FB friends like, no offense very few people on Facebook have original thoughts anymore. When did Facebook/Society experience this shift?

Back to the title, I noticed a bar on the right ‘Trending’. I glanced at the top three and thought to myself, that’s petty. So I dared to click on ‘see more’, I realized this is the FB version of look at what other people are looking at.

I went out and found some real news. Just on the fly…

This is part of the New national Military Strategy article posted July 1, 2015:

” Obama administration wants to ‘support China’s rise and encourage it to become a partner for greater international security,’ ” Military Times

Aside from the above snippet this Strategy/Article is a pretty big deal, and on many levels something that should demand public attention. Paragraph three should have people waking up and paying attention. Yet what’s trending strikes me purely as a smokescreen; Like a crooked sales men, forcing a pile of rainbow balloons in your face, in hopes you wont notice the rusted lemon he wants to force you into.

Just for fun here is the Wiki on the type of type of government our current administration wants to support;

“…positions of significant power in the state structure and in the military are occupied by members of the Communist Party of China which is controlled by the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China, a group of 4 to 9 people who make all decisions of national significance.”Government of China Wiki

How petty is it that gay marriage should rule the media, when our current administration openly supports communism? Let me repeat that, OUR CURRENT ADMINSTRATION OPENLY SUPPORTS COMMUNISM!

I didn’t search this stuff out, it was really a random moment of just seeing what else is going on out there. I was not looking for the next conspiracy theory.

For all of those people with their Rainbow colored glasses on, I’m glad you stand up for something. Could you please take your glasses off, and for a moment look past what is being force fed to you. I am indifferent to same sex marriage, however I am profoundly against the US, (federal & state) further slipping away from the power of the people.

How can anyone; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pink, Purple, Black, White, Religious, Spiritual, Atheist….Living man or women, think or say that gay marriage is the most important issue that this nation needs to address? I will get back to gay marriage once…the education system is fixed, the federal government gets out of micromanagement, after the police officers once again genuinely serve and protect the people.

I honestly believe the US can once again be for the people. However as long as we are divided we shall fall for anything. Media is always looking for the sensational hot buttons, I cant blame then that’s how they make money. But people need to wake up, and look at what is really going on around them.

I just don’t understand why so many people keep following the carrot.

Retrospect Journal – Being a Woman in an IT Support role: Starting at the End.

Now I understand why so many women start an IT career and leave it. Collectively I’m over 15 years in some sort of an IT support role. I have enjoyed the work, solving puzzles, and the reward of having provided a solution. The people I have supported, and interacted with has also been tremendously rewarding, (honestly the ‘jerks’ I have supported have only made up about 1% in all). So having said all of these positive things, why do Women leave their IT career? For me, it was my boss, my bosses boss, being guaranteed a smaller pay check because of my gender, and a lack of promotion/recognition. There are some other matters such as being treated as incompetent, but this I always tried to twist into being a benefit – people reveal allot if they believe you are stupid. All of these negative matters were not always the case, I have had some excellent bosses, recognition, and fat paychecks that exceeded my male counterparts.

I believe from my own experiences, Women do not leave their IT career for a lack of understanding or ability in their chosen field. Women leave because they must constantly prove their ability, even when their talent is above and beyond their male counterparts, most of all their management. For example in my last job by the numbers, I exceeded both of my male senior managers, (yes they were expected to do the same work as me.) Again by the numbers, I closely met a male counterpart, for whom he had another person help him ‘stack’  his numbers – that is creating and closing tickets; I did this task independently, meeting and exceeding expectations without recognition, (yes I’m bright enough to pull the numbers from the database, I am an efficiency geek). My male counterpart who had less time on the job was promoted within a few months, and I on the hand (at 7 months pregnant) was let go without notice or reason. Thinking about all of this makes me sick.

A snapshot of who I am now IT/Education:

  • Well over 19 Computer certification, (MSN, Dell, A+) most in the area of support. 2000-2015,
  • Formal education Business major, (some computer courses to pad my GPA),
  • Started my first support job in 1997. (I will further explore my on the job experience in this blog.)

Currently I do not work, I have no plans to work for ‘the man’ ever again. I do not submit my resume to anyone, and I am regularly contacted by job recruiters. I am not listed as actively looking for employment on any website. I am another perfectly good IT professional leaving the job field.

Resume snap