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Help With Posters

Is a poster in your child’s school project future? Are you in charge of an event for which you need a good looking flyer? The free templates on the Lucidpress can help. Each template is ready for customization with colors, photos and fonts. The poster then can be printed or distributed digitally. The site is great way for kids to practice using digital tools and get professional design tips.

Help With Posters

Is a poster in your child’s school project future? Are you in charge of an event for which you need a good looking flyer? The free templates on the Lucidpress can help. Each template is ready for customization with colors, photos and fonts. The poster then can be printed or distributed digitally. The site is great way for kids to practice using digital tools and get professional design tips.

Ugly List Scam

The “Ugly List” scam is making its way around again.  How does it work? You get an Instagram notification saying you've been tagged in a post. The catch? The post is called "Ugly List 2016," and it was a friend who tagged you. How mean! 

In the notification, there's a link to see the full post. You click on it, and it leads to a page that appears to be the Instagram log in. You need to enter your username and password before you can see the "Ugly List," but don't fall for it! The form is fake. It is a way for scammers to steal usernames and passwords. Once scammers have your account info, they will hack your Instagram and tag your followers in new "Ugly List" posts, perpetuating the con and stealing more information.

Watch Out for Spectacles

The company formerly known as Snapchat surprised the world recently by unveiling Spectacles, its first hardware product. The sunglasses, which record videos in 30-second increments, are expected to be available for sale sometime soon. Snap Inc., as the company is now called, says it will be producing the glasses in small quantities. Spectacles are wirelessly connected and record video snippets that get saved to a Snapchat Memories account. The camera, which looks like a circular logo on the front of the sunglass lens, has a 115-degree viewing radius meant to more accurately reflect how humans see. The glasses will cost $130, come in one size, and be available in three colors: black, teal, and coral. Images are transferred to a smartphone via WiFi. While the device is likely to intrigue children and other Snapchat users, it also brings some privacy concerns, as filming someone secretly– for good or bad – will just get that much easier.

Television Rating System Found Ineffective

Researchers have found that the TV Parental Guidelines that were put in place in the 90’s are not accurate for most programs on television today. According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, violence is prevalent across shows, regardless of rating. TV-Y7 rated shows, intended for kids age 7 and older, had similar levels of violence as TV-MA shows – shows that are rated for mature audiences only. Most people don’t realize that the networks or media divisions of companies like Netflix put the ratings on their own shows. Some suggestions from experts for parents include watching media with their kids and talking about risk behaviors they see in media such as alcohol use, smoking, sex and violence.