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 Talk to your children about online safety

  • Use everyday opportunities to talk to your kids about being online. For example, news stories about cyberbullying or texting while driving can spur a conversation about their experiences and how you expect them to behave.
  • Clearly communicate your expectations and how they apply in an online context. Sharing your values clearly can help your kids make smarter and more thoughtful decisions when they face tricky situations. For instance, be specific about what’s off-limits — and what you consider to be unacceptable behavior.
  • Resist the urge to rush through these conversations with your kids. Most kids need to hear information repeated, in small doses, for it to sink in. If you keep talking with your kids, your patience and persistence will pay off in the long run.
  • Keep the lines of communication open. Even if you find out your kid has done something inappropriate online, listen and consider their feelings. You may not have all the answers but being honest and receptive can go a long way.

Read more from the FTC HERE.

The American Community Survey: Is it legitimate?

Yes! It's conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, but unlike the 10-year Census, this survey runs all year, every year. The survey goes to a random sample of addresses in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Read more from the FTC HERE.

Capitol One Data Breach

There's been a data breach of information collected from Capitol One credit card customers and credit card applicants in the United States and Canada. The FTC recommends checking your credit report. Read more from the FTC HERE.