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  • Terms and Conditions May Apply: Educating Children

    Posted in Internet on Wednesday, 09 July 2014

    Working in a school environment, I am acutely aware of the need to instil into the younger generation the importance of being responsible when using the Internet. When I was growing up, we didn’t have the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Ask.FM and the hundreds of other social websites. We certainly didn’t have the ability to share our photo’s on-line (the only sharing occurred when your holiday photos came back from Boots and, as was often the case, my Mother embarrassing me by showing all her friends pictures of me in some hideous get-up!). These days, social media is the norm. And even though social media websites have a minimum age at which you’re allowed to join, this is often ignored by children. For example, Facebook state that you must be aged 13 and over to use the site. I know for a fact that there are millions of children under 13 who

  • Older People Should Use Technology

    Posted in Internet on Thursday, 12 June 2014

    I had a very interesting conversation today with one of the peripatetic music teachers at the school where I work. We were discussing how technology has changed her life, and how it could change millions of older people’s lives. It’s a fact that more of the older generation are going online, the so-called “silver surfers”. Indeed, my own parents have been using computers for about fifteen years now, and most of my family that are over 60 use them. It’s a far cry from the days of my grandparents, who didn’t know about the technological world we live in today. My grandmother would have been bamboozled by the thought of being able to order your groceries on a computer and have them delivered – she walked to her local shops twice a week. However, it’s an interesting thought that with the right technology, older people who suffer loneliness could be helped

  • Could Facebook Alienate Users With Video Ads?

    Posted in Internet on Thursday, 22 May 2014

    After trialling in-line video ads in the the USA, Facebook has announced that they will start appearing on people’s newsfeeds in the UK, with the first adverts likely to start appearing in June 2014 In essence, this will mean that at you view the stories on the news feed, an advert will be inserted, and will automatically start playing without sound. If clicked, the video will expand to a full screen advert and play the sound. Each advert will last approximately 15 seconds, and will only appear if the user is using a WiFi connection. Whilst this format of advertising is not new on websites (for example, YouTube have been inserting advertising videos at the start of videos for years), I do question how this will sit with users viewing their Facebook news feeds. It cannot be disputed that the majority of websites carry adverts. After all, that’s how they generate

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  • Scam Telephone Calls - Your Computers are Sending Junk

    Posted in Internet on Monday, 05 May 2014

    If you get a call from any company saying they are working on behalf of BT, Virgin, Talk Talk and the other major Internet Service Provider (ISP) companies, discontinue the call and telephone your ISP/telephone provider. This call is a hoax. It will sound like it is coming from a busy call centre to make you believe the call is genuine. They will try to convince you that when using computers connected to your internet connection, your computers are sending junk. They will inevitably try to convince you to visit a website, or send you an email where you will be required to download/execute a file to assist you in fixing this "issue" of junk being sent down your internet. This will of course be a file that will allow them to gain access to your PC remotely, at any time, and also log keystrokes you make, as well as intercepting