Cat Coode: Technically Speaking

Jan
10
2017

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Online Parental Controls

From tots to teens, here are the tips and tools you need to know to keep a watchful eye on your kids

by: Cat Coode

Some days I feel like the internet is a gift sent from heaven… and some days I feel like we’ve opened up a portal from hell.  Let’s be honest, I really love being able to reach out to get any information I want but I hate the fact that other people can reach back in, especially when it comes to my kids.

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Dec
13
2016

How to Covertly Screenshot Snapchat and Instagram

Both Snapchat and Instagram will notify the poster if you screen capture a post. Here's how to get around it.

by: Cat Coode
screenshot ig and snapchat

The whole purpose of Snapchat is to be able to send a photo that disappears after a given amount of time. Totally like Mission Impossible, only you don't get that cool voice saying "this message will self destruct in 10 seconds." Users love it mostly because they want to send 1000 photos a day of goofy faces or their cat, and don't actually want to keep them all.

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Oct
26
2016

Buzzkill Alert: These are the Apps Your Kids Use and You Need to Know About

Feeling out of the loop? These are the popular apps kids are using.

by: Cat Coode
Hottest Apps for Teens

I was teaching a bunch of teenagers a few years ago and I used the singer Arianna Grande in an example. Only I made a mistake and pronounced her name A-rianna instead of AH-rianna. Three girls in the front row giggled and were happy to point out my error in that I’m-13-so-I-know-more-than-you-do way. But they were right.

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Sep
26
2016

Clever Tips from an Internet Expert: Keeping Seniors Safe Online

And why enlisting kids to help seniors is a great idea

by: Cat Coode
Clever Tips from An Internet Expert: Keeping Seniors Safe Online | YMCTech | YummyMummyClub.ca

If you're like me, you're sitting in that sandwich generation between your young kids and your senior parents. My kids think they know everything about everything and my parents know what they don’t know. Sound familiar?

It's an interesting dichotomy, especially when it comes to technology. As the family ‘techie,’ and an internet expert, I'm always in a position of "teacher." For my kids it's to slow them down, and for my parents it's to catch them up.

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Sep
02
2016

Here's the Real Deal on Cost for Kids Sports & Extracurricular Activities

Before you sign your kids up for lessons, here is the skinny on the time and money costs from parents in the trenches

by: Cat Coode
How much do competitive sports actually cost? | YummyMummyClub.ca

I was having another butt-numbing day on a bleacher at my daughter’s swim meet when I started to ponder the actual cost of her enrollment in a competitive sport.  There is the fee for her training (lessons) and her equipment, but then how many weekends had my husband or I spent a day at a pool and how many other incidentals were there? What would this amount to if she continued in the sport and, shudder the thought, what if our other daughter wanted to pursue a different sport? I had never actually considered all of this BEFORE signing up.

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Aug
19
2016
Take This Sage Advice to Keep Your Online Health Records Safe | YMCTech | YummyMummyClub.ca

The ability to manage your family's health online allows professionals and specialists from across the health spectrum to work together - and work with you - to get you more accurate and efficient answers. The only thing they need to do this is your personal information. Is it risky or worthwhile? Good question! This is where I like to wear my multiple hats and analyze the pros and cons...

Thoughts while wearing my “Mom Hat”

Wouldn’t it be awesome:

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Jul
20
2016

The Sneaky Secrets of Your Metadata: What Are Your Apps Giving Away?

How you can control the extra information you are giving away in your photos and apps

by: Cat Coode
Metadata and Prvacy| YummyMummyClub.ca

Lingo lesson: The word meta means something that is contained within itself. Never fear, this is not the plotline to Inception (that still gives me a headache). More likely you’ll see it online in threads or forums where people throw in an inside joke or reference from earlier in the same thread and someone will say “That’s so meta”.

The term metadata is then the information about other information.  

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Jun
10
2016

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Your Social Media?

Are you a social media wizard or a noob (newbie)?

by: Cat Coode
Social Media Quiz | YummyMummyClub.ca

We are all ON social media, but how well do you KNOW social media? Are you certain about which of your information is public by default, or who owns your pictures on Instagram?

Try your hand at the quiz to see how well you know the networks, privacy settings, and terms & conditions. 

If you score high, you get the ultimate bragging rights. If you don't, you will learn a lot about your digital identity.

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May
30
2016

I Will Mother Your Child, Please Mother Mine

The night a random child was left on my lawn

by: Cat Coode
I Will Mother Your Child; Will You Mother Mine | YummyMummyClub.ca

It was a happening Friday night at our house, which translates to: I had been reading in my daughter’s room while she fell asleep and I had lost track of time. With both girls out cold, I tiptoed down the stairs to find my husband. It was 10 pm, and he was nowhere to be found. I searched every room he could be in, until I thought to open the garage door. There he was, flashlight in hand, and a look of confusion across his face.

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May
13
2016

These are the Anonymous Apps Your Kids are Using

How these online networks pose the biggest risks for kids

by: Cat Coode
Anonymous Apps and Who Uses Them | YummyMummyClub.ca

I am a very opinionated person, but when I write publicly I tend to avoid controversial topics. Why? I don’t like to offend people. I am acutely aware of the fact that everything I say online adds up to a picture of who I am and frankly I do give a shit what people think of me.

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Apr
22
2016

Why Teens Want YOUR Baby's Photos

The disturbing trend of #babyrp and how to search for your stolen photos online

by: Cat Coode
Why Teens Are Using Your Baby Pics Online | YummyMummyClub.ca

There are some messed up trends on social media but when I read about this one I was pretty surprised. Teens are role playing as parents on social media by using stolen baby pictures and passing them off as their own kids under #babyrp or #babyroleplay. Though the concept is not new, it has started spreading and is now hitting the news.

Are you at risk of having your kids pictures stolen?

Any picture that is publicly available that can be taken. These would include:

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Apr
14
2016

Baby dot com: Why You Should Consider Your Baby's Domain

On top of car seats, cribs and strollers, new parents are buying web site domains and registering email addresses. Should you?

by: Cat Coode
What does it mean to raise a baby in the new digital generation? Should you register a domain or Twitter handle for them? There's pros and cons to both sides. Here's what you need to know. | Tech | Parenting | YummyMummyClub.ca

As if being a new parent didn’t already come with a thousand questions, now we have a bunch more. What does it mean to raise a baby in the new digital generation? Do I need to secure a website domain? Do I need an email address? Should I secure a twitter handle?

Technically you can do any of these things, the real question is, should you? There are pros and cons to both sides.

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Mar
28
2016

Scam Alert: Crazy New Ways People Are Trying to Fool You Online

The true harrowing story of how one of our own YMC moms got duped. Don’t let it happen to you.

by: Cat Coode
The true harrowing story of how one of our own YMC moms got duped into sharing her computer and personal information. Don’t let it happen to you. | Tech | YummyMummyClub.ca

It was a dark and rainy evening when I got a frantic message to my device. It was one of our YMC bloggers. To protect the innocent, she has herein asked to be known as Ivanna Newpassword. Ivanna was in a panic. She was working on her Mac when she suddenly got a pop-up box saying that her software was infected and she needed to call the provided 1-800 number immediately. The box was accompanied by a beeping sound, the kind of repetitive ancient torture designed to break anyone. The box would not go away. The sound was relentless. Ivanna called the number.

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Mar
04
2016

How Disney Uses Big Data to Track Your Every Move

They may know more about you than the NSA, but it's all in the name of great service. And it works.

by: Cat Coode
Disney Parks - Planning Your Visit | YummyMummyClub.ca

Recently I had the privilege of visiting Disney World in Orlando with my family – or maybe the word ‘privilege’ depends on how much one likes to stand in long lines.  No matter, we thought our school-aged kids would love the trip so started some research and booked online just over two months in advance. Shortly after booking I began to get a barrage of emails from Disney about all the services I could take advance of, ahead of time, by using their online portal. It was so easy. All I had to do was create an account...

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Feb
29
2016

New Kids Website 'Kiddle' is not Google. Then what is it?

This new kids search site is the talk of town, but it's not what you think it is.

by: Cat Coode
Kiddle a New Site for Kids Searches | YummyMummyClub.ca

Kiddle has hit the internet and the parents are going wild. Media outlets everywhere are touting "Google's new kid-safe search site" as being highly overdue. Twitter is a buzz with excitement. Only one problem: Kiddle is not a Google company. The creators of Kiddle are either genius or on their way to massive lawsuit. Let's take a look at the front page:

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Feb
18
2016

Tech Check: Preventing Kids From Being Lured Over Social Media

Do you know your children's friends online? More importantly, do they?

by: Cat Coode
Preventing Internet Luring of Your Kids | YummyMummyClub.ca

Every parents nightmare: York Region police have arrested 40 year-old Donald Richards for luring a minor through social media. Richards had created a fake Facebook profile as a 25 year-old woman named Jennifer Jackson. Under this identity, he gathered public data about and made contact with a 12 yr-old boy. They engaged in chats that eventually turned sexual. The chats were found by the boy's mother, who then reached out to the police. 

There are two techniques at play here:

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Feb
16
2016

The Shocking Permanence of Your Online Data

How online posts, pictures and messages can ruin your reputation, even years later.

by: Cat Coode
The Permanence of Your Online Data | YummyMummyClub.ca

Many Canadians have watched the unfolding trial of Jian Ghomeshi, a radio personality charged with sexually assaulting a multitude of women. In this he-said-she-said case, evidence is scarce, except... digital evidence. The defense’s main case revolves around using emails the women wrote in 2003.  This has brought up the questions of where did these old emails came from, and how permanent is your online data online?

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Feb
04
2016

This Year's Hottest Teen Slang Revealed

You too can be cool AF... or at least avoid having no chill

by: Cat Coode
Do you need a little help deciphering your kids' lingo this year? You too can be cool AF... or at least avoid having no chill. | Tech | YummyMummyClub.ca

Ask.fm, a popular social network site, scoured their pages and compiled a list of the 20 hottest slang terms and acronyms that teens are using. Though terms tend to vary from network to network, this is a good overview across the board. This list should keep you from saying or doing something embarrassing - like inviting your kids to come watch Netflix and Chill. 

1.  TBR - To Be Rude. Said before someone reveals a harsh truth: "TBR I think you suck." Seems redundant on rudeness.

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Feb
02
2016

Looking for Love Online… The Safe Way

What the terms and conditions actually say about your data

by: Cat Coode
online dating safety tips | YummyMummyClub.ca

Online dating has become extremely popular. According to Statistics Brain, as many as 17% of last year’s marriages were people who have met online. Not surprising in a digital age.

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Feb
01
2016

How -and WHY- You Need to Pick Better Online Passwords

Your passwords are the keys to your valuable personal information

by: Cat Coode
How to choose a secure password | YummyMummyClub.ca

Recently, the top 25 most common passwords were published and the list was full of predictable choices such as 'password', '1234' and 'qwerty'. And to show the signs of the times, 'starwars' and 'solo' also made it to the top.

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