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Kids And Sensible Social Media Use

Jun 27, 2018
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Social media may no longer be a new frontier for the experienced, but educating children about safe and responsible use is a changing dynamic. We look at ways for kids to stay (occasionally) plugged in while staying safe.

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The Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific warns if you see a housing rental ad that looks too good to be true - it probably is and it might steal your identity as well. Veronica Craker of the BBB joins Idaho Matters to parse out some of these scams, what to look for and what's at stake.

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High speed broadband net access is vital in today's culture. Businesses rely on it for supply, sales, research and promotion. It connects students to classrooms and educational opportunities unheard of just 20 years ago. On Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we discuss efforts to connect rural Idahoans via broadband.

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The Idaho Legislature's website was hacked two weeks ago by the Italian hacking group, AnonPlus. While no data had been stolen, just a publishing of their manifesto on the site, the hack exposed vulnerabilities in governmental websites. Boise State assistant computer science professor Hoda Mehrpouyan joins Idaho Matters to discuss cybersecurity in our public computer networks.

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What happens when you turn off the internet for a year? That’s what author Esther Emery wanted to find out a few years ago when she cut the cord to all electronic devices.

Emery and her husband lived in Idaho, met in the Panhandle, and later moved to southern California. She had a successful career. But marital infidelity, giving up her job to become a stay at home mom and a sudden move to the east coast rocked her life.

She found her video screens became an addiction.

More questions than answers hang around Idaho lawmakers grappling over the now defunct statewide school broadband access program.

A legislative interim committee met Tuesday to begin determining whether the Idaho Legislature should attempt a new statewide broadband program.

Idaho's broadband program dissolved earlier this year after a district judge ruled the $60 million contract that created the system was illegal. This left individual school districts scrambling to secure their own broadband access contracts for the upcoming school year.

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This week, we’re going behind the scenes of Idaho’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). Since 2008, the unit has made 237 arrests in Idaho. The yearly numbers have remained fairly steady for several years, hovering between 30 and 40.

Across the country, ICAC units have seen a consistent increase in the number of people arrested for crimes against children since 2000.

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Do you know what your kids are doing online? That’s the question Tim Brady asks when he talks about his work protecting children from internet predators. After nine years shielding kids, this Boise Police detective has some advice for parents when it comes to the Internet and safety.

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This story includes graphic descriptions and language that may not be suitable for young audiences; some may find this content offensive.

Police Detective Tim Brady sits at his desk, surrounded by computer screens. He flips on a monitor and an instant-chat session is on the screen, this one recorded a few years ago. It is one of thousands of hours the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children unit, (ICAC) has spent online.

“Within less than a minute I’m bombarded with all these people that think they’re speaking with a 13-year-old girl,” Brady says.

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The five kestrel chicks made famous by the Peregrine Fund’s Kestrel Cam will be banded Thursday as they get ready to leave the nest. Banding is when scientists put bracelet-like metal bands around the birds' legs to help monitor them in the future.