Hot Topics – Family Separation

The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border, explained, Vox. June 15, 2018 Bipartisan Group of Former United States Attorneys Call on Sessions to End Family Separation, Medium. June 18, 2018 Zero Tolerance and Maximum Trauma: An Early Analysis of “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation”, Medium. June 20, 2018 Separating kids from parents at the border mirrors a ‘textbook strategy’ of domestic abuse, Business Insider. June 20, 2018 Migrants told they’ll be reunited with children if they sign voluntary deportation order: report, The Hill. June 24, 2018 Empathy, but also realism, are necessary in facing immigration, Boston Globe. June 25, 2018 Sponsors of Migrant Children Face Steep Transport Fees and Red Tape, New York Times. July 1, 2018 The government separated immigrant families. But officials still won’t say exactly how many kids are in custody, CNN. July 5, 2018 For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can, NPR. July 9, 2018 The Facts Behind the Headlines: Family Separation, Americans for Immigrant Justice. Retrieved July 9, 2018 Family Separation in Court: What You Need to Know, ACLU. July 10,...

Hot Topics – Social Media and Big Data

Facebook data harvesting: what you need to know, The Conversation. April 3, 2018 Facebook reveals the 87 million accounts affected by privacy violation — what to do if you’re one of them, MarketWatch. April 10, 2018 Facebook’s Arrogance Crisis, Newsweek. April 11, 2018 The Key to Understanding Facebook’s Current Crisis, The Wall Street Journal. March 24, 2018 Facebook Faces Growing Pressure Over Data and Privacy Inquiries, New York Times. March 20, 2018 How Big Data Became “Big Bad Data”, Forbes. April 25, 2018 3 Big Changes every Social Media Platform must make in the Wake of the Facebook Data Breach Controversy,  MarTech Advisor. April 13, 2018 Europe’s New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too, NPR. April 16, 2018 How to Save Your Privacy From the Internet’s Clutches, TechCrunch. April 14, 2018 8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Scams and Data Collection on Social Media, Joseph Steinberg. April 9, 2018...

Parental Controls

Children’s online life begins very early and sometimes they advance faster than their parents are prepared for.  Below are videos and step by step handouts on how to set parental controls for your computers and devices. Parental Controls can limit not only the kinds of games and apps that can be used, they can also set time limits and what time of day a device can be used.  They cannot, however, prevent bullying.  Although, if a child is being bullied through a certain website or app (i.e. Instagram, SnapChat), those apps can be removed from the device and prevented from being downloaded again. While Parental Controls are a great tool in the battle to keep our children safe online, there is no substitute for interaction with kids while they’re online.  Let your kids know about your expectations, Be sure to discuss with them about what they should do when face with bullying online.  Above all, talk with them about their interactions with people online–you discuss what to do when a stranger approaches them in the real world, be sure to include the virtual world too. The internet can be a wonderful place for children to learn and interact with others, but parents need to take steps to ensure their safety. Below are step by step instructions for Windows 7 and Windows 10 machines. Windows creates parental controls by having users create multiple profiles.  The parent’s profile should be the administrator and password protected.   Windows 7 and earlier versions, these profiles are created locally.  Windows 10 and presumable later versions, these profiles are created on Microsoft.com. Parental Controls for Windows...

Hot Topics – Opioid Crisis

About the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved March 6, 2018 Opioid crisis is just getting worse, The Hill. March 8, 2018 Prescription Opioids, Say Why to Drugs Podcast. April 19, 2017 How your brain is wired to just say ‘yes’ to opioids, The Conversation. February 27, 2018 Opioid Crisis Fast Facts, CNN. March 2, 2018 Health & Science The Other Opioid Crisis: Hospital Shortages Lead To Patient Pain, Medical Errors, The Washington Post. March 16, 2018 Attorney General Sessions Announces New Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force, Department of Justice. March 10, 2018 The War on Drugs 3.0, The Atlantic. March 26, 20118 President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, Whitehouse.gov. March 19, 2018 Legal Action Center’s Response to President’s “Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand”, Sober Law News. March 22,...

Hot Topics – Montana Public Lands

Wilderness Study Areas of Montana, Our Land Our Legacy. January 29, 2018 (pdf) S.2206 – Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act, United States Congress. Retrieved March 5, 2018 H.R.5149 – To provide that certain wilderness study areas in Montana have been adequately studied for wilderness designation,  United States Congress. Retrieved March 5, 2018 WSA release bill risks too much, Independent Record. February 12, 2018 A Montana bill takes aim at wilderness study areas, High Country News. February 3, 2018 Americans want to protect public lands, Congress should listen, The Hill. March 1, 2018 Gianforte aims to release 29 wilderness study areas; critics contend lack of public process, The Missoula Current. March 2, 2018 Gianforte Follows Daines’ Lead and Shuts Montanans Out, Montana Wilderness Association. March 2, 2018 Outdoor Recreation Is a Bigger Economic Booster Than Mining, Earther. February 15, 2018...

Adulting 101: Personal Finance

Adulting 101’s inaugural session will be about Personal Finances.  Below is an outline of the class, what will be covered, and outside sources to further your learning. Possible Topics: Money Management Borrowing Earning Power Investing Financial Services Insurance Living debt free About Credit Scores   MSU Extension Family Economics   MSU Extension Slid Finances PowerPay.org National Foundation for Credit Counseling...