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...

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...

“Calling B*!!$#@t” Class

Welcome to Butte Public Library’s new “Calling Bullshit” class!1 What, exactly, is bullshit? American philosopher Henry Frankfurt first coined the term in 1985, and academics have debated the question ever since. For the purposes of this class, Bullshit is language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to persuade by impressing and overwhelming a reader or listener, with a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence. Learning Objectives Our learning objectives are straightforward. After taking the course, you should be able to: Remain vigilant for bullshit contaminating your information diet. Recognize said bullshit whenever and wherever you encounter it. Figure out for yourself precisely why a particular bit of bullshit is bullshit. Provide other people with an accessible and persuasive explanation of why a claim is bullshit. We will be astonished if these skills do not turn out to be useful and broadly applicable. Discussion Guidelines Being critical and using critical thinking are not the same thing. You can disagree with opinions, but no personal attacks (a common logical fallacy). You can and should criticize issues we are discussing, based on the tools learned in the class. View news through an information literacy lens. This is not a public policy class, so we don’t need to debate the pros and cons of a specific policy or proposal. We want to understand how stories, policies, and proposals are communicated. Through the information literacy tools covered, we want to learn what and why something works or doesn’t work. Name the medium and specify the source. Is it the news media? Or social media? TV? Is it a news...

“Calling B*!!$#@t” Evening Class

Join the Butte Public Library beginning in April for an 8-week class on “Calling B*!!$#@t”. Every Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30 from April 4th-May 23rd, anyone interested in exploring the nature of arguments, facts, and thoughtful analysis is welcome as we explore the following in a course-like environment: Topics Week 1: Introduction to B*!!$#@t Week 2: Spotting B*!!$#@t Week 3: Logical Fallacies Week 4: Statistical traps Week 5: Visualization Week 6: The ethics of calling B*!!$#@t. Week 7: Fake news Week 8: Refuting B*!!$#@t According to Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West, the creators of a University of Washington course that this library class is based on: Bullshit involves language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to persuade by impressing and overwhelming a reader or listener, with a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence. Calling bullshit is a speech act in which one publicly repudiates something objectionable. The scope of targets is broader than bullshit alone. You can call bullshit on bullshit, but you can also call bullshit on lies, treachery, trickery, or injustice. In this course we will teach you how to spot the former and effectively perform the latter. The aim of this course is to help the public identify bullshit, see through it, and combat it with analysis and argument. This class does not focus on any one political ideology; both sides of the aisle have a track record of spreading bullshit. Each week will include discussion, assigned readings, and optional resources for delving more deeply into the topic. Washington Post reporter Linton Weeks believes that “In the nonstop tsunami of global information,...