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Mobicip Sponsors VSTE Summer Mobile Devices Learning Events

Thousand Oaks, CA - Mobicip.com, the leading Internet safety and parental control service for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, is sponsoring the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) Summer Mobile Learning Events.  As part of VSTE’s continuing focus on mobile learning, VSTE will be hosting mobile learning conferences throughout the month of July. VSTE Summer Mobile Learning Conferences are about “new Teaching” and “new Learning”.  Mobicip, an organization dedicated to enabling students to learn on the mobile web, is supporting this educational conference to further the causes that mobile learning empowers like digital equity and always-on access to learning.

“The interactive education that VSTE has pulled together really embodies the future of education – mobile education” says Suren Ramasubbu, Founder and CEO of Mobicip.com.  “The keynote speakers, the participatory learning games and the lessons about integrating technology into the classroom make this summer mobile learning conference series a window into the breadth and depth of the experiments in mobile learning today.”

VSTE Executive Director, Karen Richardson summarized the mobile education focus: “We are mostly emphasizing the instructional focus of these events: educators talking to other educators about how they are using mobile technologies. You'll notice some sessions on Universal Design for Learning as well as sessions on managing student use and getting organized. Mobile learning is very new in Virginia and people are interested in all aspects of it.  We are trying to meet that interest and need.”

All events are just $60 for a day of learning with continental breakfast and lunch provided. Register for the summer learning events here: http://www.vste.org/index/learn/learning_events/summer_2011

About Mobicip’s Web Filtering and Dynamic Parental Control Software
Mobicip is the most popular content filtering solution available on the App Store. The best-selling Mobicip Safe Browser app has been consistently rated among top paid apps, downloaded and used by tens of thousands of parents and several K-12 schools and school districts in the US, and was recently recognized by the 2010 Parents’ Choice Awards as a Top Mobile App. Mobicip's dynamic content filtering includes a new YouTube filter and Windows 7 Content Filter for parents and educators to ensure their children’s Internet safety while they are on the web. In addition to enabling online learning by supporting iOS-based devices, Mobicip partners with schools like Comal ISD to create custom app solutions that further enable online learning.  Learn more at www.mobicip.com.

About Virginia Society for Technology (VSTE)
VSTE is the premier professional development and advocacy organization for educators in Virginia. The Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) was founded in 1986 as the Virginia Educational Computing Association and is Virginia’s affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). VSTE’s mission is to promote excellence in education through professional development endeavors supporting the integration of existing and emerging technologies. Our vision is to be an influence in technological innovation in education and be recognized as an agent of change across the Commonwealth.

Mom! I'm not a kid! Setting Age-Appropriate Internet Rules

Kids learn and grow by pushing boundaries, which is normal and healthy, but Internet safety is one area where we as parents should consider holding the line. In the absence of appropriate parental controls, a few misplaced keystrokes can destroy a child's innocence forever. Installing an Internet filter is just the beginning. Learning how to negotiate online safety and age-appropriate Internet access rules is a major parental challenge. Here are a few Internet safety tips to make it easier.

As a parent and a developer of the Mobicip Safe Browser (a popular Internet content filtering service for the iPod touch, iPhone iPad, Windows 7 and Linux, with extensible parental controls and monitoring), I lead a team that thinks about children’s Internet safety 24/7. After exhaustive research with child development psychologists, high-tech law enforcement officials, Internet safety experts, school IT directors, teachers and parents we have developed mobile Internet safety solutions centered around three content filtering levels:
- The Elementary school level in our kid-friendly browser blocks social networking, gaming, shopping, entertainment, clothing, and news sites/content, in addition to the middle school level restrictions listed below.

- The Middle school level in the Mobicip Safe Browser blocks online shopping, gambling, dating, liquor, and chat sites/content, in addition to the high school level restrictions listed below.

- High school level in the Mobicip Safe Browser is the least restrictive and blocks adult, sexual, weapons, violence, proxy, virus and hacking sites/content.

For parents, these child Internet safety nets are only the beginning. After you've installed the appropriate Internet filters on all the devices your child has access to, then the real debate starts.

The FBI recommends that all computers, whether they are desktops, laptops or handhelds, should have parental controls and filtering installed and should only be accessed by children in a common area within full view of the parents. The Internet is not a babysitter, and children’s time online should be safeguarded with fully robust Internet safety solutions like Mobicip and be strictly limited. You can set time limits with a cooking timer, software, hardware, or a written contract (here's one about cell phone use and here's a great kid computer contract.)

The following time limits are just guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Consider them a starting point for your Internet safety discussions. Obviously every child and situation is unique. There are some children who derive great benefits from extended computer time. If you see your child flourishing with extended computer time, by all means broaden the suggested time limits.

AGE 2-5: Limit time to about 15-20 minutes a day with parental supervision.

Young children (ages 2-5) should play games (whether they are educational or not) only under adult supervision. Even pre-literate children can become addicted to Internet games and simply put, very young kids don't respect technology and might bang it about. Without child Internet safety measures, kids can accidentally open menu items and paint themselves into corners. They will need your help and now is a good time to put on parental controls and establish ground rules about how to respect computers. Don't hit this. Don't lick that. You can only access these web sites via these shortcuts or icons.

AGE 5-9: Limit time to about 30 minutes a day for play with parental supervision.  Allow more time for online schoolwork.

Once your child learns to read, it becomes more important to monitor what they do on the Internet. Now is the time to upgrade online safety and install additional Internet monitoring safeguards such as Mobicip.

If you decide to set up your child's first email account at this time (which might be necessary for many kid sites), use filtered email service providers like Zoobuh, Zilladog, Gaggle, KidseMail, etc.

Once your child has their own email account, now might also be a good time to talk about Internet filters and spam. You need to explain what it is, how you get on spam lists, how to recognize it and why they should never respond to spam. That's the easy discussion.

Here's the hard one - online safety. After a kid gets their own email account, the world can access them. You need to establish whom they communicate with (only people they know in real life) and what information they share. Kids are too trusting of Internet "friends” they meet through gaming sites. As a guideline, the Children's Privacy Protection Act says that by age 13 most kids can understand what they should and shouldn't share online.

Now is a good time to remind them that they should let you know if anyone online makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened. If they tell you about something, don't panic and don't punish the child. They did the right thing by alerting you to a problem with their online safety. You want to keep the lines of communication open between you and your child.

Age 9-12: Limit time to about 45 minutes a day for play with parental supervision.  Allow more time for online schoolwork.

As your tween (age 9-12) grows, you enter the real Internet danger zone. This is when child Internet safety and content filtering will become increasingly important because of all the questionable sites and chat groups out there. This is also the time when your child will begin to chafe at content restrictions and parental controls and want more privacy. They may want to hide their activities from you. They may get computer access at school or friends' homes that lack Internet filters. This when secretly cloning your kid's email account will really pay off.

As they start to register with different web sites, you should emphasize online safety and teach your child how to create a screen name and account information that doesn't reveal personal information such as their age, location, school, etc.

Studies show that the average U.S. kid gets their first cell phone between 9-12. (In the UK, the average age for a kid’s first cell phone is EIGHT.) Always install a mobile, kid-safe content filtering solution like Mobicip. Remember that kids email and text much more than call. (The average U.S. teenager sends 3,339 texts a month.)  Even the most basic cell phone requires mobile Internet safety solutions.

Most cellular providers have an optional package to monitor calls and text messages, limit call times, time of day they’re made and received, and logging the call history. AT&T has the Smart Limits program and Verizon has the Safe Guards program. These services complement Mobicip’s web filtering options.

Age 13-18: Limit time to about 60 minutes a day for play with parental supervision.  Allow more time for online school work.

With powerful computers in every cell phone, it is important to discuss online safety and the dangers of cyberbullying, sexting, online gambling, file sharing and identity theft. At age 13 your kids may still look like kids, but they are living in a very adult world with adult dangers. Empower them by teaching them about it.

Remind them that the Internet is searchable forever, and that sharing an inappropriate joke or photo could cost them dearly in the future. If they don't believe you, show them the latest articles when they search Facebook fired.

Hopefully, by the time they reach 18, your kids have absorbed all the important online safety lessons you’ve shared. They will be aware of potential Internet dangers and able to handle them with confidence.

About Author
Suren Ramasubbu is the Founder of Mobicip.com, a leading online child safety service for mobile Internet devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and netbooks. Mobicip's mission is to provide a safe, secure and educational Internet experience for school-age children. Mobicip's dynamic content filtering technology helps parents protect their children from a new wave of Internet hazards stemming from mobility so they can learn and love the mobile web. By delivering an online safety net through its parental control solution, Mobicip gives parents and educators the ability to safeguard their children's mobile devices.  Before launching Mobicip.com, Suren was an Operating Manager at Agilent Technologies, responsible for a division's enterprise web infrastructure strategy and team. At Agilent, Suren has led QA automation strategy, evangelized software engineering methodologies, and developed software for RF and mixed-signal electronic design automation. Suren has also volunteered as a consultant for educational technology projects and led successful United Way volunteering and fundraising campaigns. He holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
 

How Educators are Finding Ways to Mix it Up by MindShift.kqed.org

At Mobicip, we recently read a great article by Frank Catalano, "How Educators are Finding Ways to Mix it Up", published by Tina Barseghian at Mind/Shift.  The  article is full of ways teachers are increasing the use of technology and mobile learning in the classroom. Catalono writes: "It’s clear that digital resources and technology are on the upswing in schools." 

He also shares a great question and concern: "So what should education companies learn from these wildly varying, yet deep, implementations of technology in classrooms? For one, modular—and modifiable—educational content remains a strong need, as evidenced by comments from both students and teachers. It probably comes as no surprise that if these educators aren’t getting resources they can chunk and change from traditional publishers, they’ll turn—and are turning—to free content and Open Educational Resources."

Mobicip content filter is the solution for those teachers and students. Mobicip is the leading Internet safety and parental control service for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  Mobicip is now offering a new Windows 7 content filter for parents and educators to ensure their children’s internet safety while browsing the web.

The best-selling Mobicip Safe Browser app has been consistently rated among top paid apps, downloaded and used by tens of thousands of parents and several K-12 schools and school districts in the US, and was recently recognized by the 2010 Parents’ Choice Awards as a Top Mobile App. Mobicip's dynamic content filtering includes a new YouTube filter and Linux content filter for parents and educators to ensure their children’s Internet safety while they are on the web.

Mobicip at CoSN 2011 Conference - "Mobile Learning Using the iPod Touch - In Hindsight"

Suren Ramasubbu, Mobicip CEO and founder, is speaking at CoSN 2011 Conference today in a session titled: "Mobile Learning Using the iPod Touch - In Hindsight".  Watch the session in a live online stream and learn about the importance of mobile learning and child Internet safety.

His Co-presenters are:
Phil Hardin (virtual presenter via Skype), Executive Director of Educational Technology, Rowan-Salisbury School Systems, Salisbury, NC

Jennifer Wivagg (virtual presenter via Skype), Instructional Media Specialist, Comal Independent School District, New Braunfels, TX

Susan Wells (virtual presenter via Skype), Principal, Gray-Culbreth Middle School, Chapel Hill, NC

Phil Hardin, Executive Director of Education Technology, Rowan-Salisbury School Systems, Salisbury NC

Start Date/Time:     Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:00 AM
End Date/Time:     Wednesday, March 16, 2011 11:30 AM

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is the premier professional association for school district technology leaders. CoSN is committed to providing the leadership, community and advocacy tools essential for the success of these leaders. Their mission is to empower K-12 school district technology leaders to use technology strategically to improve teaching and learning.

Mobicip E-Newsletter: About.com 2011 Readers' Choice Awards Finalist

 

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In this issue...

  1. About.com 2011 Readers' Choice Awards
  2. YouTube Filter for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad
  3. Mobicip for Windows
  4. FAQ Spotlight: Are Premium Subscriptions Renewed Automatically?

About.com 2011 Readers' Choice Awards Finalist

Thanks to our users, Mobicip was nominated to About.com's Readers' Choice Awards and has been shortlisted as a finalist. Please take a minute to vote for Mobicip. Simply follow this link and click "Safe Browser".

Your help and support is much appreciated as awards like these also help educate parents and school administrators about Internet safety on these mobile devices.

YouTube Filter for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad

If you are a typical Mobicip parent, you have faced constant pushback from your kids after blocking YouTube. Did you know that you can now allow safe access to YouTube through Mobicip? Follow the steps in this tutorial to setup YouTube filtering on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad using Mobicip. We believe this is a truly revolutionary advance in creating a safe web, but If you could try it and send us your feedback, it will be much appreciated.

Mobicip For Windows

By popular request, Mobicip for Windows is available in the form of a public beta. To participate in the beta, simply express your interest via email or through the contact form. We will set you up with a free trial and send you instructions immediately.

FAQ Spotlight: Are Premium Subscriptions Renewed Automatically?

If it has been over a year since you purchased the Premium subscription, it might be time to renew it in order to keep the level of service. Subscriptions purchased in or after Feb 2010 may be renewed automatically provided the credit card information is still valid.

If the subscription is not renewed, Mobicip will continue to work on the device, but will revert to the default filtering level selected during setup. Any custom filtering settings will be ignored and no Internet activity reports will be generated. To renew your subscription, simply login at www.mobicip.com and click "Renew now".

If there are other issues or features you want to highlight to us, please send a quick note to support@mobicip.com. We will continue to listen to your feedback and fix problems as best we can.

Sincerely
Mobicip.com Crew

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Reviewed By: Scott Orgera
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"...if all else fails, (Mobicip) employs real-time content analysis to determine if a particular site is inappropriate for kids. This three-pronged approach is both innovative and effective, giving parents peace of mind while their youngsters are browsing on the go."
 

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Moms With Apps New iPhone App

The Moms With Apps developer group has created a new iOS app available in the iTunes App Store. Moms With Apps is a catalog of great children's and family-friendly apps.  Parents and educators can search by educational category and age groups to discover and learn about new apps and developers. Apple has featured this app in iTunes at #1 in the Education section's New and Noteworthy list.  Mobicip is a long standing member of Moms With Apps and is featured in the new app under, App > Parents > Education > Mobicip Safe Browser.  The MomsWithApps new app is free and you can download it here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moms-with-apps/id416039568?mt=8

To support MWA App Friday initiative, Mobicip is offering 10% off their premium service this App Friday. To get more information, visit http://momswithapps.com/2011/02/18/app-friday-mixeroo-ants-and-gunther/ and scroll to "SURF SAFELY."

Mobicip Safe Browser is a 2011 About.com Readers' Choice Awards Finalist in the Best iPad Browser Category

Mobicip Safe Browser has been selected as a finalist in the 2011 About.com Reader's Choice awards in the Best iPad Browser category. Based on the nominations About.com received, Mobicip Safe Browser has made it onto the final ballot. Between now and March 8, About.com readers will be voting for their favorite iPad Browser, and About.com will announce the winner on March 15.

To vote for Mobicip Safe Browser, visit slide #8 and click "Safe Bowser" - http://browsers.about.com/od/allaboutwebbrowsers/ss/2011-readers-choice-awards-web-browsers-voting_8.htm

This best-selling Safe Browser for the iPad is based on a path-breaking dynamic cloud content filtering engine, designed to provide a safe, secure and educational Internet for families and school-age children anytime anywhere. Mobicip's dynamic content filtering includes a new YouTube filter for parents and educators to ensure their children’s Internet safety while they are on one of the most popular sites on the web.
 

Mobicip.com CEO Speaking at TCEA 2011 - Mobile Learning Using the iPod touch? In Hindsight

Suren Ramasubbu, co-founder and CEO of Mobicip.com, will be leading a panel discussion on mobile learning at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference in Austin, Texas. His co-panelists are from Comal ISD and Jim Ned CISD.  The discussion will be held on Thursday, Feb 10, 2:00 to 3:30 PM in 19B.  We are happy to share the discussion description and direct link on the Mobicip blog: http://m.core-apps.com/tcea2011/events/7594de645fc09ef6833ea1a76692b51e

Discussion Topic:  Mobile Learning Using the iPod touch? In Hindsight
Description:  The iPod touch is increasingly being adopted as a mobile learning device by schools. In this discussion, the panel will talk about the challenges faced from different perspectives - leadership, budget, policy, deployment, device management, classroom use, and results - based on the experience from two different school districts' points of view.

At TCEA, in Austin, Texas, attendees can learn from knowledgeable presenters and highly regarded educational technology experts in the country. TCEA has something for every educator who wants to maximize his/her skills and learn more about technology integration in the classroom. More than 400 concurrent sessions and workshops will be presented on subjects from the basics to industry-leading trends and hot topics.
 

Mobicip E-Newsletter: YouTube Filter and Mobicip for Windows

 
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In this issue...

  1. YouTube Filter for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad
  2. Mobicip for WIndows
  3. Time Limits for Internet Access
  4. Safe Browser 2.5.5 Update Now Available
  5. FAQ Spotlight: Why Are My Reports Empty?

 

YouTube Filter for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad

At Mobicip, we review customer feedback constantly and try to identify common themes. One persistent request has been around safe YouTube access. While Mobicip has always filtered YouTube, it was being filtered just like any other website. Mobicip would scan the entire page and the page would then be allowed or blocked. However, in the context of YouTube, parents want us to block only objectionable videos and not the entire page or site.

In response to these requests, and given that YouTube is the most visited site among children, Mobicip has created a YouTube-specific filtering engine. This means that Mobicip scans each individual YouTube video and determines if it is appropriate for that age level.

Don't take our word for it. You have to try this to believe it. Follow the steps in this tutorial to setup YouTube filtering on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad using Mobicip. We believe this is a truly revolutionary advance in creating a safe web, but If you could try it and send us your feedback, it will be much appreciated.

Mobicip For Windows

By popular request, Mobicip for Windows is available in the form of a public beta. To participate in the beta, simply express your interest via email or through the contact form. We will set you up with a free trial and send you instructions immediately.

Setup Time Limits for Internet Access

Mobicip.com Premium users can now setup time limits for Internet access by following this link. You can restrict Internet access by time of day or days of the week.

Mobicip Safe Browser 2.5.5 Update Now Available

Please download the latest update from the App Store which includes several bug-fixes and performance improvements. Yes, updates are always free.

FAQ Spotlight: Why Are My Reports Empty?

This is the single most common question we are asked by our users and the most common reason to upgrade to the Premium service. If your reports show no activity, it probably means your setup is not foolproof. See this article to troubleshoot the setup and ensure that Mobicip is the only browser on the device.

If there are other issues or features you want to highlight to us, please send a quick note to support@mobicip.com. We will continue to listen to your feedback and fix problems as best we can.

Sincerely
Mobicip.com Crew

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Reviewed By: Jennifer Wivagg, Comal Indep. School District, Texas
 
"This app is very important for education because it allows schools to send the devices home without having to worry about what the student may access."
 

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