Computer Tips For Atlanta Kids

July 22, 2012 by  
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If your Atlanta children are anything like mine, they love to spend time on the computer. Instead of hopping on their bike and zipping over to 84062 to talk to their friends they would rather email or Facebook them. When I was growing up in Naples, we used cans tied together with yarn to communicate from tree house to tree house and as far as mail went we used good old snail mail.

My name is Adam Paul Green and this is my blog where I advocate for Atlanta children’s health and talk about X Power Squares. Today we will discuss the importance of teaching our Georgia kids safe habits to govern their computer time to help prevent injury. Atlanta parents and caregivers need to regulate children’s computer usage. Moderation is the key. My kids would sit in front of the computer all day if I let them, but we set the timer for 30 minutes and then it is time to choose another activity, like enjoying the Atlanta sunshine. By taking breaks the muscles used while computing are able to mend and repair themselves so that they are less likely to become injured.

Kids need to vary the ways they operate the computer so that different muscles get used. Instead of manipulating a mouse for every command, teach them to use a touch pad. Many Naples software stores sell voice activated systems which allow kids to switch up how they work at the computer to allow different muscles to work. Encourage your kids to take breaks to stretch and even shut their eyes for a few moments.

Georgia parents should coach their children on the proper way to sit at the computer. Posture is very important and should be loose and inherent, not stiff or unnatural. the habits we teach our Georgia kids will serve them throughout their lives.

Healthy habits for Georgia kids include eating nutritious food and exercising daily. for more information about keeping your kids healthy contact me today.

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New Computer Program Can Detect Depression, Anxiety

July 17, 2012 by  
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A new study reports that computer programs are able to use brain scans to distinguish between healthy individuals and those at risk of developing anxiety and depression. Furthermore, the research suggests that software may someday be able to predict exactly which at-risk adolescents will develop one of those diseases.

The research program is focused on early detection of psychiatric maladies because most such disorders first begin to manifest during adolescence, and it is then that treatments may be most effective at stopping or preventing them.

Currently, although a computer may be able to tell that a person with certain risk factors has a 15 percent chance of developing major depression, it cannot tell exactly which patient will finally manifest the disease. this largely stems from the lack of a single biomarker for each disease.

To judge the computer’s ability to gauge mental illness risk, the computer analyzed 32 healthy adolescents—16 who had one bipolar parent, and 16 who had parents without mental illnesses. each participant was required to label a series of faces as being either happy, neutral, or scared while being monitored by a functionalmagnetic resonance imaging device.

Using the MRI results, the computer was task with sorting the participants into groups of “healthy” versus “at-risk” individuals.

The computer was correct in its estimation of each person’s individual risk approximately three fourths of the time. the highest rate of success was achieved using the scans taken when looking at neutral faces, confirming earlier research which suggested that people with mooddisorders tend to be ambivalent or fearful toward neutral faces.

Some Information About Mini Laptop Computers

June 26, 2012 by  
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As the years go by, our electronic gadgets keep getting either much smaller or much larger. Computers and cell phones top the list of things growing smaller while our televisions and cars seem to be getting bigger. our convenient new mini laptop computers make it so much easier to do our jobs, our schoolwork or anything else we want to do while on the go.

These laptops are used by people who are in business, in school and in the arts. Business people use them to communicate while on the go, students use them to do research and take notes while in school and parents enjoy spending time in the park with their children while still getting some work done.

The latest technology is included in many of the laptops offered in department stores everywhere. most of the very small laptops do not have any kind of CD or DVD drive. The body of these tiny laptops is too small to hold one.

The smaller laptops are called netbooks. This is because they are made so that the user can connect to the Internet and download information that they would normally receive from a CD. Today, we have the good fortune of using flash drives, which is the latest invention for storing information from a computer. Easy to use, these little storage devices plug into a USB port and are much more durable than CDs. They cannot be scratched like a CD but they can be smashed or broken and if they get wet, a lot of valuable information could be lost. They have storage capacities that are equal to most CDs.

Most laptops, regardless of size, will come with a slot for external speakers and a microphone. Newer models often have webcams directly installed in the top of the monitor so that while someone is using the computer, the camera stays focused on them.

The battery life on one of these smaller laptops is usually several hours. However, the more screens are open on the screen, the less battery time you will have. It is best to use small laptops plugged in if possible and only rarely used with battery only. This way the battery does not get worn down and will still work when it is really needed.

Many people prefer to use mini laptop computers because they are easy to transport due to their light weight. The price depends on the features that are included and where it is being bought. They are not hard to find today, as many people rely on them for their everyday business.

John Walsh’s summer safety tips for kids and parents –

June 20, 2012 by  
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Nathan Hager,

WASHINGTON – Most schools have let out for the summer and a lot of families are looking forward to vacations, day camps and all the fun of warm months.

but along with the fun, there’s a bit of a dark side this time of year.

“Our call volumes have gone up and our case load is going up,” says John Walsh, longtime host of “America’s Most Wanted.”

“Crime goes up, and predators know that kids are out on vacation, parents go traveling and let their guards down.”

and the threat from predators, Walsh says, is broader than it was when he created the Alexandria-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children following the 1981 kidnapping and murder of his son, Adam.

“The Internet is their private hunting ground. They’re looking to groom kids. they don’t care if the kid is wealthy, poor, whatever,” Walsh says.

many parents install filters and other restrictions on their home computers, but Walsh notes that kids also can access the Internet through smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles.

“Ninety percent of kids will say to me, ‘I’m much more sophisticated than my parents, and you know what? I get creepy messages periodically but I’m afraid to tell my parents about them because my mom is going to take my iPad away,'” Walsh says.

Walsh suggests talking with kids about placing limits on mobile Internet access as well.

In terms of staying safe in the real world (if kids can be pried from the Internet), Walsh has some suggested ground rules for parents:

Online safety tips for kids from the BBB

June 17, 2012 by  
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With summer in full swing these days children are not outside playing during most of their summer vacation from school. Generally they are indoors and mostly on the computer. that means video games, surfing the Internet and visiting chat rooms or social networking sites. The Better Business Bureau has some advice for parents of children who will be spending their summer months behind a keyboard instead of outside.

The BBB has identified seven stop signs to look out for online. Parents are urged to sit down and talk with their children about these online situations. tell your children that they should come and talk to you whenever one of these seven situations presents itself:

• A website asks for financial information like bank, credit or debit card numbers. your children may be a conduit between an online scammer and your bank account. Don’t let those numbers be distributed online by your children.

• A website requests personal information like first and last names, email address, phone numbers or Social Security numbers. this sort of information is valuable to companies that want to target products to children. Identity thieves and predators would also like to know it.

• A person you don’t know sends inappropriate pictures, uses inappropriate language or wants to meet face-to-face. It’s vital that you talk to your children about what sorts of things are inappropriate. What’s obvious to you as an adult may not be to your kids. be sure they understand that talking with and meeting up with strangers can be immensely dangerous.

• Posting a picture of yourself online. this may seem harmless but can provide important clues to predators. Until your child is old enough to make the decision you should approve any photo they post.

• There is bullying or harassment through a social networking site, e-mails or instant messaging. this is not a harmless prank. Children should know to tell you before it goes too far.

• A social networking friend request from someone you don’t know. Hackers and predators can gain access through a friend request.

• “Free” online services, ringtones or daily joke text messages. “Free” is rarely free. Repeated charges to your credit card or phone bill may result.

Children rarely understand that once something is posted online it is always there. Or they may not understand the potential complications of their never-ending online information. Conversations between parents and children about digital issues are mandatory if you want to protect your kids.

Consumer Reports reported in 2011 that there were at least 7.5 million children under the age of 13 on Facebook. Millions of kids are simply faking their age to get around safeguards like Facebook and other sites have. The Wall Street Journal has reported that there are 30 percent more tracking cookies being used on kids’ websites than on sites for general audiences.

Advertisers are watching your children’s online activities carefully. Predators want to as well. It’s up to responsible parents to watch their children’s online actions even more closely. The Better Business Bureau’s Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) has a free online guide that explains privacy issues, cyber-bullying, stalking and other important aspects of online safety for children. find it and other useful information for parents at

As your children enjoy their summer leisure time digitally, be watchful and informed so that do not have an entangling web experience.

Six Female Showrunners Talk Ratings, Their Comedy Icons, and Internet Hate

June 13, 2012 by  
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Overnight ratings seem to be increasingly out-of-date with measuring how people watch TV, and yet they’re the ones that get reported widely. is the whole modern ratings system just a mess?

Emily Spivey: Yeah, it’s very confusing. with my show, most of the viewers are DVRing it. even my own parents are like, “we DVRed it! We’re watching it!” It’s a little frustrating.

Nahnatchka Khan: It’s such a weird thing. for me, my show’s only aired [a few] times. [The first] two of them were available online on Hulu and iTunes for weeks before they actually aired on ABC. so anybody could go watch it at any time, and it was a huge number. everybody was really happy. And I was like, “Oh okay great — so obviously this counts towards the ratings, right?” And they were like, “no, that doesn’t count.” And I was like, “Okay, well what counts?” so it’s all these weird delineations of three days after, and the same day, and then seven days — it just feels like it’s kind of piecemeal, all over the place.

ES: It also feels like something from the seventies. I don’t know what a Nielsen box looks like, but in my mind’s eye, I picture the giant Magnavox console television I had growing up. It just feels antiquated.

Liz Meriwether: It just feels like confusion. Talking to network execs and stuff about it, I don’t think anyone really knows how to judge it. my show doubles in ratings when you look at the DVR numbers, but it feels like … I don’t know. everyone I know watches it on a computer. And I watch all of your shows on the computer, and I sit through the commercials on the computer. It feels odd to not take that into account in a real way when calculating the numbers.

DeAnn Heline: It’s sort of nice to be in the third year because we’re settled into what our ratings are. In the fall, they’re great, and then in the wintertime, we face American Idol, and then it gets tougher. but I just don’t get into that. you can only do what you can do, and there’s a lot of things I don’t have control over. the only thing I have control over is my show.

So, it’s not even an issue anymore: the sitcom has fully risen from the dead, right?

Whitney Cummings: In terms of … a rebirth of comedy, I think we’ve definitely seen that with multi-camera shows. It seemed like they were not cool for a long time.  but then I think — I hate for every one of these conversations to [start] with, “And then the Internet has really changed things,” but it has in a way. because so many people who maybe wouldn’t have had visibility otherwise were doing really interesting, cool, unique things online that maybe networks wouldn’t have allowed or, you know, that didn’t really have a network to fit with. so, I feel like there [were] all these new projects and people getting visibility in comedy that maybe wouldn’t have had it otherwise if they had to wait for networks to say yes to them.

LM: On the other side of [the Internet] was the embracing that comedy can also be a little bit sad. maybe that’s from my perspective, [but] kind of just seeing comedy as a valid way of telling a story, that it allowed for a little bit of growth in what television comedy meant, which I think might have something to do with cable. Modern Family obviously was doing stories that were kind of heartfelt and also funny, which people seem to respond to.

DH:  I always felt like it was never dead. What first happened was that reality came in, reality shows and people sort of really developed a love affair with those for a few years, and that sort of seemed to hurt comedy more than drama. but I always knew it would come back around. People always want to laugh. And what’s funny is that, I think at first, networks were afraid of single-camera comedies: “There’s no laugh track, we have to just make sure there’s a million jokes.” so they were more scared of the single camera — and then the single camera started doing well. so then they became more scared of the multi-camera! What’s great now is, I think the networks are finally understanding that both comedies can work and that the audience likes both.

LM: there isn’t such a rigid idea of what a multi-cam is or what a single-camera is. I feel like both genres are expanding and doing different things, which I think is just generally helping comedy be more interesting.

WC: In comedy clubs, you always know what’s happening with the world and the economy and with people, in general, based on how many people are coming to comedy clubs. As soon as the recession started,  business started booming. when it’s tough times economically, I think that’s always a time when people really want to laugh, and I think that’s a good thing for comedy.

NK: I think the next step in comedy is going to be zero cameras, and it’s just nobody’s filming anything. It’s just like, We’re going to be doing shit in our living rooms. Yep.

Do you pay attention to your leads’ public images? Does it mesh with what you’re trying to do on the show?

NK: There’s definitely a blending for James Van Der Beek in my show, since he’s playing himself. I encourage him to get out and try to hook up with girls. but he’s married with two kids, so he won’t. I wish he would. I’m always trying to trick him to come out with me to bars and stuff like that, but he won’t do it.

LM: It’s not my place to be involved. I’m just trying to make the show and create this character that I want to watch. It’s naïve to say that I’m not aware of  [Zooey Deschanel’s] persona, but I also think … some of what the public sees can sometimes be constructed and put through a weird lens. 

DH: I would say the same thing. Patti [Heaton] has a certain persona. It’s sort of close to what she plays on TV, but not exactly. but we don’t really worry about that too much. we just write characters as we want to. We’re very lucky in that there’s a lot of people who love her and follow her on Twitter and Facebook. She’s brought a lot of fans to the show.

LM: Zooey, too. she has an amazing sense of the Internet, which has been really helpful for our show.

Are we going to see M. Ward on season two of New Girl?

LM: That would be amazing. That’s a great idea. I’m taking that idea.

Who’s your comedy icon?

WC: I would probably say Michael Patrick King. Michael Patrick King had the biggest effect on me, so I would say Michael Patrick King. The Comeback is my favorite show ever made. the way he crafted that series — everything. It’s perfection. Literally, the more you watch it, the more amazing and humbling it is. my stand-up — he affected me. This is dorky but, [Sex and the City] was such a religion for me that when it went off the air, there was such a void, I thought. And when I was doing stand-up, my whole thing was, “I want to pick up where Sex and the City left off.” how would they handle Facebook and Twitter? It was such a big part of my stand-up DNA.

Emily Kapnek: I’ll say Steve Martin. he was a huge influence. I watched SNL growing up, and all the seventies players and right on through. And I remember The Jerk was a hugely influential movie for me

ES: probably my all-time favorite is Jan Hooks. she was the first time I’d seen a southern woman on TV doing southern comedy that I thought was really smart and authentic and funny.

DH: Carol Burnett. I loved the whole Saturday night (CBS) lineup. but Carol Burnett, maybe because it’s because they’d crack up during sketches, it was the first time as a kid that I got the sense that the lines were being written. I would then do my own fake skits and try to be like Carol Burnett.

NK: for some reason, the first person who popped into my head was Holly Hunter.

DH: Oh god, yes.

NK: she has made me laugh in everything that she’s ever done. And she’s such a wide, versatile comedic actress. you have Broadcast News, and then you have Raising Arizona. She’s just constantly, consistently funny. And she also makes it real somehow. she just has this sort of magnetism or something.

LM: Woody Allen. I’ve just been watching his movies since I was 11, and my mom kind of got us all watching his movies. I think that the scene that I still think of when I need joy in my life is in Take the Money and Run, when he’s in a marching band and he’s playing the cello. And he’s putting the chair down and trying to play the cello and then picking up the cello and the chair and then running to catch up with the marching band and putting the chair down. Every time I watch (his work), I get something new out of it.

About a year ago, there was a New Yorker profile that painted a bleak portrait for women in comedy in Hollywood, but now, after Bridesmaids and all the shows this year, has the landscape changed?

DH: Women have always been funny, and if it takes Bridesmaids and some other things to sort of have people go, “Hey, yeah, women are funny,” then I guess that’s a good thing. I think definitely things are changing. It (once) seemed like there would be one show on the air that was created by a woman, and now look: there are lots of women who can talk about it now. 

EK:  I think true equality comes when we stop differentiating between the female shows and the male shows. the male shows aren’t under the same scrutiny, and they’re not really referred to as male shows either. There’s been so much emphasis this year on the female shows and female creators and female stars and female writers. It’s not that it hasn’t been great and empowering. but at some point, that can’t be the most interesting thing about my show. It better not be.

So you don’t feel the need represent for all womankind, to make a big statement?

WC: I don’t know if I’m am qualified to speak about the progress of society, because I am probably, in a big part responsible for halting it, if not setting it back. especially if I were to read all the blogs that are written about me.

You and Lana Del Ray.

LM: I think there is a microscope on it which I think can lead to backlash. but I just feel like that’s such an outdated microscope. There’s isn’t just one [sitcom] about women. It isn’t just Murphy Brown or Roseanne.  there really are so many ways to be a woman these days and so many stories to tell. the more we can kind of get away from that microscope, the better.

WC: but I think that is only a critical thing. I mean, I walk down the street — I’m sure you guys do, too —   and people are like, “I love your show! Oh my God, I do that! I do that! It makes me feel so much better! I thought I was the only one that made those mistakes.” People, women, have such an amazing response to it. I think there’s a particular critical response that’s a little bit different that I think is very misleading in terms of what  is actually going on in terms of reception to these shows. because I think people, women, really, really love them. but this happens all the time. It happened with The Cosby Show. his character was black and really rich, and black people were going, “That’s not how black people are. That’s misleading. We’re not rich, we’re not doctors.” There’s always “this,” in some way. for the tablet

May 1, 2012 by  
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Tips for parentsHere are tips from the FBI on how to minimize the chances of your child being victimized by an online sexual predator:Talk to your child about sexual victimization and potential online danger.Spend time with your children online. have them show you their favorite on-line destinations.Keep the computer in a common room in the house, not in your child’s bedroom. it is much more difficult for a predator to communicate with a child when the computer screen is visible to a parent or another member of the household.Use blocking software or parental controls provided by your Internet service provider. Use of chat rooms, in particular, should be heavily monitored. While parents should use these mechanisms, they should not rely totally on them.Maintain access to your child’s online account and randomly check his or her email. Be aware that your child could be contacted through the U.S. mail. Be up front with your child about your access and reasons why.Find out what computer safeguards are used by your child’s school, the public library and the homes of your child’s friends. these are all places, outside your normal supervision, where your child could encounter an online predator.Instruct your children to never do the following:Arrange a face-to-facemeeting with someonethey met online.Upload (post) pictures ofthemselves onto the Inter-net or online service topeople they do not per-

Facebook Spy Software – Protect Your Children

March 12, 2012 by  
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Facebook Spy Software is designed to give you the inside edge on keeping tabs on your child’s online activities.  Facebook spy apps are ideally suited for parents who want to shield their children from online threats like bullies or sexual predators.  Specifically,  Facebook monitoring software provides parents with the inside information they need to identify and respond to potential threats, including:

When your children are “chatting” through social networking platforms like Facebook, they are vulnerable to predators of all types and ages.  Facebook spy apps send a copy of all chatting sessions to the parent’s user account where they can review them in detail and take appropriate action where warranted.   and with Facebook Spy Software, your children will never be aware that their chatting activities are monitored.

One of the biggest reasons to consider using a Facebook Spy App is because your children may try to hide acquaintances that you do not approve of or other people whom you have never met.  because there are blocks on Facebook and similar programs, they may succeed in hiding their social network from you.  But when you monitor computing activities using Facebook Spy Software, you will be able to keep tabs on the people that you child “follows” online and see all of their friends—even those they try and hide from you.

Chances are your children know more about the computer than you do and are skilled at hiding activities they don’t’ want you to know about.  For example we showcased some tricks that children know in an article titled “7 Computer Tips You Won’t Learn From Your Mom“. Facebook Spy Software allows you to monitor your child’s communications and connections in secret.

To fully track and record all computer activities, look for complete PC Monitoring Software with the following capabilities:

  • Keystroke Logging
  • Yahoo Messenger Spy
  • Facebook Spy Software
  • Surround Recording
  • Yahoo, Skype and MSN call Recording
  • Automatic Screen Shots
  • Location Tracking (for laptops)

Facebook Spy Software is one of the most useful applications for monitoring a child’s communications on the most popular Social Networking platform on the planet.  Once installed, Facebook Spy Apps provide parents with the surveillance tools they need to secretly monitor communications and identify potential threats to their children.  while some may question the need for monitoring children using tools like Facebook Spy Software, the proliferation of online threats like bullies or sexual predators warrants their use.  Here’s how you can quickly use Facebook Spy Apps each day to protect your children from potential threats:

“Chatting” or the use of Instant Messages is one of the most popular ways for sexual predators to meet potential victims as the television show To Catch a Predator illustrates.   To protect your child from potential threats, Facebook Spy Apps let you see what your kids are talking about – even when they delete their IMs afterwards.

Unless you use Facebook Spy Apps, your children will likely be able to hide their friends and connections from you. these can include untrustworthy acquaintances, bad influences, and people your children may never have met. these are hardly people you would want your child associating with and they can be quickly uncovered using Facebook Spy Software—even hidden contacts.

Checking on your child’s social network privacy settings is also essential and can not only protect them but to also stop them from putting their friends at risk from identity theft.

Although Facebook is certainly the largest social networking platform, it is by no means the only platform.  Yahoo, MSN, and Skype are just a few of the other ways for your children to connect to other potential online threats.   So rather than relying on a tool that monitors just one communication platform like Facebook Spy, you need comprehensive PC Monitoring Software.

To best protect your children from online threats, looking for computer monitoring software that includes the following surveillance applications:

  • Automatic Screen Shots When New Application Used
  • Skype, Yahoo and MSN call Recording
  • Surround Recording
  • Keystroke Logger
  • Facebook Spy Software
  • Yahoo Messenger Spy Software

Jane Andrew is the author of IT and computer security technology. She usually writes about PC monitoring software and Yahoo Spy. You can also follow her on Twitter @mobistealth to get the latest tips on computer security.

9 Common Mistakes Made When Completing the FAFSA

February 26, 2012 by  
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Students and parents are beginning to tackle the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2011-2012 academic year. there are common mistakes that people make when completing the form that are easy to avoid, which will only prolong the process and potentially cause applicants to loss financial aid funds. I’m sharing a list of some of the most frequent mistakes that I have seen students and parents make, so you can avoid them and maximize your financial aid eligibility.

1. Use your full legal name, not your nickname and spell it correctly. It may seem obvious, but this is a common mistake. the FAFSA is a legal document and you need to enter your legal name on the form. It is also important because your financial aid application is cross-referenced by the Department of Education with your Social Security Number. If the name you list on the FAFSA does not match the name associated with your SSN, it will be flagged as an error and your financial application will be put on hold until the information is corrected. also, colleges’ student record systems will also cross-reference the name you provided on your college record to the FAFSA record. If the name does not match the name they have on file, colleges will not receive your FAFSA electronically.

2. Make sure your Social Security number/Alien Registration and Date of Birth are correct. Frequently, I have found that the student’s SSN is incorrect. It can be as simple as an error of reversing the numbers of the SSN.

I have also seen instances, where a parent has completed the FAFSA for the student and inadvertently entered the parent’s own SSN in place of the student’s. I have come across a situation where a student used a siblings SSN. in addition to being illegal- if done intentionally, it is identity fraud- it slows down the financial aid process. No aid wil be awarded until this is resolved. the same holds true for the your Date of Birth and Alien Registration Number for legal aliens/permanent residents, an incorrect date or number will stop the processing of your aid application.

3. Don’t confuse your Adjusted Gross Income with your Gross Income. when completing the Income sections of the FAFSA be sure to refer to your 2010 Federal Tax Return. the FAFSA will note the line on the 1040, 1040A or 1040A that lists the AGI. If you use the Gross Income figure, you are over-reporting your income and you could lose aid eligibility due to a high income.

4. Don’t confuse your Taxes Paid with Taxes Withheld. Often applicants will mistakenly list the taxes withheld shown on their W-2 as the Taxes Paid. If the taxpayer received a refund, the taxes withheld would be higher than the actual taxes paid. Conversely, if the taxpayer submitted a payment with the tax return, the FAFSA would be showing less in taxes than was actually paid. Each of these errors would result in a miscalculation of eligibility and would most likely cause the application to flagged as having an error.

5. List all members of your household. For Dependent students, this means anyone who lives in your parents’ house for whom they provide more than 50% support. this includes siblings (including any unborn child that will be born during the academic year for which the application is being submitted), step-siblings, nieces/nephews, cousins, grandparents,etc. For Independent students this includes a spouse, children (including any unborn child due during the academic year), step-children, in-laws, etc. that live with you for whom you provide more that 50% support.

6. List Family members attending college only if they enrolled in a degree program. Family members who are attending at least half-time and enrolled in a degree or certificate program should be listed in the number of family members attending college. Please note: Parents are not included in this number.

7. List the schools and the correct school code that you want to receive your FAFSA results. Students will frequently omit a school and its school code and be waiting to receive an award letter, only to find out too late that the college never received their FAFSA results. when you receive your FAFSA confirmation double-check that any college you want to receive the data is listed with its correct school code. keep in mind that the FAFSA school code is different from the College Board code used when applying for the SAT and ACT. also, colleges with different campuses or separate schools within a university (for example: School of Business, Graduate Schools) often have separate FAFSA school codes.

8. Don’t change Marital Status on the form after filing the FAFSA. You are required to indicate your (and your parents’ marital status on the FAFSA) as of the date your FAFSA is completed. If the marital status changes after you submit the FAFSA, you can not change the status. you should contact the Financial Aid Office at your college for instructions on their process for handling such situations.

9. be sure to sign the FAFSA before filing. you (and a parent, if you are a Dependent Student) need to sign the FAFSA before submitting it. If you file electronically, you (and your parent) should each have a PIN. the PIN is your electronic signature. If you are filing a paper FAFSA, you (and your parent, for a Dependent Student) must sign the paper application. Failure to sign the form will halt processing of your application.

Avoid these common errors for a stress-free or at least a stress reduced FAFSA experience

Computer scam making the rounds in Cowichan Valley

February 15, 2012 by  
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Twila Reardon has a pretty good idea when she’s being scammed.

She also realizes that not everyone is as quick to pick up on the bad guys as she is, and wants people to know about a scam currently in the works.

Reardon, who lives in Chemainus, gets a phone call about once a week from someone warning her that her computer will crash unless she pays $150 to fix it. her parents in Alberta, unfortunately, fell for the con, and she’s worried others might also be unlucky.

“I’m concerned about elderly people,” said Reardon. “This must be working on some people. I let them know that I know it’s a scam.”

Reardon just recently acquired a phone with call display, but the latest call came from the 206 area code, which is in Washington state. The caller indicates he is calling from Washington – where Microsoft is in fact located – and says he is either from Windows System Rescue or Microsoft.

“They say we’re having problems with our computer,” she explained. “It’s running slow, or it has a virus.”

When they tricked Reardon’s mother, they were actually able to change things on her computer screen, she said.

Reardon’s brother works with computers, she said, and according to him, if there was a problem with Microsoft or Windows systems, the company would not call users individually. The callers are unable to formally identify themselves as Microsoft employees.

“I ask them for an ID number, and it just baffles them,” she said.

Carol Ann Rolls of Cowichan Community Policing urged people to be vigilant about such scams, both on the phone and email.

“First and foremost, when you receive an unsolicited call and they ask for personal information, be very wary,” she said.

Rolls also said not to respond directly to such emails or phone numbers, and not to press any buttons when automated calls come through.

Community Policing wants to hear about scams in the works. call 250-701-9145 to report them.

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