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Things to Think About During the Internet Safety Month

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

The U.S. Congress, supported by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), has designated June as National Internet Safety Month. As we near the end of the month, what are the lessons we have learned about cyber safety so far?

Ouch! 9 of the Least Safe Hospitals in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.23.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

If you want to make sure you get the best quality care from hospitals in your area, Consumer Reports' 2015 rankings of the safest hospitals in Illinois is a good place to start your research.

Life in the Fast Lane Requires Mindfulness

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 06.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

When we are mindfully present in the moment we'll notice that our conscious mind is fully engaged with what our body is doing and, as a result, energy seems to flow with a greater sense of harmony, grace and ease, which ultimately manifests as a deep sense of inner peace.

Another War Photographer's Death Is a Reminder of the Importance of First Aid Training for Journalists

Lily Hindy | Posted 06.18.2015 | Media
Lily Hindy

In the summer of 2011, just a few months after photojournalist Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya, Sebastian Junger hired me to help him start a nonprofit medical training program for independent journalists working in war zones.

Father's Day: Remembering the LIFE of a Dad Who Died Young

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Peter Mandel

When someone says the word "bravery" out loud it sounds like it's from a book on noblemen or knights. I can almost hear the clank of sword on shield. Call it medieval if you want, but I believe in trying to be brave.

Does Gender Matter on Social Media?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 06.16.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

Social Networking holds potential to boost the economic, political and social empowerment of women, and the promotion of gender equality. But such boost is possible only with awareness of risks and benefits of the medium.

Summertime Social Media and Periscope Safety Tips for Parents

Katie Lance | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Katie Lance

Make sure to have conversations with your caregivers this summer. Let them know your rules about social media, photos and videos of your kids. If your kids are old enough to babysit this summer, make sure you have these conversations with them too so they understand the ramifications of the responsibility they have when they are watching someone else's children.

Encryption: An Important Protection For Content And Communications

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 06.15.2015 | Media
The Next Ten Challenge

This advice was tweeted by Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization committed to the defense of privacy and Internet freedom. She meant everybody should use this tool to protect all of their online communications.

Stop the Fast Track! Refuse to Sign the TPP!

Jackie DeHon | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Jackie DeHon

Anything that affects us so profoundly must be made public and allowed time for debate and changes. I fear for our democracy. I fear for our economy. It's clear that the only people who will benefit from this rotten agreement are huge corporations and those they pay to vote their way.

Parents' Top 5 Questions to Keep Kids Safe Online

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Lots of kids start playing around online during the preschool years, but many parents wait until kids are in elementary school to get them started. Whatever you choose, these guidelines will give you and your kid a good beginning.

The Recipe for a Better Life

OECD | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
OECD

Apart from providing fascinating insights, the Better Life Index is a way for policy-makers and policy-shapers to see what citizens want and expect, and where policies to improve people's lives should be focused.

First Step to Prevent Sexual Abuse: Redefine "Safety" to Include Women and Girls

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

During a recent meeting of a women's savings group in Manyatta, the largest slum in Kenya's third largest city, Kisumu, after the week's business had been conducted, the conversation turned to the women's daughters, all of whom, they said, were at risk of being or had been sexually assaulted on their way to or from school.

FIFA Corruption Scandal a Reminder That Lack of Oversight and Transparency in Youth Sports Surprisingly Common

Brooke de Lench | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports
Brooke de Lench

While the FIFA scandal has made national headlines, allegations of embezzlement and theft in sports organizations, large and small, are an almost every-day occurrence in cities and towns across America.

In Boston, Street Harassment Is More Than Just Catcalls

Alexandra Prim | Posted 05.26.2015 | Women
Alexandra Prim

Safe Hub Collective, an organization devoted to creating public spaces that are secure for all people, conducted a harassment survey in 2013. Out of the more than 500 participants, 88 percent said they had experienced street harassment in Boston.

5 of the Oldest Prisoners in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.26.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While many people might think of criminals as young people, some of the about 48,000 prisoners in the Illinois Department of Corrections system are much older than most of Illinois' non-incarcerated residents.

Making Sure Your Family Is Protected When It Comes to Recalls

Kate Carr | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Kate Carr

Car-related recalls get attention in the media and the majority of car owners take action. But what about the other life-threatening products that are recalled?

Is Saving Money More Important Than Saving Lives for Automakers?

John Foley | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
John Foley

Having global safety standards is not altruistic. It's simply the right thing to do. It's telling your customers that their lives matter, no matter where they are and who is watching.

Why 'Mad Men' Gives Us Hope on the Gun Violence Issue

Daniel Gross | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Daniel Gross

Don Draper famously said, "If you don't like what's being talked about, change the conversation." That is precisely what we must do to address the problem of gun deaths and injuries in our nation.

Where Will We Be In 25 Years?

Anna Jadow Bloom | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Anna Jadow Bloom

In 2015, people wore jeans that fit like leggings and tucked them into boots. And some of these boots didn't go above the ankle.

Read It, Sign It, Share It: How We Can All Make a Difference During Global Road Safety Week

Kate Carr | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Kate Carr

Reducing speed, cracking down on drinking and driving, using helmets on bikes and motorcycles, restraining children in vehicles and establishing safe school zones are all incredibly important steps that will prevent injuries and save lives.

Oil Trains Too Fast, New Safety Rules Too Slow

Todd Paglia | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Todd Paglia

In the first three months of 2015 four oil train accidents sent emergency responders scrambling, crude oil spilling into drinking water supplies, and fireballs blasting into the sky.

Who Gives A Crap About Bruce Jenner's Pronouns?

S. Bear Bergman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
S. Bear Bergman

With violence against trans people peaking right along with the media coverage, knowing who we can trust is more important than ever. Who gives a crap about Bruce Jenner's pronouns? I do. You should, too.

4 Essential Tips For Staying Safe While Traveling

Dave Austin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel
Dave Austin

By taking time to prepare before leaving, you can significantly diminish your risk and focus on enjoying your hard-earned trip.

Keeping 'Us' Safe in Baltimore

Amy Bhatt | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Amy Bhatt

Despite feeling a marginal impact from the protests, I've been reading and hearing people in my neighborhood (and others like mine) asserting that "we need to take back our city" or work "to make Baltimore safe again." It's clear who "we" are in these statements.

Intolerance for Unsafe Workplaces

Edward Wytkind | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

This Tuesday, April 28 is Workers Memorial Day: a time to remember those workers who have died on the job. But it is also a crucial time for us to recommit ourselves to creating and implementing strong protections to ensure workers return home safely.