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7 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online During Remote Learning

You can’t supervise them 24/7. Here are easy ways to make sure they’re protected on their own.

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Boy on Laptop

Virtual learning means more time on the web, which means a greater need for cyber safety lessons.

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This back-to-school season looks a little different in much of the country. With over 6 million kids distance learning, working families are met with an entirely new set of challenges. With kids on the computer for several hours a day—and working parents not able to give their full supervision—cyber safety is a concern now more than ever. Here are seven top tips on how to keep your child safe online from cybersecurity company NortonLifeLock.

Check your surroundings: With children remotely attending school through Zoom and the like, families now have multiple surveillance cameras throughout the house, potentially making their homes far less private than they might otherwise be. If your child

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Top tips for shopping online marketplaces for back-to-school and remote work supplies

The early days of the pandemic put an urgency in Americans to buy home gym equipment and video games to help pass the time. Now as COVID-19 remains an everyday presence in the country, people are outfitting their homes to foster learning and productivity.

Searches and purchases for remote learning and working essentials like desks, webcams, and printers were up as much as 200% from July to August compared with the previous year, according to data from OfferUp, an online peer-to-peer marketplace.

The run on goods caused by quarantine measures has sent the retail supply chain into overload with Americans turning to secondary markets, or ‘re-commerce,’ the portmanteau of recycling and e-commerce.

Online marketplaces have replaced traditional yard sales and the go-to destination for second-hand goods. (Photo: Getty)
Online marketplaces have replaced traditional yard sales and the go-to destination for second-hand goods. (Photo: Getty)

“More and more people are turning to retail marketplaces like OfferUp to buy things that they really need,” Nick Huzar, CEO and

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3 online safety tips for kids and parents

Like so many parents across the country, Skye McLain wrestled with the idea of virtual learning for her son, Jett, 7, as school resumed amidst the coronavirus pandemic this fall.

“The thought of him being required to be in front of a screen for multiple hours a day was very unnerving for me,” the Texas-based mom told TODAY Parents. “I gave homeschooling quite a bit of consideration, because I felt that it would give us more flexibility when it came to screen time and to lessen the chances of his exposure to the inappropriate content he could easily find or be shown on the Internet.”

While McLain ultimately decided for Jett to attend second grade virtually through the public school system, internet safety has remained a top priority in their at-home classroom.

“[Schools] are going to do everything in their own power to provide a safe place to conduct a

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2020 Daily Fantasy Football Tips: Bankroll Management

Bankroll management is one of, if not the, most important aspects of being a profitable daily fantasy sports player, but few truly understand bankroll management or have the discipline to stick to a plan. One reason is that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for managing your money.

For anyone unfamiliar with bankroll strategy or planning proper game selection, this guide will help get you started.

Which Games Should You Play?

It’s crucial to understand your odds of winning. The goal is to minimize risk while building upside into the games you play. This is usually accomplished by putting the majority of your action in cash games and a small percentage in tournaments.

What Type of Cash Games Should You Enter?

Different cash games have different odds of winning.

  • Head to Heads: Play against one other player. Winner takes all (minus the management fee).

  • 50/50s: Finish in the top half of

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5 tips to get ready whether at home or in the classroom

Leave it to a pandemic to upend yet another American tradition: Back-to-school shopping. Oh, it’s still happening. It just looks different than, say, every mad-dash parent scramble for school supplies over the last century. It comes with a higher price tag and critical shortages too. 

With so many students starting this new school year at home, the National Retail Federation (NRF) says spending could top $100 billion. That number breaks all kinds of records as parents and college students ditch the No. 2 pencils and trips to Forever 21 for more pricey supplies like laptops and desks. 

On top of it all, there’s a laptop shortage, as supply chain issues and trade tariffs on China add to months-long delays in meeting meteoric demand. 

The good news? There are always workarounds in this day and age, and we’ve put the top five together here to help you get what you want

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Make Distance Learning Easier With 8 Teacher-Approved Tips

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Let’s get one thing straight this back-to-school season: Teachers are professionals. They go to school, complete student-teacher training, garner experience and receive continuing education, all in order to hone a highly skilled craft. Anyone who thinks parents, tutors, grandparents and other caregivers can truly fill teachers’ shoes during a pandemic by picking up pointers from an article is … well … mistaken.

That said, teachers learned from professors and those professors can explain education concepts to parents like me, helping to make our poor imitation less poor.

At Vanderbilt University, Professor Illana Horn has been studying the challenges of pandemic teaching. Though her research hasn’t been published yet, she’s finding “motivation is a huge issue, and it has a lot to do with not being in that setting where this is just what everybody is doing.”

Lack of positive peer pressure isn’t the

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9 tips to make the most of store closing and liquidation sales

Many major national retail chains were already suffering before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. So when the country had to shut down, their financial struggles were sent into overdrive. That’s one reason why it might feel like so many stores near you are holding liquidation or going-out-of-business sales.

These types of events can be a way to finally buy that item you’ve been wanting for months but thought was too expensive. What’s more, many of these sales are now online, even though they’ve traditionally been brick-and-mortar only, according to Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot.

For example, Pier 1, which announced in May that it was closing all 540 of its stores, held part of its sale online. And Macy’s, which has seen a 35% decrease in sales compared to last year, has a dedicated clearance and closeout section on its site.

But shopping at these extreme

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Back-to-School Shopping Tips for Home Schooling and At-Home Learning

The back-to-school shopping season is looking very different this year for both parents and retailers. As families brace themselves for several months of distance learning, parents are expected to spend more in different categories compared to last year.

According to the 2020 Back-to-School Survey from Deloitte, 51% of parents will spend more on internet-based learning resources, such as virtual tutors, subscriptions and e-learning platforms, as well as online classes. The survey also found that families are expected to dish out nearly $400 on average for computers and hardware, up 38% from last year, and an additional $316 on electronic gadgets and digital subscriptions.

No to mention that retailers throughout the country are shuttering doors of poorly performing store locations as they struggle to make up for lost sales. This will impact the number of sales offered during this back-to-school season.

“Struggling retailers and brands are determining they can’t afford to

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19 of the best Google Drive tips and tricks for getting the most out of the service

Google Drive is easy to use but harder to master.
Google Drive is easy to use but harder to master.

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Since its debut in 2012, Google Drive has evolved from a convenient word processor to, for many people, an essential day-to-day tool. 

Whether you use Google Drive for personal data storage or as a major part of your business, there are many ways to get more out of the service and work more efficiently. 

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The best Google Drive tips and tricks

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guide to google drive 2×1

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Here’s 19 of the best tips for becoming a master of Google Drive.

Find all of Google Drive’s shortcuts

Memorize one shortcut to see a list of all the shortcuts you can use throughout Google Drive.
Memorize one shortcut to see a list of all the shortcuts you can use throughout Google Drive.

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Google Drive has many keyboard

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