Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 27, 2017

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Everyone knows just how dangerous distracted driving is, but the statistics keep getting worse. According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 40,000 people died from car accidents in 2016. This is a 14% increase in the number of fatalities just two years ago. And a new study from Cambridge Mobile Telematics found that in most car crashes, distracted driving plays a role.

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Instagram: A Dream App for Stalkers and Burglars

April 12, 2013

Instagram is here to stay. Know how I know that?

$1,000,000,000.00

That's how much Facebook paid for the smartphone app that lets users add artistic filters to their photos. You don't buy a company for that much money just to watch it fade away.

Personally, I'm fine with all of this. I really enjoy Instagram. I like reliving all of the

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Ask the Experts: Cyberbullying, Asthma and Spontaneous Combustion

March 18, 2013

Thousands of people just like you visit CultureOfSafety.com every single month. The large majority of you are looking for answers to your safety-related questions. We do our best to share as much information as we can, but we admit that it can be difficult to keep up with every possible topic.

In hopes of answering as many of your questions as possible, we're going to start posting a monthly

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4 Reputation-Busting Social Media Mishaps

December 07, 2012

If you've ever emailed, texted, blogged, tweeted, Instagramed or Facebooked, there's a very good chance you've posted or shared something you've regretted. Whether it was accidentally hitting Reply All, publishing a blog post riddled with typos, or inadvertently posting a private photo for the world to see... there has to be something you've done online that you deleted or modified as soon as the mistake became clear.

The fact is... we all make mistakes. The other fact is... we all have private

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Free Webinar: Social Media Marketing for YMCAs

November 08, 2012

Last week, I had the great pleasure of attending the Michigan YMCA Key Leaders Conference in Lansing, Michigan. In addition to joining several of my fellow West Bend associates as exhibitors, I was asked to join in on a panel discussion regarding new technology topics that are relevant to

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[Review] Red Cross First-Aid Smartphone App

June 14, 2012

The American Red Cross just released a new smartphone app that promises to prepare you for dangerous or life-threatening situations. The app covers a huge array of topics ranging from bee stings to hypothermia. I decided to take the app for a test drive so I could share my thoughts with all of you.

In short, the Red Cross executed this huge undertaking perfectly. I can't think of a single

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Emergency Warnings to Catch Up with Technology

May 15, 2012

"This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System."

Who hasn't heard that warning rattle through their radio? Or their TV?

We've all heard it at some point. But for people like me who almost never listen to the radio and prefer to skip through commercials by watching digitally recorded TV, you might struggle trying to remember the last time you heard or saw a legitimate storm warning or other notable

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Are you Nomophobic? Probably.

February 22, 2012

"Phone, keys, wallet."

"Phone, keys, wallet."

"Phone, keys, wallet."

I repeat those three things while tapping at my pockets all day long. I don't go anywhere without the three. Even when I'm at home I know precisely where my phone is at all times. I didn't know it until today, but there is no doubt that I am the very definition of a

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Fear & Lollipops: Teaching the Importance of Online Privacy

November 11, 2011

Social media safety has been discussed over and over again on Culture of Safety. We've shared advice on safe ways to communicate with minors online. We've shared social media best practices for nonprofits. We've even talked about potentially dangerous photo sharing iPhone applications.

In all of these posts we try and preach the importance of appreciating your online privacy. For a while I thought we had been doing a pretty good job. And then I had an experience that changed everything. You can't truly appreciate the fragility of your own online privacy until you experience

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Facebook Subscribe: The Safest Way to Interact with Minors?

October 17, 2011

As we've stated time after time, we feel strongly that online contact with minors should be extremely limited. As someone that does online marketing and social networking for a living, I understand better than most how these social media restrictions can be frustrating for youth-focused organizations like summer camps, youth sports programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and schools. The interactive communication between activity programmers and children can be an incredible outreach tool, but the fact of the matter is

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