1.) Exactly how safe is it to use your credit card? Identity theft reached a 3 year high in the United States last year, effecting 12.6 million people. Fraudsters got away with ripping off $21 billion dollars, stealing an identity every 3 seconds. Plus, a quarter of American adults who were notified of a data breach became victims anyway. According to LiveScience, to avoid identity theft:
• Shred your financial documents around tax season. Fraudsters like combing through your garbage
• Use a safe connection when buying things online. Look for that "https" URL and a padlock in the address bar.
• Stay skeptical about sharing personal details, especially your Social Security number; people whose number became compromised were victimized five times more often than the typical consumer.
2.) Disciplining students with out-of-school suspension or expulsion is counterproductive to school goals, and should only be used on case by case basis. That’s a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is recommending pediatricians familiarize themselves with the policies of their local school districts, and advocate for prevention and alternative strategies. According to the group, students who experience out-of-school suspension and expulsion are as much as 10 times more likely to ultimately drop out of high school than are those who do not.
3.) It was all about romance, but ended in a violation of state law. This past weekend, Anthony Brasfield released a dozen heart-shaped balloons into the Florida sky with his sweetie. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper saw this not as a romantic gesture, but a felony. Brasfield was charged with polluting to harm humans, animals, plants, etc. under the Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act.