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November 07, 2020

COVID-19 Ripoffs & New Online Risks for Kids
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COVID-19 Rip Offs Aimed at Seniors
Scammers and telemarketing rip off artists are using the coronavirus pandemic as a new weapon against America's senior citizens. Patricia Boyle, PhD, neuropsychologist, Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, part of Rush University in Chicago, says that changes in financial decision-making may be an early warning sign of impending dementia or cognitive decline.
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The Frightening Rise of Cyberbullying
Today's kids are spending more time connected to the internet than ever, which can expose them to graphic content and non-stop cyberbullying. Security expert Steve Webb, PhD, is the author of “Education in a Violent World,” and he says parents would be shocked at how much data about a child is collected when he or she is online. He also talks about cyberbullying and its effect on the suicide rates of children.
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Free Tuition for Minority Students Shows Promise
New programs to provide free tuition to black and Hispanic students appears to be paying off, according to Denisa Gándara, PhD, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She found that college promise programs boosted the enrollment of minority students. However, she is concerned about the sustainability of the programs, as state budgets struggle in the wake of pandemic lockdowns.
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