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Estimadas familias:

Con el tercer año escolar consecutivo lleno de incertidumbre, comprendemos la frustración y ansiedad que tanto los adultos como los niños están experimentando, estamos aquí para apoyarles. Hemos compilado una lista de recursos que les ayudarán para apoyar el trabajo escolar de sus hijos y aprender del sistema educativo de los Estado Unidos. 

Les invitamos a que nos contacten escribiendo a aprendiendo@multcolib.org para solicitar otros recursos y materiales.

Recursos educativos 

Tutoría virtual K-12: El programa de tutoría virtual es para estudiantes en los grados de Kínder al 12.o que necesitan apoyo en lectura, escritura, matemáticas, ciencias o ciencias sociales.

Ayuda con tareas en vivo: Tutores capacitados les brindan ayuda personalizada en vivo de 2 p.m. a 10 p.m. diariamente.

Otros recursos disponibles en inglés: Recursos en línea totalmente gratuitos. 

Fuentes de información confiables: Estas fuentes de información son confiables, precisas y gratuitas con el número de su tarjeta de la biblioteca y su contraseña.

Conferencias de padres y maestros: Prepárense para las conferencias de padres y maestros con anticipación para sentirse seguros.

Salud

Child Mind Institute: Artículo sobre cómo ayudar a los niños a manejar sus miedos de regresar a clases durante la COVID-19 y ser independientes.

Recursos de salud mental: Recursos de salud mental para adolescentes.

Centros de salud para estudiantes del condado de Multnomah: los centros de salud para estudiantes son como tener un consultorio médico en la escuela. Ofrecen servicios integrales de atención primaria y de salud mental a todos los jóvenes del condado de Multnomah de entre 5 y 18 años. No hay gastos de bolsillo.

Comida

Recursos de alimentos para familias: Tratamos de mantener actualizada esta publicación sobre los recursos alimenticios en el condado de Multnomah y sus alrededores.

Tecnología

Beneficio de emergencia para internet (EBB): El beneficio de emergencia para internet es un programa temporal de la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC) que ofrece ayuda a los hogares con problemas para pagar sus servicios de internet durante la pandemia. 

Computadoras y equipos de la biblioteca y acceso a Internet: La Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah ofrece acceso gratuito a computadoras, Chromebooks, impresoras y escáneres dentro de las bibliotecas. También ofrecemos ayuda tecnológica de otras formas. Contacte Ayuda Tecnológica Virtual o llame al 503.988.5123.

Seguridad

Mi plan de bolsillo: Cómo crear un valioso plan de acción familiar para emergencias.

Consejos para los padres

“Como padres Latinos valoramos la educación y cada día hacemos mucho en casa. Estar involucrados en la escuela para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes, es una extensión de nuestra responsabilidad como padres.”
De: “Involving Latino Families in School”

Mantenga estos principios en mente para tener una conferencia de padres y maestros productiva

  • Espere las mejores intenciones de los maestros 
  • Enfóquese en el aprendizaje 
  • Revise ejemplos del trabajo y pruebas de su estudiante 
  • Escuche con atención y tome notas si es necesario
  • Dé seguimiento a lo que se haya decidido durante la reunión

Antes de la reunión

  • Si no puede asistir a la junta el día establecido, informe al maestro y solicite una nueva fecha.
  • Hable con su estudiante acerca de cómo se siente en la escuela y cómo va progresando en sus estudios.
  • Es probable que reciba comentarios positivos sobre el progreso de su estudiante y comentarios sobre las áreas que necesitan mejorar. Para estar bien preparado, piense de antemano en las fortalezas y debilidades de su estudiante. Esté preparado para hacer preguntas sobre las formas en que usted y el maestro pueden ayudar a su estudiante con algunos de sus desafíos.
  • Revise los trabajos, exámenes y boleta de calificación de su estudiante.
  • Haga una lista de preguntas acerca del desempeño escolar de su estudiante. (Vea algunos ejemplos de preguntas abajo).
  • Asegúrese de hacer cita con todos los maestros de su estudiante.
  • Solicite un intérprete si lo considera necesario, no permita que su estudiante traduzca durante la reunión.
  • Si es posible, envíe una nota a los maestros con anticipación con las dudas que tenga para que ellos se preparen y le tengan respuestas.

Durante la reunión

  • Agradezca al maestro por su tiempo.
  • Pregunte acerca del desempeño académico de su estudiante.
  • Solicite evaluaciones y muestras del trabajo de su estudiante. 
  • Pida al maestro ideas de cómo ayudar a su estudiante en casa.
  • Preste atención a los comentarios de los maestros y tome nota de lo que se dice y planifica.
  • Centre su atención en lo académico, si su estudiante se involucra en comportamientos que están afectando su aprendizaje, pida otra reunión con su maestro para hablar al respecto.
  • Pida aclaración de todo lo que no le quede claro.
  • Pregunte al maestro qué planes tiene él para ayudar a su estudiante a ser exitoso en su clase.
  • Discuta respetuosamente las diferencias de opinión.
  • Llegue a acuerdos con el maestro y con su estudiante.
  • Programe otra cita para revisar los avances de su estudiante y revisar metas.
  • Pida al maestro comunicarse con usted en cuanto ocurran situaciones que afectan el desempeño escolar de su estudiante, no tienen qué esperar hasta la siguiente conferencia de padres y maestros.


Después de la reunión

  • Reflexione acerca de los temas que se revisaron y los que necesitan seguimiento.
  • Haga un plan para dar seguimiento a lo que acordaron con el maestro durante la reunión para ayudar a su estudiante a ser exitoso en la escuela.
  • Continúe hablando con su estudiante y trabajen juntos en un plan de acción. 
  • Haga un esfuerzo por aprender más del sistema educativo, el currículo escolar y los exámenes que su estudiante debe tomar, ¡la biblioteca puede ayudarle!

Preguntas posibles para plantear durante las conferencias de padres y maestros

  1. ¿Cómo le va a mi estudiante en su clase?
  2. ¿Cómo va mi estudiante en comparación con el resto del grupo?
  3. ¿Está mi estudiante leyendo al nivel del grado en que se encuentra? ¿Qué tal en matemáticas, ciencias y escritura? 
  4. ¿Está mi estudiante en alguna clase, programa o grupo especial? ¿Por qué? ¿Cuál es el propósito de tener a mi estudiante allí?
  5. ¿Qué programas están disponibles para mi estudiante en caso que necesite ayuda extra?
  6. ¿Qué nos recomienda si mi estudiante necesita ayuda con la tarea en casa?
  7. ¿Qué es lo más importante que mi estudiante debe comprender y aprender para el fin de curso?
  8. ¿Cómo mide o califica el progreso académico?
  9. ¿Ha fallado mi estudiante en entregar tarea? ¿Qué recomienda para que se ponga al día?
  10. ¿Cómo es la participación de mi estudiante en su clase? 
  11.  ¿Tiene alguna preocupación acerca del progreso académico de estudiante?
  12. ¿Qué puedo hacer para ayudar a mi estudiante y apoyar el trabajo de usted?
  13.  ¿Cómo puedo comunicarme con usted?
     

This is a long post showing meal resources in Multnomah County (and beyond). We start with school districts and then move to community orgranizations we know of that are helping the community. Please let us know if you need further assistance.

Para ver esta información en español, haga clic en Recursos de alimentos para familias. To see this information in Spanish, click Recursos de alimentos para familias.

Multnomah County School Districts

Multnomah County school districts continue to provide meal assistance during the summer. The SUN Service System also has information on accessing food.

We have done our best to provide current information. Please confirm meal availability through the links shared below.

Centennial [updated 9/13/21]

Food For Families will have distribution events on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month (second Wednesday only in December and March) during the school year, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Centennial High School, 3505 SE 182nd Ave, Gresham. An Authorized Representative form is required (en español)

Corbett [updated 9/15/21]

CSD students on free and reduced lunch, and families who are struggling, lunch pick-up is on Mondays from 9:00 to 1:00 at the door by the kitchen in the MPB.   We are trying to limit the lunch pick-up days to once per week to decrease the exposure of staff.  If you need lunches delivered, or these times do not work for you, please contact Seth Tucker at stucker@corbett.k12.or.us

David Douglas [updated 9/15/21] 

There are food pantries located at the following David Douglas school buildings. These are for families to pick up free groceries, not grab-and-go meals. Check the link for a calendar that shows times and any closures.

  • Cherry Park Elementary: 1930 SE 104th Ave. Mondays, 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • David Douglas High South Building: 1500 SE 130th Ave. Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
  • Earl Boyles Elementary: 10822 SE Bush St. Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
  • Floyd Light Middle: 10800 SE Washington St. Mondays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
  • Gilbert Heights Elementary: 12839 SE Holgate Blvd. Fridays, 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Gilbert Park Elementary: 13132 SE Ramona St. Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Menlo Park Elementary: 12900 NE Glisan St. Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Mill Park Elementary: 1900 SE 117th Ave. Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Gresham-Barlow [updated 9/15/21]

Food pantries are located at the following schools:

  • East Gresham Elementary: 900 SE 5th St., Gresham. Tuesdays, from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm
  • Highland Elementary: 295 NE 24th St., Gresham. 2nd Wednesday from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Other community food box information can be found at The Sunshine Division and Snowcap Community Charities

Parkrose [updated 8/16/21]

Grab & Go Meals are available June, July and August for all children age 18 and under. Schools and parks will have different dates that they are open, click here for a full list of dates and times.

  • Prescott Elementary: 10410 NE Prescott St. Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Russell Elementary: 2700 NE 127th Ave. Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Gateway Discovery Park: 10520 NE Halsey St. Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Luuwit View Park: NE 127th Ave and NE Fremont. Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Para más información haga clic aquí y vaya a la sección en español.

Нажмите здесь для получения информации, ниже выберите русский язык.

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Portland [updated 8/23/21]

Portland Public Schools' summer meal program has ended. This space will be updated as soon as information for the school year is available.

Reynolds [updated 9/13/21]

    Public food pantries are being held at the locations listed below. It is recommended that you arrive early as supplies run out quickly. Masks are required. Click here for more information.
    • Glenfair Elementary School: 15300 NE Glisan St. Tuesdays, 3:45-5:15 pm (beginning Sept. 21st)
    • Reynolds High School: 1698 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale. Last Tuesday of the month, 2:30 pm
    • Alder Elementary School: 17200 SE Alder St. Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 pm (beginning Sept. 22nd)
    • Reynolds Middle School: 1200 NE 201st Ave., Fairview. Fridays, 4:00-5:30 pm
    • Wilkes Elementary School: 17020 NE Wilkes Rd. First Friday of the month, 3:00-4:30 pm
    • Davis Elementary School: 19501 NE Davis St. Second Friday of the month, 3:30-5:00 pm
     

    Agencies, Community Organizations and Restaurants

    Information may change so please check their websites if a link is provided.

    C3 Pantry (NE): 6120 NE 57th Ave., Portland. Tuesdays and Saturday, doors open at 11:30am, shopping is 12-1pm.

    Mainspring Food Pantry (NE): 3500 NE 82nd Ave., Portland. An open air, farmers market, self select, walk/roll-in food pantry every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. They make every effort to serve everyone in line. Please bring bags for your food if you have access to them since they have a limited supply. You may access the food pantry once a month. 
     
    Meals 4 Kids: serves qualified children and families within the City of Portland. Please visit their website to complete a request form.
     
    Northeast Emergency Food Program (NE): 4800 NE 72nd Ave., Portland. Open Thursday and Saturday, 12-3 pm. Food boxes are prepared in advance for walk or drive up pick up.
     
    Portland Adventist Community Services (NE): 11020 NE Halsey St., Portland. Offering prepacked food boxes for pick up,  Monday – Friday 9am– 11am. They also provide a mobile food pantry service to some neighborhoods.
     
    One Hope Food Pantry (NE): Located at 5425 NE 27th Ave., Portland 97211. Open for drive-through and pickup Saturdays, 1-3 pm. Food boxes are available each week and a hot meal is served on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.
     
    Sunshine Division (SE):  free emergency food boxes to pick up or be delivered. They are located at 12436 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233. For hours and more information, please visit sunshinedivision.org or call 503.609.0285.
     
    William Temple House (NW): 2023 NW Hoyt St., Portland. Offering a walk-in pantry, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-2 pm. A guide to the pantry can be found here.
     
    Lift Urban Portland (SW):  Located at 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland 97201. Food pantry hours of operation are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A random number lottery takes place 5 minutes before opening to determine your place in line.
     
    Portland Open Bible food pantry (SE):  Located at 3223 SE 92nd Ave., Portland 97266. Pick-up food boxes, information can be found here. Hours of operation are Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
     
    For more information about access to food for families including the Oregon Food Bank, please call 211, or  text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877 for Meals locations. or visit oregonfoodfinder.org.
     
    Self Enhancement Inc also has a list of community food resources that includes sites in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washingon and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Vancouver, WA area schools.
     
     
     

    a red apple on top of three textbooks on a desk with grey background
    “The most accurate predictors of student achievement in school are not family income or social status, but the extent to which the family creates a home environment that encourages learning, communicates high yet reasonable expectations for the child’s achievement, and becomes involved in the child’s education at school.”
    National PTA, 2000

    Parent-teacher conferences can make parents and kids (and teachers!) feel anxious, but it helps when we feel prepared. Like all good conversations, parent-teacher conferences are best when both people talk and listen. This meeting is the time for you to find out about your child's progress in school and ask their teacher to show you information about your child's attendance, grades and test results. And to find out if your child is meeting school expectations and academic standards. This is also time for the teacher to find out how your child is at home. When you tell the teacher about your child's abilities, interests, needs, and dreams, the teacher can help your child more. 

    Here are some ideas to help you prepare for your next parent-teacher conference.

    Main points for a successful meeting

    • Keep the emphasis on learning. 
    • Review samples of your child’s work.
    • Listen carefully and take notes.
    • Ask questions.
    • Respect the conversation, stay calm.
    • Follow up if an action was decided upon.

    Remember, your child absolutely deserves to receive the attention, commitment and support they need to be successful in school. And the parent-teacher conference is one valuable way you can ensure this is happening.  

    Before the meeting

    • If you cannot attend the meeting on the day and time that it's scheduled, inform the teacher and request to reschedule.
    • Talk to your child about how they feel at school and how they think school is going.
    • Ask your child to share with you what they want to accomplish this school year.
    • If possible, set some learning goals together that you can share with their teacher.
    • Review homework, tests and grades (if you have them).
    • You will likely receive both positive feedback on your child's progress and feedback on areas that need improvement. Be prepared to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of their challenges.
    • If needed, request an interpreter beforehand; your child should not act as interpreter during the meeting.
    • Make a list of questions based on how your child is doing at school (see below for some sample questions).
    • If possible, send a note to the teacher with your questions ahead of time so they can prepare as well.

    During the meeting

    • Thank the teacher for meeting with you.    
    • Ask about your child’s academic development. 
    • Ask for evaluations and samples of your child’s work.
    • Ask for ideas on how to help your child at home.
    • Ask for explanations of anything you do not understand.
    • Ask the teacher how they will contribute to your child’s success.
    • Respectfully discuss differences of opinion.
    • Pay attention to the teacher’s comments and take notes on what is said and planned.
    • In many cases we do not have the precise words to respond to the teacher’s comments in the moment. It is fine to "sleep on it" or get a second opinion before making decisions/agreements.
    • Focus your comments on academics. If your child engages in behaviors that are affecting their learning or achievement, ask the teacher for a different meeting to discuss.
    • Ask that the school notify you as soon as possible about any inappropriate behaviors. It is important to your child’s future that you take action immediately.
    • Likewise, ask the teacher not to wait until the parent-teacher conference to tell you about your child's performance.

    After the meeting

    • Reflect on what topics were reviewed and what topics need a follow-up.
    • Make a plan to follow up on what you and the teacher agreed upon to help your child be successful in class.
    • Set a date to meet with the teacher again and keep in touch with the teacher.
    • Talk with your child.
    • Start working on an action plan or family agreement.
    • Learn more about the education system, the school curriculum, and the tests your child must take (the library can help!).

    Possible questions for parent-teacher conferences
    1. How is my child doing in your class? What are their grades?
    2. Is my child attending a special class, program or group? Why? What is the purpose of having my student there?
    3. Is my child on grade level for reading? What about math, science and writing? Do you have any recommendations for my student to improve their learning? (Note: If tutoring is mentioned, please check out our post on free tutoring resources.)
    4. What do you suggest we do if we are at home and my student gets “stuck” on homework?
    5. What are the most important and complex (content-related) ideas my child needs to understand by the end of the year? 
    6. How do you measure academic progress?
    7. Has my child failed to return any homework or project?
    8. Does my child participate and express their opinions in class?
    9. Overall, do you have any concerns about my child’s academic progress?
    10. What are the best school or district resources that we should consider using as a family to support our child in the classroom?
    11. What can I do to help you and my child?
    12. What is the best way for me to reach you?

    This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

    young person in a classroom holding a sign that reads, "Stop the bullying"
    October is the perfect time to explore all the things we can do to prevent bullying, especially now that kids are back in school.  October is also World Bullying Prevention month, when we focus on promoting a kinder, more accepting and inclusive society.  According to StopBullying.gov, there are a few simple things we can do to prevent bullying in our own communities, including:

    Multnomah County Library staff would like to add:

    • Reading books and resources that show kids ways to deal with bullies and bullying behavior.         

    To help with this last point, we’ve pulled together a few reading lists (below).  We also asked library staff to tell us about their favorite books that address bullies and bullying. Here's what they have to recommend:    

    “I really love Bob Staake's Bluebird,” says Carolyn from Woodstock Library. “It is really sad but beautiful and poignant.” Alisa from Albina Library agrees. “It's so beautiful. I have cried on more than one occasion looking at that book.”

    Alisa also recommends The Boy in the Orange Cape by Adam Ciccio. “It’s a heartwarming story about how the power of empathy and kindness begins with one person, then quickly spreads out to help support those in need.”  

    “I really love The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld,” says Ekatrina at Holgate Library. “It has a powerful message about holding space for a child — or anyone who has faced a devastating loss — to process it in their own way, in their own time. And I love how in the end there is a magnificent sense of excitement and hope.”

    “My favorite is Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems,” says Sarah from Central Library. “It helps you realize to not take a bully's behavior personally and how you can disarm them with vulnerability. It's also super funny, fun to read, and has some great alternatives for swears.”

    SyNova from Kenton Library recommends I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët.  “It's a wordless picture that kids and adults can have heartfelt dialogue about the different emotions throughout the book about kindness and stand up for others that are being bullied in front of them while at school and how that would be like to me when going back to school this year.” Kate from Youth Services also loves this one. “It shows that even small acts of kindness can make a difference to the person being bullied and can give others the courage to do something too.”  

    Jen from Cataloging recommends Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester. “Sometimes what we believe to be weaknesses turn out to be strengths. Just showing up and being willing to try is the bravery that defeats the bully. Hooway for Wodney Wat!” 

    Danielle from Capitol Hill Library recommends Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. “It’s a reminder that bullying can come in many forms. Exclusion can be just as hurtful as other forms of bullying.” 

    “I still like Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen because it has the typical smart kid being mercilessly bullied at school,” says Ebonee from Books2U, “but it also explores intellectual ‘bullying.’”

    “One of my favorite books last year for middle grades is The Boys in the Back which has a fantastic, non-didactic anti-bullying and anti-toxic-masculinity message,” says Natasha from Hollywood Library. “It's such a great example of male friendship!”  

    Rebecca from Virtual Services recommends a title for teens. “I really liked the book Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein. “It showed me how much more challenging things can be for kids and teens who have additional barriers they're dealing with — physical as well as emotional and psychological.”

    Holly from Midland Library recommends a book for parents of middle schoolers. "Queen Bees & Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman takes the issue on in multiple ways and helps dissect what is happening, and how to counteract the more aggressive behaviors seen in pre-teen and early teen girls." 

    And finally, Jen from Youth Services recommends Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. “This is a story about a group of wonderfully unique kids who are brought together by the neighborhood bully’s mean prank. There is humor and courage and a really sweet guinea pig named Gulliver.”  

    This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

    When we talk about what to do about bullying, the word "prevention" comes up a lot.  During October, World Bullying Prevention month, we are sharing helpful books and resources.  What can we do to prevent bullying in our own family and school communities? According to StopBullying.gov, there are a few simple things we can do, including:

    Multnomah County Library staff would like to add:

    • Reading books and resources that show kids ways to deal with bullies and bullying behavior.         

    To help with this last point, we’ve pulled together a few reading lists (below).  We also asked library staff to tell us about their favorite books that address bullies and bullying. Here's what they have to recommend:    

    “I really love Bob Staake's Bluebird,” says Carolyn from Woodstock Library. “It is really sad but beautiful and poignant.” Alisa from Albina Library agrees. “It's so beautiful. I have cried on more than one occasion looking at that book.”

    Alisa also recommends The Boy in the Orange Cape by Adam Ciccio. “It’s a heartwarming story about how the power of empathy and kindness begins with one person, then quickly spreads out to help support those in need.”  

    “I really love The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld,” says Ekatrina at Holgate Library. “It has a powerful message about holding space for a child — or anyone who has faced a devastating loss — to process it in their own way, in their own time. And I love how in the end there is a magnificent sense of excitement and hope.”

    “My favorite is Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems,” says Sarah from Central Library. “It helps you realize to not take a bully's behavior personally and how you can disarm them with vulnerability. It's also super funny, fun to read, and has some great alternatives for swears.”

    SyNova from Kenton Library recommends I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët.  “It's a wordless picture that kids and adults can have heartfelt dialogue about the different emotions throughout the book about kindness and stand up for others that are being bullied in front of them while at school and how that would be like to me when going back to school this year.” Kate from Youth Services also loves this one. “It shows that even small acts of kindness can make a difference to the person being bullied and can give others the courage to do something too.”  

    Jen from Cataloging recommends Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester. “Sometimes what we believe to be weaknesses turn out to be strengths. Just showing up and being willing to try is the bravery that defeats the bully. Hooway for Wodney Wat!” 

    Danielle from Capitol Hill Library recommends Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. “It’s a reminder that bullying can come in many forms. Exclusion can be just as hurtful as other forms of bullying.” 

    “I still like Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen because it has the typical smart kid being mercilessly bullied at school,” says Ebonee from Books2U, “but it also explores intellectual ‘bullying.’”

    “One of my favorite books last year for middle grades is The Boys in the Back which has a fantastic, non-didactic anti-bullying and anti-toxic-masculinity message,” says Natasha from Hollywood Library. “It's such a great example of male friendship!”  

    Rebecca from Kenton Library recommends a title for teens. “I really liked the book Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein. “It showed me how much more challenging things can be for kids and teens who have additional barriers they're dealing with — physical as well as emotional and psychological.”

    Holly from Midland Library recommends a book for parents of middle schoolers. "Queen Bees & Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman takes the issue on in multiple ways and helps dissect what is happening, and how to counteract the more aggressive behaviors seen in pre-teen and early teen girls." 

    And finally, Jen from Youth Services recommends Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. “This is a story about a group of wonderfully unique kids who are brought together by the neighborhood bully’s mean prank. There is humor and courage and a really sweet guinea pig named Gulliver.”  

    This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

    closeup on the face of a young child with mask on
    Going back to school has always made kids anxious — and their caregivers too! What will they wear? Will their friends be nice to them? Will they make new friends? Who will they sit with at lunch? Will a school bully be in class with them? And so on … .

    This year’s return to school has an added layer of anxiety due to the pandemic. And as this article from the Child Mind Institute notes, “children who are heading back to the classroom this fall are facing unusual challenges, and one of them is an overall feeling of anxiety about what to expect.”

    The article goes on to give some tips on how to address this anxiety:

    • Validate your child’s feelings
    • Set the tone by being calm and confident
    • Help your child focus on positive things
    • Make sure your child has a predictable routine
    • Emphasize safety and encourage flexibility
    • Know when to seek further help

    Please see the full article for more detailed tips and ideas to help your child gain confidence and independence for a smooth school transition. It is also available in Spanish. Plus the Child Mind Institute has Back to School Tips for Parents.

    And if you have a teenager heading back to school, you might be seeing a lot of turmoil. As with younger kids, it’s important to accept that these feelings are valid. And it’s also important to realize that teens may process these feelings differently than younger folks. A recent New York Times article (PDF linked below*) gives tips on how to support teens as they head back to school, with specific ideas on how to get their feelings out and flowing, without them turning into a flood. Some of the ideas mentioned are:

    • Rather than trying to “fix” your teen’s problems, “listening intently and offering genuine compassion may be all that’s needed.” 
    • “Adolescents looking for psychological relief may need a good cry to release their frustration ...Others might temper their emotions by engaging in intense physical activity. So long as it’s safe, don’t be put off by how young people discharge psychological tension.”
    • Teens might take a needed break “from worrying about the Delta variant by getting lost in a book or TikTok videos.”
    • Getting outside and moving around can also help.
    • Some may want to talk via text, rather than face-to-face.
    • As with younger kids, caregivers who are calm and confident can act like a sandbag during a flood.
    • And sometimes distraction is the best remedy. 
    • They also discuss when it’s important to be concerned and look for more help. 

    We also wrote a previous post on teen mental health that we invite you to read. And again, we are here to support you, so let us know what we can do (contact email below). 

    This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

    *If you do not subscribe to the New York Times you can get full access to their articles through the library’s databases. Here is a PDF of the article mentioned from our database: Damour, L. (2021). How to support teenagers as they head back to school, as well as a direct link into the database. Contact us for more information.

    Young student in classroom with mask on
    Dear families, as we embark on our third school year filled with uncertainty, we want you to know that we are here to help. We know that you and the children you care for are tired and frustrated, so we have pulled together some resources to assist you, and encourage you to contact us at learning@multcolib.org for any further support:

    Educational Support

    Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Students & Families page: Find resources on everything from school busing to graduation requirements

    Parent/teacher conferences: Prepare ahead of time for parent/teacher conferences to feel more comfortable and confident. 

    Schools and COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the ODE.

    Tutoring: We have listed a variety of free tutoring opportunities on our blog, including the library’s K-12 Virtual Tutoring service, providing 30-minute sessions with adult tutors once a week on Tuesdays.

    Food

    Meal resources for families: We try to keep this post up-to-date on meal resources in Multnomah County (and beyond). 

    Health

    Mental Health Moment: Back-to-school anxiety: Going back to school has always made kids - and their caregivers! - anxious. We share some ideas to help smooth the transition. 

    Multnomah County Student Health Centers: Student Health Centers are like having a doctor’s office at school. They offer comprehensive primary and mental health care services to all Multnomah County youth ages 5-18. There are no out-of-pocket costs. 

    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Mental Health and Well-being Page: The ODE is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Oregon students and their families. 

    Talking with teens about mental health: As caregivers, we must listen to our teenagers and reach out if we see concerning signs. Here are some resources to help.

    What we can do to prevent bullying: Library staff offer resources, information and book recommendations about bullying and bullying prevention. 

    Technology

    Emergency Broadband Benefit: Provided by the FCC, this program allows eligible households to enroll through an approved provider or by visiting GetEmergencyBroadband.org.

    Library computers and internet access: The library offers free access to computers, chromebooks, printers and scanners within our library buildings. We also offer technology assistance in other ways. Please contact our Tech Help for more information or call us at 503.988.5123.

    This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

    "Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know." - Alberto Manguel

    Talking with people about books is a shortcut to knowing them -- what they think, value and love. Talking together about books builds understanding and community. Get started with these resources to find, join and sustain book groups.

    People reading and talking online
    Finding a book group

    The library is currently focused on providing online book groups for youth. Find listings for these book clubs, as well as one time events by searching for Book Clubs and Discussion Groups under “type of event” on the library’s events page.

    Everybody Reads is the library’s community wide reading project, taking place each year from January to March. Check the Everybody Reads page for details about book discussions and related events.

    Mt. Hood Reads - Every year, Mt. Hood Community College invites students and members of the community to join them for discussions around a book or books.

    Noname Book Club is an online/irl community dedicated to uplifting POC voices by highlighting two books each month written by authors of color. Here is a list of their past picks available from Multnomah County Library.

    Indigenous Book Club is a digital book club for reading Indigenous authored books and books about Indigenous people. All are welcome, with special respect and centering of Indigenous people.

    Science Friday book club - Science Friday runs this online book club for those interested in reading and exploring science. 

    BookBrowse Online Book Club offers a curated resource of contemporary fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding.

    Delve Reader Readers’ Seminars, via Literary Arts - There is a cost to participate in these discussions featuring canonical books.

    Sustaining a book group

    Finding books that appeal to everyone can be challenging, but we have resources to help. Check out our Pageturner to Go kits that include 10 copies of popular book discussion titles.

    Do you need help with ideas for you next read? Ask our My Librarian team - we can provide customized lists based on the tastes of your group, and help you place holds on multiple copies. We can also help with books in Spanish.

    If you’re primarily using digital titles, check out this  "Always Available" e-book collection from OverDrive, made up of some 3000 classic titles.

    Here are the most popular available e-books - this link updates automatically to available titles. 

    Is your question about book groups still unanswered? Contact us for more information.

    Americans’ fascination with the frontier has its origins in Dime Novels. The frontier was the setting of this literary form of pop fiction. The tales that hooked readers to these books have also lured Americans to see films about the America West and the US-Mexico border. Frontier movies that dramatized violence, drugs, smuggling, and lawlessness, just to name a few, kept moviegoers returning to theaters in the 20th century.

     

     

     

     

    You can see traces of frontier tales in silent films, talkies, film noirs, westerns, comedies, Sci-Fi’s, and, lately, War on Drugs and War on terrors flicks. While film genres have evolved, to convey the stories making headlines during a specific time, storylines share similarities. Even in the 1935 New Deal classic, “Bordertown,” featuring a young Bette Davis, the frontier is a place where a person can make lots of money in gambling and booze. Likewise, the only way you can regain order and re-establish civilization at the US-Mexico border is by exterminating “bad hombres” with extreme prejudice as in both Sicario films.  

    Motion pictures about the frontier have not only created movie fans, they have also criminalized the people and culture of the US-Mexico border region.

    Image of a red stamp on a white background. The red stamp has the word certified on it.
    Career Certificates are generally verifiable proof of skills or education that can help you move up in your current job or improve your chances of getting hired for a new job. They can be industry specific or more general. Depending on the skill involved they can sometimes be obtained in a relatively short period of time. Examples include software programs, project management, construction trades and dental assisting.

    When determining which certifications are necessary or preferred for the job you want, it is important to do some research. You could start by talking to people currently working in the field and looking at job announcements and descriptions and see what they specify. The library has tools to help you find out what certain jobs require: the Occupational Outlook Handbook and Learning Express Library. Library staff are available to help you use these resources.

    Many certification programs involve fees. Make sure any organization offering certificates is valid and accepted by the industry you are interested in before spending money on it. Sometimes you can find scholarships or other help in paying these fees. In some cases, your current employer may assist in this kind of professional development if it increases your knowledge and abilities in your job.

    Multnomah County Library has two resources to help you study and prepare for certain certifications: Linkedin Learning for Libraries and Learning Express Library.

    Library staff can help you do research about your chosen field requirements and investigate organizations that provide certificates. Contact us to ask questions or book a One-on-One appointment.

    Did you know the library is more than books? Try a scavenger hunt to explore the library website and catalog. Discover some new resouces and learn a bit about the library. How many languages does TumbleBooks offer books in? What app can you use to learn a language? When did your neighborhood library open? Try all or some of the questions. Click here for the questions and, when you're ready, here are answers and how to find them.

    My love  for combining recipes into new dishes is a reflection of my upbringing in the US-Mexico border.

    On summer evenings when my dad would take us to the ballpark to watch little league baseball games, an older brother who was a hotdog fan would drag me to the concession stand to satisfy his craving. Though not a hotdog fan myself, I would also purchase one. I would take a bite, then two, until I would finish it. On Sundays at noon on the Mexican side of the border -- yes, the same hotdog-loving brother -- would drag me after mass to a vendor in the mercado to get perritos calientes. While not a fan of Mexican hotdogs either, I would do the honorable thing and buy one. What I remember most and still enjoy on special occasions are the ingredients. The pico de gallo and fresh cilantro made a big difference to the ketchup and chopped white onions. 

     

     

     

    Years later, when I found myself in Eastern Europe, I had a similar experience looking for home cooked meals. No! I wasn’t looking for hotdogs or hamburgers. I wanted something closer to

    home. I was therefore surprised when I came across a Tex-Mex restaurant in Pécs, Hungary. Yes! Tex-Mex! I had to go in, and I had to have a guisado with flour tortillas. What could be more Texas Mexican than a beef guisado with nopalitos and flour tortillas? No! I did not have either. I did enjoy the soup and the piece of bread the server brought me. 

    The lists of cookbooks below offer some of the recipes I have combined into original dishes. 

    Buen Provecho

    As a child, I fell in love with Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, and Generation X comics. They opened the door to fantastical worlds where art married text and stuffed animals could talk! In highschool I happened upon my first graphic novel that didn’t include fantasy elements when I picked up Sophie Campbell’s Wet Moon Vol 1. It changed my life as a reader! 

    As a Black female growing up during a time when it was rare to see people who looked like me and shared similar experiences/interests represented within the media, I was delighted to see myself reflected in the multicultural alternative teen characters who were navigating their first year of art school in the fictional goth town of Wet Moon. Not only was I taken by the storyline that depicted the day to day life of an angsty group of friends, I was also exquisitely inspired by the black and white realistic-yet stylized illustrations.

    Flash forward a couple decades and I have had the opportunity to dive deeply into the genre of slice of life graphic novels. Among them, The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillion is my favorite. Worth the read for the breathtaking watercolor illustrations alone, this graphic novel explores the everyday life of Nao-a half Japanese, half white young woman as she struggles with a form of OCD that causes her to have intrusive violent thoughts, searches for love, and dreams of a career in illustration. Themes of addiction, mental health, biracial identity, and healing are beautifully intwined within this phenomenal read.

    The graphic novel Here by Richard McGuire takes on an unusual direction. Scenes of a corner of a room and all the changes that occur within the space over the span of thousands of years are interwoven in this intriguing and beautifully illustrated graphic novel. 

    When ordinary moments are illuminated we see ourselves as everyday superheroes. Graphic novels about everyday life. Check out the list below to see more reading recommendations of slice of life graphic novels! 

    Drawing of Lady Justice in front of an American flag.
    Life is full of law questions. Whether you are researching laws or looking for legal help, we can suggest some excellent resources to help you out.

    First, a caveat: It is against state law for library staff members to engage in any conduct that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law; we may not interpret statutes, cases or regulations, perform legal research, recommend or assist in the preparation of forms, or advise patrons regarding their legal rights.

    The following is not a comprehensive list, but it will help you get started. (Check out COVID-19 laws and legal help for resources specific to the pandemic.) If you have questions or need research suggestions, contact us anytime!


    Free & reduced-cost legal help:

    The Community Legal & Educational Access & Referral Clinic provides free assistance with criminal record and eviction expungements, DACA applications and renewals, housing and immigration court navigation, legal name and gender-marker changes, and more.
     
    Legal Aid Services of Oregon
    A statewide non-profit organization that provides access to legal help for people to protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families.
     
    The OSB Lawyer Referral Service can refer you to a lawyer who may be able to assist you with your legal matter.
     
    Oregon State Bar Modest Means program
    An OSB program to help moderate-income Oregonians find affordable legal assistance.
     
    A nonprofit law firm that offers sliding-scale legal services.

    Legal advocacy and assistance for:

    Artists
    Consumers
    Crime victims
    Families
    Immigrants and refugees
    Inmates
    LGBTQ+ community
    Military service members and their dependents
    Native American community
    People with disabilities
    Renters
    Russian community
    Seniors
    Teens
    Veterans
    Workers

    Legal research and forms:

    General legal information on a variety of topics, provided as a public service by Oregon's lawyers. 
     
    Free legal information for low-income Oregonians.
     
    One-on-one help, legal research tools, classes and instructions for litigants so that they can meaningfully participate in the court process. Free to all self-represented parties, regardless of income.
     
    Links to resources for users who want to learn more about the law and courts or want to represent themselves in a legal matter.
     
    Free online access to various legal forms and complete NOLO legal reference books on common legal topics. The Washington County Law Library is also open to the public and has many great resources online and in person.
     
    Promoting justice by providing all Oregonians with access to legal information and legal research assistance.
     
    Forms, court records, and information about going to court.
     
    Free online access to court calendars and basic case information for the Oregon circuit courts and the Oregon Tax Court.
     
    A legal research tool that lets you search sources of law from Oregon, the U.S. Government and many other western states. 
     
    Provides online access to briefs and opinions of the Oregon Supreme and Appellate Courts, legal research guides, and in-person and virtual legal reference services.
     
    Information and forms from the federal Judiciary.
     
    Includes legislative information and a Guide to Law Online.
     
    Learn about your rights as a person living in the United States of America.
     
    Find out how to file a complaint or appeal a decision related to health information privacy, civil rights, Medicare, and more.

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    新冠疫情持续限制了我们出入公共场所,许多日常活动如在校学习、工作、就诊、和银行业务等等,目前都在网上进行,然而这也使得我们的个人信息容易受到网络犯罪分子的攻击。学习并了解更多如何保护自己的网上安全。

    屏护您的密码!

    诈骗者获取您的数据的最常见方式之一是窃取重要帐户的密码。设立一个高强度的密码是确保数据安全最简单而有效的方法之一。

    经常更新密码。

    • 经常更新密码以防止诈骗,并减少您的帐户发生大量数据泄漏的可能性。专家建议每3个月更新一次密码。

    使用长词组合代替短词。

    • 尝试使用名言、俗语甚至歌词作为密码,像 “we all live in a yellow submarine“(我们都住在一艘黄色潜艇里),这长度的短语很容易记住,但电脑较难猜测。
    • 为您的密码添加数字、大写字母、和特殊字符,例如:P4$$w0rD。这种简单的方法使您的密码变得更安全,但是请勿使用太难记的密码。

    为每个特定帐户创建唯一的密码。 

    • 在帐户之间重复使用密码会使许多帐户面临风险。如果诈骗者获得一个密码,他们就可以打开与该密码相关联的每个帐户。
    • 锁定确保您最重要的帐户安全,就从银行、社群媒体、或健康保险户口开始。

    黄色菱形标识表示诈骗警告

    识别常见骗局

    互联网诈骗愈形普遍,网络犯罪分子创造了窃取数据的新方法,以下是一些最常见的骗局。

    网络钓鱼诈骗

    网络钓鱼是最流行的一种骗局。网络钓鱼是指诈骗者伪装成可靠来源,例如企业、政府机构、甚至是亲属,来获取您的个人信息。他们发送虚假电子邮件、电话、和短信,试图从受害者那里“钓到鱼”。最常见的网络钓鱼诈骗是一封带有引导虚假网站的超级链接的电子邮件,这些网站可以用病毒窃取密码或感染您的电脑。

    寻找这些迹象以辨别网络钓鱼电子邮件:

    • 语法和错误的拼写
    • 奇怪/陌生的电子邮件地址
    • 令人惊恐的语言,例如威胁采取法律行动或索要金钱
    • 提供的东西好的令人难以置信,例如丰厚的现金奖励

    礼品卡诈骗

    有一种流行的骗局是骗子跟您提议购买礼品卡,并用此支付捏造的假账单或费用。这样的骗局有很多种,例如:

    • 您的社会保险帐户有问题
    • 电力公司威胁要断电
    • 让您先购买一张卡即可获得巨额现金奖励的讯息
    • 孙辈或亲戚在没有任何前兆的情况下突然需要钱

    新冠疫情诈骗

    由于新冠疫情越来越多的业务转移到网上,诈骗者利用我们对新冠疫情的恐惧编造了新的骗局,例如:

    • 意外短信/电话要求您支付疫苗费用 
    • 有关您所在地区的新冠疫情病例的可怕警告
    • 提供虚假新冠疫情测试以窃取您的保险资料
    • 通知您,您未订购的包裹正在​​运送途中,并附有引导其“跟踪编号”的链接

    简单言之

    虽然互联网可能是一个具有危险性的地方,但只需遵循一些基本提示即可帮助您阻止网络犯罪分子并享受互联网带来的便利。我们最重要的三个提示是:

    1. 注意于创建高强度密码,并尽可能减少重复使用。
    2. 切勿点击您不希望收到的电子邮件或您不知道的电话号码中的任何链接。
    3. 如有疑问,请记住,任何要求使用礼品卡支付账单或费用的建议都是骗局。

    如果您发觉本文列出的任何骗局,可以拨打AARP欺诈监督热线877-908-3360,或连系消费者财务保护局

    AARP欺诈监视网络中查找更多密码保护技巧。

    消费者报告中查看利用冠状病毒疫情诈骗手段的更多信息。

    想了解更多关于网络诈骗的信息吗? 请查看联邦贸易委员会的常见诈骗词汇

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    COVID-19 продолжает ограничивать наши посещения общественных мест. Многие из наших повседневных задач, таких как учеба, работа, визиты к врачу и банковские операции, теперь выполняются онлайн. Все это делает личную информацию уязвимой для киберпреступников. Узнайте больше о том, как защитить себя в сети Интернет.

    Защитите свои пароли!

    Кража паролей к важным учетным записям - один из самых распространенных способов доступа мошенников к вашим данным. Создание надежных паролей - один из самых простых и полезных способов сохранить ваши данные в целости и сохранности.

    Меняйте пароли чаще.

    • Регулярно обновляйте свои пароли, чтобы защититься от мошенников и сделать ваши учетные записи более защищенными от больших утечек данных. Специалисты рекомендуют обновлять пароли каждые 3 месяца.

    Используйте длинные фразы вместо коротких слов.

    • Попробуйте использовать известные цитаты, общие высказывания или даже тексты песен для своих паролей. Длинные фразы вроде «мы все живем в желтой подводной лодке (we all live in a yellow submarine)» легко запомнить, а компьютеру сложнее угадать.
    • Добавляйте в пароли цифры, заглавные буквы и специальные символы. (Например, P4$$w0rD) Это простой способ сделать ваш пароль более надежным. Будьте осторожны, не создавайте пароль, который слишком трудно запомнить.

    Создавайте уникальные пароли для каждой отдельной учетной записи.  

    • Повторное использование паролей между учетными записями подвергает риску многие учетные записи. Если мошенник получает один пароль, он может открыть каждую учетную запись, связанную с этим паролем.
    • Сосредоточьтесь на обеспечении безопасности ваших самых важных учетных записей. Начните с ваших банков, социальных сетей или сервисов медицинского страхования.

    Знак желтого ромба с надписью "Предупреждение о мошенничестве

    Распознавайте распространенные виды мошенничества

    Интернет-мошенничество становится все более распространенным явлением. Киберпреступники придумывают новые способы получения ваших данных. Ниже описаны некоторые из наиболее распространенных видов мошенничества.

    Фишинг

    Одним из самых популярных видов мошенничества является фишинг. Фишинг - это вид интернет-мошенничества, при котором мошенники притворяются надежным источником, например, компанией, государственным учреждением или даже родственником, чтобы получить вашу личную информацию. Они отправляют поддельные электронные письма, телефонные звонки и текстовые сообщения, пытаясь «укусить» пострадавшего. Самым распространенным способом фишинга является электронное письмо с гиперссылками на поддельные веб-сайты, на которых могут украсть пароли или заразить ваш компьютер вирусом.

    Вот признаки, которые помогут обнаружить фишинговые письма:

    • Грамматические и орфографические ошибки
    • Странные / незнакомые адреса электронной почты
    • Пугающие выражения, например угрозы судебного иска или требования возврата денег
    • Предложения, которые слишком хороши, чтобы быть правдой, такие как большой денежный приз

    Мошенничество с подарочными картами

    Один из популярных видов мошенничества заключается в том, что мошенник предлагает вам купить подарочную карту, чтобы оплатить поддельный счет или комиссию. Существует множество разновидностей этого мошенничества, например:

    Проблема с вашей учетной записью социального обеспечения
    Энергокомпания угрожает отключить вам электричество
    Сообщение о том, что вы выиграли большой денежный приз, но вначале должны купить подарочную карту
    Внук или родственник, который внезапно просит денег без предупреждения

    Мошенничество с коронавирусом

    В связи с тем, что из-за COVID-19 все больше компаний переходит в Интернет, мошенники придумывают новые способы обмана, которые играют на наших страхах перед COVID-19, например:

    • Неожиданные сообщения / звонки с просьбой заплатить за вакцину. 
    • Пугающие предупреждения о новых случаях COVID в вашем районе
    • Предложения поддельных тестов на COVID для кражи вашей страховой информации
    • Уведомления о том, что посылка, которую вы не заказывали, уже в пути, со ссылкой на ее «номер для отслеживания».

    Краткие выводы

    Хотя Интернет может быть пугающим местом, соблюдение всего нескольких основных правил поможет вам остановить киберпреступников и безопасно работать в сети. Наши три самых важных совета:

    1. Позаботьтесь о создании надежных паролей и как можно реже используйте их повторно.
    2. НИКОГДА не переходите по ссылкам в неожиданном электронном письме или от незнакомого номера телефона.
    3. В случае сомнений помните, что ЛЮБОЙ запрос на оплату счета или комиссии с помощью подарочной карты ЯВЛЯЕТСЯ МОШЕННИЧЕСТВОМ.

    Если вы заметили какое-либо признаки мошенничества, перечисленные выше, вы можете позвонить на горячую линию AARP Fraud-Watch Helpline по телефону 877-908-3360, или обратиться в Бюро финансовой защиты потребителей.

    Дополнительные советы по защите паролей можно найти в сети наблюдения за мошенничеством AARP.

    Дополнительную информацию о мошенничестве с коронавирусом можно найти на сайте Отчеты для потребителей.

    Хотите узнать больше об интернет-мошенничестве?  Ознакомьтесь с глоссарием распространенных видов мошенничества Федеральной торговой комиссии.

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    COVID-19 tiếp tục hạn chế quyền sử dụng khu vực công cộng của chúng ta. Nhiều hoạt động hàng ngày, như trường học, cơ quan, khám bệnh với bác sĩ và giao dịch ngân hàng thời nay được thực hiện trên mạng. Điều này khiến cho tội phạm mạng lấy cắp thông tin cá nhân dễ dàng. Hãy tìm hiểu thêm về cách bảo vệ thông tin cá nhân khi sử dụng mạng.

    Bảo vệ mật mã của quý vị!

    • Một trong những cách phổ biến nhất mà những kẻ lừa đảo có thể lấy được dữ liệu của quý vị là đánh cắp mật mã của những tài khoản quan trọng. Tạo mật mã đủ phức tạp là một trong những cách dễ nhất và hữu hiệu nhất để giữ cho thông tin của quý vị an toàn và bảo mật.

    Thay đổi mật mã thường xuyên

    • Thay đổi mật mã thường xuyên để phòng tránh những kẻ lừa đảo và làm cho tài khoản khó bị xâm nhập hơn. Các chuyên gia khuyên nên thay đổi mật mã ba tháng một lần.

    Sử dụng mật mã có cụm từ dài thay vì từ ngắn

    • Hãy thử sử dụng những trích dẫn nổi tiếng, những câu nói phổ biến hoặc thậm chí là lời bài hát cho mật mã của quý vị. Những cụm từ dài như “tất cả chúng ta đều sống trong chiếc tàu ngầm màu vàng” (we all live in a yellow submarine) rất dễ nhớ và máy tính càng khó đoán.
    • Thêm     số, chữ in hoa và ký tự đặc biệt vào mật mã của quý vị. (Ví dụ: P4$$w0rD). Đây là một cách dễ dàng để làm cho mật mã của quý vị an toàn hơn. Hãy cẩn thận đừng tạo mật mã quá khó nhớ.

    Tạo mật mã duy nhất cho từng tài khoản cụ thể

    • Việc sử dụng cùng một mật mã cho các tài khoản khác nhau khiến đa số tài khoản gặp rủi ro. Nếu kẻ lừa đảo có được một mật mã, chúng có thể mở hết các tài khoản có kết nối với mật mã đó.
    • Tập trung vào việc bảo vệ an toàn cho các tài khoản quan trọng nhất. Bắt đầu với tài khoản ngân hàng, mạng xã hội hoặc bảo hiểm y tế của quý vị.

    Bảng cảnh báo lừa đảo, hình thoi màu vàng có chữ Scam Alert

    Nhận biết những trò lừa đảo phổ biến

    Lừa đảo trên internet ngày càng trở nên phổ biến hơn. Tội phạm mạng tập hợp những cách mới để lấy dữ liệu của quý vị. Dưới đây là một số trò lừa đảo phổ biến nhất:

    Lừa đảo bằng cách gửi thông điệp giả mạo

    Một trong những trò lừa đảo phổ biến nhất là gửi thông điệp giả mạo. Những kẻ lừa đảo đóng giả như một nguồn đáng tin cậy — một doanh nghiệp, cơ quan chính phủ hoặc thậm chí là người thân gửi quý vị một nội dung giả mạo để lừa lấy thông tin cá nhân. Chúng gửi những email, gọi điện thoại và tin nhắn không có thật, nhử nạn nhân vào trò lừa bịp. Trò lừa đảo phổ biến nhất là gửi một email có siêu liên kết đến những trang web giả nhằm lấy cắp mật mã hoặc đưa một chương trình virus vào máy tính của quý vị.

    Hãy tìm các dấu hiệu này để phát hiện ra những email giả:

    • Lỗi ngữ pháp và chính tả
    • Địa chỉ email lạ, không quen thuộc
    • Ngôn ngữ đáng sợ, như đe dọa hành động pháp lý hoặc đòi tiền  
    • Lời mời chào quá xa sự thật, như là một giải thưởng tiền mặt lớn

    Lừa đảo qua thẻ quà tặng

    Một trò lừa đảo cũng phổ biến là kẻ lừa đảo bảo quý vị mua thẻ quà tặng để thanh toán hóa đơn hoặc lệ phí giả. Loại lừa đảo này có nhiều hình thức, chẳng hạn như:

    • Bảo quý vị có vấn đề rắc rối về tài khoản An sinh Xã hội      
    • Một công ty điện lực đe dọa cắt dịch vụ của quý vị
    • Thông báo rằng quý vị đã giành được giải thưởng tiền mặt lớn, và bảo quý vị mua thẻ trước
    • Cháu hoặc người thân đột nhiên hỏi tiền bạc mà không báo trước

    Lừa đảo liên quan đến Coronavirus

    Có nhiều doanh nghiệp hơn đã chuyển qua kinh doanh trực tuyến do COVID-19, nhóm lừa đảo đã tạo ra những trò lừa đảo mới đánh vào nỗi sợ hãi của chúng ta về COVID-19, chẳng hạn như:

    • Tin nhắn, cuộc gọi bất ngờ yêu cầu quý vị trả tiền cho vắc-xin (vaccine)     
    • Cảnh báo đáng sợ về những ca nhiễm COVID mới trong khu vực của quý vị
    • Đề nghị xét nghiệm COVID giả để lấy cắp thông tin bảo hiểm của quý vị
    • Những lưu ý về một gói hàng đang đến mà quý vị không đặt nó, lại kèm theo một đường dẫn đến “mã số” gói hàng. 

    Tóm tắt

    Internet có thể đang là một nơi đáng sợ, nhưng chỉ cần nghe theo một số lời khuyên cơ bản có thể giúp quý vị ngăn chặn tội phạm và có được kinh nghiệm sử dụng mạng. Ba lời khuyên quan trọng nhất của chúng tôi là:

    1. Hãy chú ý tạo mật mã đủ phức tạp và sử dụng lại chúng càng ít càng tốt.
    2. ĐỪNG BAO GIỜ nhấn vào bất kỳ một đường dẫn nào trong email mà quý vị không mong đợi, hoặc một số điện thoại quý vị không biết.
    3. Nếu nghi ngờ, hãy nhớ rằng BẤT KỲ yêu cầu thanh toán hóa đơn hoặc lệ phí nào bằng thẻ quà tặng đều LÀ LỪA ĐẢO.


    Nếu quý vị thấy bất kỳ trò lừa đảo nào được liệt kê ở trên, quý vị có thể gọi cho Đường dây trợ giúp theo dõi gian lận của Hiệp hội Hưu trí Hoa kỳ (American Association of Retired Persons/ AARP) theo số 877-908-3360, hoặc liên lạc với Cục Bảo vệ Tài chính người tiêu dùng.

    Tìm hiểu thêm lời khuyên để bảo vệ mật mã tại mạng lưới theo dõi gian lận của AARP (trang này hiển thị chỉ tiếng Anh, Hoa và Tây ban nha) .

    Kiểm tra thêm thông tin về trò lừa đảo liên quan đến Coronavirus tại Báo cáo người tiêu dùng (trang này hiển thị chỉ tiếng Anh và Tây ban nha).

    Quý vị muốn tìm hiểu thêm về các trò lừa đảo trên internet? Xem bảng thuật ngữ của Ủy ban Thương mại Liên bang về các trò lừa đảo phổ biến (trang này hiển thị chỉ tiếng Anh và Tây ban nha).
     

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    La COVID-19 sigue limitando nuestro acceso a los espacios públicos. Muchas de nuestras actividades cotidianas, como la escuela, el trabajo, las visitas al médico y las actividades bancarias son por Internet ahora. Esto hace que la información personal sea vulnerable a los ciberdelincuentes. Aprenda a proteger su información en Internet.

    ¡Proteja sus contraseñas!

    • Una de las maneras más fáciles de que los estafadores obtengan sus datos es robando las contraseñas de sus cuentas importantes. Hacer buenas contraseñas es una de las maneras más fáciles y útiles de mantener sus datos seguros.

    Actualícelas con frecuencia.

    • Actualice las contraseñas con frecuencia para protegerse de los estafadores y haga que sus cuentas estén menos vulnerables a las filtraciones de datos. Los expertos sugieren que actualice las contraseñas cada 3 meses.

    Use frases largas en vez de palabras cortas.

    • Intente usar citas famosas, dichos comunes o incluso letras de canciones para sus contraseñas. Las frases largas como “no hay que llorar que la vida es un carnaval” son fáciles de recordar y difíciles para que una computadora las adivine.
    • Agregue números, mayúsculas y caracteres especiales a sus contraseñas. (Por ejemplo, P4$$w0rD). Esta es una manera fácil de hacer sus contraseñas más seguras. Tenga cuidado de no hacerlas difíciles de recordar.

    Cree contraseñas únicas para cada cuenta específica.  

    • La reutilización de contraseñas entre cuentas pone en riesgo muchas cuentas. Si un estafador obtiene una contraseña, podrá abrir todas las cuentas conectadas con esa contraseña.
    • Concéntrese en hacer seguras sus cuentas más importantes. Empiece con las cuentas bancarias, de redes sociales o del seguro de salud.

    Signo de diamante amarillo que dice Alerta de Estafa

    Reconozca las estafas comunes

    Las estafas por Internet son cada vez más comunes. Los ciberdelincuentes encuentran maneras nuevas de obtener sus datos. Estas son algunas de las estafas más comunes:

    Estafas de phishing

    Una de las estafas más populares es el Phishing. Phishing es cuando los estafadores pretenden ser fuentes confiables, como un comercio, una agencia gubernamental o incluso un pariente para obtener su información personal. Envían correos electrónicos, hacen llamadas y mandan mensajes de texto falsos, intentando que “pique” alguna víctima. La estafa de phishing más común es con correos electrónicos que contienen hipervínculos (enlaces) a sitios web falsos que pueden robar contraseñas o infectar su computadora con un virus.

    Busque estas señales para detectar los correos electrónicos de phishing:

    • Faltas ortográficas y gramaticales
    • Direcciones de correo electrónico extrañas/desconocidas
    • Lenguaje atemorizante, como amenazas de demandas o pedidos de dinero
    • Las ofertas que parecen muy buenas para ser ciertas, como un gran premio en efectivo

    Estafas de tarjetas de regalo

    Una estafa popular es cuando un estafador le dice que compre una tarjeta de regalo para pagar una factura o tarifa falsa. Hay muchos tipos de estafas de estas, como por ejemplo:

    • Un problema con su cuenta del Seguro Social
    • Una empresa de electricidad amenazando con cortarle el servicio
    • Un mensaje de que ganó un gran premio en efectivo, si compra una tarjeta primero
    • Un nieto o pariente que pide dinero de repente sin advertencia

    Estafas por el coronavirus

    Desde que hay más comercios que pasan a trabajar por Internet debido al COVID-19, los estafadores han creado estafas nuevas que juegan con nuestros miedos al COVID-19, tales como:

    • Llamadas/mensajes de texto inesperados que le piden que pague por una vacuna 
    • Advertencias atemorizantes sobre casos de COVID nuevos en su área
    • Ofertas de pruebas de COVID falsas para robar la información de su seguro
    • Notas de que un paquete que no pidió está en camino, con un enlace a un "número de seguimiento"

    Resumen

    Si bien Internet puede ser un lugar atemorizante, con algunos consejos básicos usted puede detener a los ciberdelincuentes y pasar un buen momento en línea. Nuestros tres consejos más importantes son:

    1. Cree contraseñas fuertes y reutilícelas lo menos posible.
    2. NUNCA haga clic en ningún enlace de un correo electrónico que no esté esperando o de un número de teléfono que no conozca.
    3. Si tiene dudas, recuerde que CUALQUIER solicitud de pagar una factura o tarifa con una tarjeta de regalo ES UNA ESTAFA.

    Si ve alguna de estas estafas indicadas aquí, puede llamar a la Línea telefónica antifraude de AARP (AARP Fraud-Watch Helpline) 877-908-3360, o comunicarse con la Oficina de Protección Financiera para Clientes (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau).

    Encuentre más consejos para la protección de contraseñas en la red antifraude de AARP (AARP fraud watch network).

    Obtenga más información sobre estafas por el coronavirus en Informes al consumidor (Consumer Reports).

    ¿Quiere aprender más sobre las estafas por Internet? Consulte el glosario de estafas comunes de la Comisión Federal para el Comercio (Federal Trade Commission).

    “By speaking of ourselves in a positive and affirmative fashion and finding ways to eradicate self-hate, by speaking kindly about ourselves and those around us, we can foster a sense of love and compassion powerful enough to restructure our society’s entire perspective of “body love.”

    These are the words of Jessamyn Stanley, a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and author who advocates for revising our relationships with our bodies.  Her book Yoke is a collection of thoughtful, deeply honest and often autobiographical essays exploring issues of race, self-love, capitalism, and sex and sexuality.

    What would our world be like if each of us had reverence for our own bodies, and by extension, the bodies others are inhabiting? Here's a list of resources to explore that question further.

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