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I don't know. I may get brave and try it. However, my life is pretty boring.
No photo of your Havanese would be boring! And there are so many different looks of your Havanese to try to capture "on film." Here's a look I like, the puddle. A puddle of Shama's long hair! This photo was taken when she was two.
 

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Thanks. I plan to post lots of pictures. I will be getting my puppy at the end of September. Right now I am trying to make sure my work in order. Working remotely has some perks but it can be overwhelming. I am trying to prep now before my puppy comes home so I'll have time to spend with my new puppy and still have time for my current dog. Right now I don't feel like I have time for myself. I had to learn a lot of new technology since working remotely so I guess I can handle Instagram too. I work at a university so I am thankful I can do my job virtually but it's still a lot of work to prepare. COVID-19 has really changed our lives.
 

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Vartina, have you started posting on IG yet? I haven't visited the forum for a while, so I'm really behind. I hope you have your new baby and are sharing pictures and stories. I'll check soon.

I popped on the Forum tonight to just say that while I was correcting tonight, DH and I watched an interesting show on Netflix called the Social Dilemma. It was encouraging people to consider deleting their social media accounts. One thing I learned is that a Google search is not a Google search is not a Google search. The example they used was typing in the words, "Global warming is ..." Depending on where in the world you live and what your social media and Google habits are, different words will autopopulate the field. It makes sense that "they" are doing that, but I hadn't ever really thought about it before. They also said that many software designers who created social media do NOT allow their children to use social media AT ALL.

I thought this thread seemed like as good a place as any to promote the viewing of that film. We have now posted 21 times on our IG account. We have 474 followers, and we're following 604 accounts, mostly "owned" by Havanese. I cannot believe how many Havanese have IG accounts! I do love to look at the photos of Havanese in exotic locales like northern Europe and Hawaii. I posted a photo of Shama which had been photoshopped into a photo next to a bison, because the bison at a nearby state park was my version of exotic scenery.

You can watch the trailer for the movie here.
 

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I have believed for a long time that the best way to manage phones, the internet, and social media, is to introduce preteens to these platforms with oversight and supervision. I believe they need some kind of supervised introduction before they are driving, away from the house, and more independent. This is because I worked with teenage girls, with one of the first generations to come of age with cell phones. I could see one of the biggest things lacking online was the kind of social teaching we naturally do with our kids in person.

My feelings on this are starting to become really conflicted. I believe we have done the right thing, by introducing each of our kids to small bits of social media as it is appropriate to them individually, and gradually. One of my kids has Instagram but the other doesn’t, one has open chat in video games when we’re home, and the other has limited chat, based on what they’re ready for. But, it is SO HARD. I mean, it is a lot of work as a parent. There is so much great content and tools and resources out there, but so much erroneous thinking. People making memes about complex issues that villainize anyone who doesn’t agree, so much polarized thinking, and everything is confrontational. The other huge issue i see is that everything is self centered. I know every generation says this about the last, because teenagers are notoriously self centered and some of that is normal, but some of what I see is just unbelievable. I think right now is a particularly chaotic time to be in the midst of this.

It’s really interesting how DD’s feed and my feed are so different. It’s pretty funny that when her cookies reflect what she’s viewing, it’s mostly news and an eclectic range of YouTube videos. Hers is full of memes, a lot of political memes, but it has at least given us the chance to help her figure out how to identify reliable news sources. A 16 year old beauty blogger is not a news source, lol. Somehow, DD’s 8th grade accelerated science class and DS’s 9th grade science class ended up at the same time a couple of weeks ago. They actually had a joint class one day, about identifying reliable research. Even in the accelerated class, DD was the only one to notice that a “study” about violent crime was sponsored by a special interest group. The most shocking thing, is that DS has always been especially vulnerable (he believes in every conspiracy theory he has ever heard), but DD said he was one of the only kids in both classes to identify misleading information, and he said something about how just because it’s in a graph doesn’t mean it’s actually a study, which was a huge relief. It was pretty funny that DS is only taking 3 classes in person, and in a huge school, but they ended up in the same class that day!

Sorry to rant, but Shama’s Mama, this has been on my mind so much lately! All of these issues are complex, and interrelated, and there is so much to consider. From a security perspective, the 3rd time DS accidentally installed malware, DH had him help fix it, and it took like 6 hours. And that was years ago, I feel like cookies have become even more blatantly invasive and it’s harder to accidentally download malware from an online game. I really respect the sites that are ahead of the game, and allow you to choose the types of cookies to accept.

I will definitely watch it, I’m looking forward to it. Or maybe not, maybe it’ll scare me to death and I’ll wish I didn’t know, but I’ll watch it all the same ;) It’s always good to have more information as we decide what types of accounts to use. For me, the benefit has to outweigh the risk, and lately a lot of it is pretty bleak. I do enjoy the pretty Instagram feeds lately, without any news or controversy.
 

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Just realized I hadn't updated you on IG lately. I've only posted 22 times, but I am enjoying "following" so many Havanese (nearly 700 Havanese IG accounts worldwide, and there are more Havanese IG accounts yet to discover!)

Hope you are all well!
 

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I watched half of the documentary a couple of weeks ago but haven’t finished it yet. Gives me a lot to think about! I told DH, I wish I knew it was going to end on a hopeful note about how we can change things but it doesn’t seem headed in that direction. Still important and good though. It’s also interesting to hear other people articulate some of the things I’ve heard DH touch on about ethics in business and IT over the years.

Instagram will stay on my list for now, but it reminds me to make sure when I sit down for 5 minutes to relax and enjoy Havanese and other things, to follow through on that 5 minute limit.
 

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Okay, I just found tomorrow’s rabbit hole😋 I’m with you Shamamama and EvaE1izabeth, I’m tired of FB and it has never interested Ed. People are still shocked that we aren’t on every social media platform and don’t own every possible wireless option because Ed is a wireless specialist. That’s exactly why, we (especially me) have always known how vulnerable we would be. No FB, no Alexa, no Ring etc. We watch the dogs with phones and tablets. Scammers hate me! I’m definitely willing to try IG since I can look at more Havanese. I love music also but TicTok is too closely tied to China for me.
I agree KristaS, Shama is gorgeous-always!
 

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I don’t even UNDERSTAND Tiktok...

And while I DO use FB, we have no Alexa, Ring or other “listening” devices here. CREEPY!!!
 
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We bought Echos for our kids, mostly so we could “drop in” and use them as intercoms. They are constantly unplugged because there aren’t enough accessible outlets in their bedrooms. DD uses an old portable speaker that charges instead. I’m not really into smart home, but if I could do anything again, I would have twice the outlets and a wired system for speakers, intercom, etc. DH loves smart home but the few things I’m interested in he doesn’t care about at all. He doesn’t see the point of smart lighting, which I do like. I don’t even bother with social media other than to keep an eye on what my kids are doing. I like Instagram because it’s simple to enjoy for a few minutes here and there, but something else will inevitably replace it and that’s okay with me.
 

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Creepy is right! I figured out several years ago that FB was listening to everything we said. Once it was tangible, and I tested it, Ed was on board. I still look at it 2-3 x weekly to keep up with our nieces, nephews and their kids. When I’m finished I delete the application and reinstall it when I want to check on people. When the boys lived here we used our old landline to page them upstairs. It was much less stressful than yelling at them. There are seemingly endless advantages of technology in the medical field, family communication, search and rescue etc. Additionally, it’s been important for centuries to seek and censor nefarious implementations of new inventions and technologies.
 

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JaJa, you will be AMAZED at the number of Havanese IGers! And have you watched Mr. Browz yet? I just love that video!

DH is on FB but won't access it on his phone. He deletes (uninstalls?) his AOL (we still prefer AOL to gmail) from his phone immediately after checking it the rare times he uses his phone for email. I don't use my phone for email at all. (I don't understand my colleagues who do school business on their personal phones.) I don't like to visit this forum on the phone. My phone is good for IG and for calling and texting and occasionally looking things up. A friend recently suggested we get unlimited data in order to not need to turn on data when we want to look things up when we're out and about. I think we found it would cost $30 more A MONTH for unlimited data. No thanks! I've often said, "If it costs money and we don't need it, we don't get it." (That does not apply to anything Shama related. She's our darling baby, and we get whatever we feel like for her!)
 

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Just wanted to let you know I continue to enjoy Instagram when I need a break from reality. A friend asked me my opinion on arguing politics on Facebook, and I told her I wasn't on FB so didn't really pay attention to that scene (except when DH shows me something). I told her that today I'd made a little picture of Shama going to Spain in a hot air balloon for the second birthday party of one of her IG friends. If you go to #semmiesbirthday, you can see all sorts of little dogs "traveling" to the party in all sorts of vehicles. (For example, two dogs are flying in rocket ships from Australia.) It's ADORABLE.
 
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