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6 Ways Parents Can Deal With The Anxiety Of Remote Learning … Again

When schools around the country abruptly stopped in-person learning last fall, many parents had one endpoint in mind: September. We’d slog through the Zoom classes and meltdowns and clinginess, push through the summer, and by the time fall rolled around, we’d be able to send our children back to school and reclaim some level of normality.

But recently a growing number of major school districts, from Los Angeles to Houston, have announced plans to start the new academic year online. New York City has said children will be in the classroom, at most, three days a week. 

For some parents, the extension of online learning into the fall, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, is a relief.

For others, it is devastating — and for many, it is a bit of both. 

“It is an impossible situation,” said Annie Snyder, a senior learning scientist at McGraw-Hill. “There is no good

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12 legit ways people are getting free money from the government

Well yeah, there are scammers who try to steal your personal information and your money with promises of free pots of gold from the government. But there also are many legitimate ways the government can provide you with some cash with no strings attached.

You might get some money if you’re buying your first home, scraping by after a layoff, preparing to go to college, needing some help with your monthly bills — or if you’re just absent-minded and left behind a savings accountsomewhere.

Take a look at these 12 completely legit ways you can get free money from the government.

Do you love getting a tax refund? If that’s a yes, then many people aren’t as enthusiastic about getting money back from the IRS as you are, because $1 billion or more in tax refunds go unclaimed every year.

Americans have three years to file a tax return and … Read More

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5 easy ways to protect yourself from hackers

  • In a time where companies, celebrities, and even governments are coming under cyber-attacks, getting hacked might seem inevitable.

  • But according to former NSA hacker David Kennedy, there are steps you can take to prevent it from happening to you.

  • Kennedy shares his five must-do tips for protecting yourself from hackers.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Following is a transcript of the video.

David Kennedy: “Mr. Robot” is probably one of the most accurate portrayals of what hackers can actively do. If you’re interested in hacking and don’t understand a lot of this, the TV show itself actually employs hackers to work on the show to depict real-life hacks that could happen in real life and it’s a very very accurate portrayal of everything that we see in today. From being able to hack Smartphones to getting access to a big corporation and being able to bring them to

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4 effective ways to make your virtual workplace more inclusive

Let’s be honest: pre-pandemic, working from home was a dream. After COVID-19 forced almost everyone to work remotely, we’ve discovered the new virtual workplace encompasses more than Zoom calls, virtual coffees, and cat memes in Slack.

Tech companies did not exactly embrace working from home before the worldwide lockdown, despite studies showing working from home increases employee productivity. Skilled remote workers are also happier employees that are 9% more engaged and 50% less likely to quit their job.

The crisis disproved the perception that working from home was counterproductive. By mid-May, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey emailed his employees that the entire workforce was allowed to permanently work from home – Slack followed suit in June. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft recommended their employees work remotely until October or for the remainder of the year.

Work-life balance, mental health, and diversity and inclusion were already important subjects

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100 ways you can take action against racism right now

As protests continue over George Floyd’s death and the continued mistreatment of Black Americans at the hands of police, many are looking for ways to demand justice while staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died in police custody May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck.

The horrifying bystander video of Floyd’s death spread quickly on social media, showing the officer driving his knee into Floyd’s neck as the handcuffed man repeatedly says he can’t breathe.

Four officers involved in the incident were fired, and on May 29, former officer Derek Chauvin was arrested, days after the video surfaced.

If you’re looking to get involved outside of organizing in person, we’ve rounded up a list of ways you can take action from home, including ideas specific to demanding justice for Floyd and addressing racism in general:

Contact state and

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6 ways to motivate and inspire your employees that don’t involve a pay rise

Modern companies offer a lot of perks for employees: healthy breakfasts and fruits, medical insurance, massage right in the office, a gym with personal fitness coaches, and much more. Due to recent quarantine guidelines, most companies had to stop all office activities and move some of them online, such as training and fitness classes.

Even if you have a budget for perks, tangible and intangible methods of motivation should work together. People need to know that their work matters. Perks are great for attracting people, but they have a lesser effect on retaining them.

It’s critical to understand one fundamental thing though: benefits will not replace salary. A person works for money, having all the rest is good but secondary.

However, if pay cuts are needed due to the crisis, there are ways to retain and motivate your employees, as well as preserve high efficiency. Based on my experience of

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6 Ways Home Buying Has Changed, Thanks to the Pandemic

Home is where the heart is shelter-at-home order is. As a result, it’s sparked a significant re-evaluation of how we look at our space—what we need from it, what we dream for it and what makes it comfortable (or not) day after quarantined day. For some, the pandemic has led to significant re-organization efforts. For others, it’s been the catalyst to finally (or spontaneously) purchase a new house. But what’s that process really like during COVID-19? And how has this changed the market for the foreseeable future? We talked to a couple of home buyers, a realtor and a mortgage expert to find out.

1. ‘Fixer Uppers’ Are Out, ‘Turn-Key’ Is In

According to New York real estate broker Jocelyn Cloder, “very few people want a ‘fixer-upper’ right now. They want to pack up their suitcases, buy some furniture or bring what they already have and move right in.” She’s

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100 Ways To Make Money Without a 9-to-5

Due to the recent coronavirus pandemic, many people have lost work hours or been laid off. As people struggle to figure out how to supplement their income, picking up a side job to make a few extra bucks might be helpful. While not all of these gigs may be possible due to certain social distancing guidelines, these 100 ways to increase your income might help now — or for ones that require more social interaction, you can do them later to help boost your income.

Taking online surveys is one of the easiest ways to earn extra money. And plenty of companies are looking for consumer feedback to improve their products or develop new ones.

Brands hire survey sites to conduct online questionnaires on their behalf, gaining access to precious customer feedback. The sites, in turn, pay you for participating in their surveys. If you really want to rake in … Read More

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Four Ways Small Businesses Can Cuts Costs

While running a business is often a juggling act of different roles and tasks, the one constant is the job of managing the capital used to fund it all. Regardless of what larger social or economic issues might be at play at any given time, effectively managing your business’s expenses and investments is the best way to ensure that it can continue to grow and evolve in the future.

While there are a number of items that business owners monitor in order to more effectively allocate their capital, what follows are four areas that any business can target to cut unnecessary or wasteful spending.

Manage Resources Strategically

At its core, owning and operating a small business is about managing resources. From the talent on staff to the equipment and materials used in production, business owners are trained to make sure all of their resources are allocated optimally.

Of course, after

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9 Free (Or Cheap) Ways To Do Your Taxes Online

The IRS has pushed Tax Day 2020 to July 15th in light of the coronavirus outbreak. This delay now applies to both filing federal returns and federal tax payments, and many states are following suit and extending their tax deadline too.

July 15th might seem like a long time away, but experts are still recommending that you file as soon as possible. Hopefully you’ve already gathered your documents and have decided whether it’s a good idea for you to do your own taxes. Now, you might also might want to start figuring out where you’re going to file this year.

How you choose to file will depend on your particular tax situation. For instance, if you are a full-time employee and only have one W-2 to deal with, the process will likely be more straightforward and you can probably save a lot of money by filing yourself online.

If you

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