On Friday, November 18th the MutualOne Bank Activities Committee partnered with the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation to help sell 50/50 raffle tickets at TD Garden. Our volunteers rooted on the Celtics while raising funds to help support children in need throughout the Greater Boston Area.
We were happy to sponsor the Fall For Natick community gathering to benefit the Natick Service Council. It was great to see such support from the community. The food was delicious and the live auction was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who attended this event, and to the Natick Service Council for all their great work.
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a $10,000 grant from the Foundation to support Salvation Army assistance programs in the Greater Framingham area.
The award will enable the organization to enhance and increase services that currently provide local low- and moderate-income individuals and families in need with diapers, backpacks and school supplies, state ID assistance, and public transportation help.
“The Foundation realizes the value and importance of the services provided by the Salvation Army in response to the immediate needs of many in our community,” said Lamprey. “We are pleased to help those trying to improve their lives and become more self-sufficient.”
Reprinted from United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team Website
What unique risks are associated with children?
When a child is using your computer, normal safeguards and security practices may not be sufficient. Children present additional challenges because of their natural characteristics: innocence, curiosity, desire for independence, and fear of punishment. You need to consider these characteristics when determining how to protect your data and the child.
You may think that because the child is only playing a game, or researching a term paper, or typing a homework assignment, he or she can’t cause any harm. But what if, when saving her paper, the child deletes a necessary program file? Or what if she unintentionally visits a malicious web page that infects your computer with a virus? These are just two possible scenarios. Mistakes happen, but the child may not realize what she’s done or may not tell you what happened because she’s afraid of getting punished.
Online predators present another significant threat, particularly to children. Because the nature of the Internet is so anonymous, it is easy for people to misrepresent themselves and manipulate or trick other users (see Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for some examples). Adults often fall victim to these ploys, and children, who are usually much more open and trusting, are even easier targets. Another growing problem is cyberbullying. These threats are even greater if a child has access to email or instant messaging programs, visits chat rooms, and/or uses social networking sites.
What can you do?
• Be involved – Consider activities you can work on together, whether it be playing a game, researching a topic you had been talking about (e.g., family vacation spots, a particular hobby, a historical figure), or putting together a family newsletter. This will allow you to supervise your child’s online activities while teaching her good computer habits.
• Keep your computer in an open area – If your computer is in a high-traffic area, you will be able to easily monitor the computer activity. Not only does this accessibility deter a child from doing something she knows she’s not allowed to do, it also gives you the opportunity to intervene if you notice a behavior that could have negative consequences.
• Set rules and warn about dangers – Make sure your child knows the boundaries of what she is allowed to do on the computer. These boundaries should be appropriate for the child’s age, knowledge, and maturity, but they may include rules about how long she is allowed to be on the computer, what sites she is allowed to visit, what software programs she can use, and what tasks or activities she is allowed to do. You should also talk to children about the dangers of the Internet so that they recognize suspicious behavior or activity. Discuss the risks of sharing certain types of information (e.g., that they’re home alone) and the benefits to only communicating and sharing information with people they know (see Using Instant Messaging and Chat Rooms Safely, Staying Safe on Social Network Sites, and the document Socializing Securely: Using Social Networking Services for more information). The goal isn’t to scare them, it’s to make them more aware. Make sure to include the topic of cyberbullying in these discussions (see Dealing with Cyberbullies for more information).
• Monitor computer activity – Be aware of what your child is doing on the computer, including which websites she is visiting. If she is using email, instant messaging, or chat rooms, try to get a sense of who she is corresponding with and whether she actually knows them.
• Keep lines of communication open – Let your child know that she can approach you with any questions or concerns about behaviors or problems she may have encountered on the computer.
• Consider partitioning your computer into separate accounts – Most operating systems give you the option of creating a different user account for each user. If you’re worried that your child may accidentally access, modify, and/or delete your files, you can give her a separate account and decrease the amount of access and number of privileges they have. If you don’t have separate accounts, you need to be especially careful about your security settings. In addition to limiting functionality within your browser (see Evaluating Your Web Browser’s Security Settings for more information), avoid letting your browser remember passwords and other personal information (see Browsing Safely: Understanding Active Content and Cookies). Also, it is always important to keep your virus definitions up to date (see Understanding Anti-Virus Software).
• Consider implementing parental controls – You may be able to set some parental controls within your browser. For example, Internet Explorer allows you to restrict or allow certain websites to be viewed on your computer, and you can protect these settings with a password. To find those options, click Tools on your menu bar, select Internet Options, choose the Content tab, and click the Enable… button under Content Advisor.There are other resources you can use to control and/or monitor your child’s online activity. Some ISPs offer services designed to protect children online. Contact your ISP to see if any of these services are available. There are also special software programs you can install on your computer. Different programs offer different features and capabilities, so you can find one that best suits your needs.
For more information about how to keep your child safe online visit us-cert.gov.
Our team had fun spending time with the community at Natick Days on Saturday September 10th. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth.
Congratulations to Donna Gogliormella, Personal Banker in our Concord Street office, and Wilhelmina “Mina” Murray, IT Specialist, on their selection as this month’s Employees of the Month.
Donna was selected for her role as a team player in helping new trainees, while delivering top notch customer service. Mina was recognized for her extensive contributions to the recent rewiring of the Bank’s Lincoln Street office.
Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, has announced the promotion of Jean M. Hoskins to the position of branch manager of the Bank’s One Lincoln Street office in Framingham.
Hoskins joined MutualOne Bank in January of this year as a senior personal banker. Her previous experience includes positions as store supervisor and customer service representative with TD Bank. Earlier in her career, she was an associate retail marketing manager and co-op manager with The Rockport Company.
She is a graduate of South Panola High School in Batesville, MS, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Jackson (MS) State University.
A Framingham resident, Hoskins is a volunteer with the Pearl Street Cafe and a deacon at the Greater Framingham Community Church (GFCC). She also works with GFCC youth and is involved with mission and outreach work supporting various initiatives in both the MetroWest and international communities.
“Jean’s banking and management background and her dedication to others through her volunteer service work make her a perfect choice as a MutualOne branch manager,” said Haranas. “She shares our commitment to the individual and to the community.”
Chairman Robert P. Lamprey of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation announced today that a recent $1,500 Foundation donation will cover the purchase of five cases of brand name headphones for use by fifth grade students at the Mary E. Stapleton School in Framingham. The goal, Lamprey said, is to reduce noise distraction in classrooms where students are engaged in individual digital learning activities on devices such as Chromebooks and iPads.
According to special education teacher Debbie Price who sought the Foundation grant, there were more classroom electronic devices available to students than there were headphones, resulting in noise distractions that could compromise the learning experience.
Thank you to our neighbors for selecting MutualOne Bank as one of their favorite businesses in WickedLocal’s annual reader poll. We are pleased to have been selected as the #1 Community Bank in Framingham, as well as to receive the Silver award for regional favorite, and honorable mention in Natick.
Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, has announced the promotion of Brian E. Ledwith of Franklin to Executive Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender. In this position, he oversees the Bank’s commercial loan department.
Ledwith joined the Bank in 2007 as vice president and member of the commercial lending team. In 2013, he was promoted to senior vice president with responsibilities that included overseeing the commercial loan support staff.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and graduated with honors from the America’s Community Bankers’ National School of Banking.
Ledwith has been active in coaching local youth athletics, including soccer and hockey. He is a past board member of the Franklin Educational Foundation, and past chairman of program development for the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce.