Welcome to the "What's What" page of the Westside Community Center. Here you will find useful information about life
events, the community, and other topics of interest in addition to the newsletters.
Free Tax Help
Bartlesville Regional United Way encourages Americans earning $62,000 or less to keep more of their hard-earned money this tax season by using free tax preparation services and accessing valuable tax credits. A new national survey finds 72 percent of working Americans making that amount or less are unaware they qualify for free tax filing and counseling.
The survey, conducted for United Way Worldwide, finds that most respondents are unfamiliar with MyFreeTaxes, a mobile-optimized software program allowing free federal and state tax preparation and filing in all 50 states and Washington, DC. The self-file service is available for anyone earning $62,000 or less. On average, filers can save $200 in tax preparation fees by using the free platform. To take advantage of the MyFreeTaxes software, simply go to www.Myfreetaxes.com anytime to use free H&R Block tax software.
‘Tis the Season to Be Cautious
Source: Various online sources such as Webroot.com
The holiday season is close upon us and soon millions of people around the world will be looking to buy the perfect gifts. Many of us will choose to shop online in search of a great deal and avoid long lines and impatient crowds. Unfortunately, this is also a criminal’s favorite time of the year to commit online or financial fraud. Here are a few tips to protect yourself while shopping online this holiday season.
Fake Online Stores
When selecting a website to purchase a product, be wary of websites advertising prices dramatically cheaper than anywhere else or offering products sold out nationwide. The reason their products are so cheap or available is because what you will receive is not legitimate, is a counterfeit or stolen item or, in some cases, you never even receive anything. Protect yourself by doing the following:
Verify the website has a legitimate mailing address and a phone number for sales or support-related questions. If the site looks suspicious, call and speak to a human.
Look for obvious warning signs like poor grammar and spelling.
Be very suspicious if a website appears to be an exact replica of a well-known website you have used in the past, but the website domain name or the name of the store is slightly different. For example, you may be used to going to the website https://www.amazon.com for all of your Amazon shopping. But be very suspicious if you were to find yourself at a website pretending to be Amazon with the URL http://www. store-amazon.com.
Remember, just because the site looks professional does not mean it’s legitimate. If something about the site sets off warning bells, take time to investigate. If you aren’t comfortable with the website, don’t use it.
Your Computer/Mobile Device
In addition to shopping at legitimate websites, you want to ensure your computer or mobile device is secure. Cyber criminals will try to infect your devices so they can harvest your bank accounts, credit card information and passwords. Take the following steps to keep your devices secured:
If you have children in your house, consider having two devices: one for your kids and one for the adults. Kids are curious and interactive with technology. As a result, they are more likely to infect their own device. If separate devices are not an option, then have separate accounts on the shared computer and ensure your kids do not have administrative privileges.
Only connect to wireless networks you manage, such as your home network, or networks you know you can trust when making financial transactions. Using public Wi-Fi networks, such as at your local coffee shop, may be great for reading the news, but not for accessing your bank account.
Always install the latest updates and run up-to-date anti-virus software. This makes it much harder for a cyber criminal to infect your device.
October is Bullying Prevention Month
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and
excluding someone from a group on purpose. Visit: http://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/index.html to learn more about the warning signs of bullying and ways you can help
New Bus Route Adjustments on 8/17/2015
On Monday, 8/17/2015, some bus routes will be revised to make them run more smoothly. Please use the Edulog
Webquery link or the link below to check on the location and time of the bus stops in your area.
Back to School
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
EATING DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
DEVELOPING GOOD HOMEWORK AND STUDY HABITS