Coming up on Connections: Thursday, September 23

Sep 23, 2021

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First hour: How to recognize and avoid online scams

Second hour: Current and former child-care workers on the state of the industry

Facebook Marketplace has become one of the most popular places to buy and sell just about any item or service. But, as ProPublica reports, it has become almost too large to regulate. As a result, a growing number of scams are putting a dark tinge on what had been a relatively simple system. We discuss selling online -- whether it's through Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or otherwise -- and how to recognize and avoid scams. Our guests:

  • Craig Silverman, reporter at ProPublica
  • Jonathan Weissman, senior lecturer in the Department of Computing Security at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • John Nicholas, professor of computer information systems in the College of Engineering and Polymer Science at the University of Akron
  • Amy Edwards, avid online seller

Then in our second hour, we continue a conversation from Wednesday about the staffing crisis in the child-care industry. According to the Washington Post, child-care providers are down more than 126,000 positions as workers leave for higher-paying jobs and better benefits. This hour, we talk with current and former child-care workers who share their insights about the industry. Our guests:

  • Bev Bauman, teacher in a child-care center
  • Julie Williams, former child-care worker
  • Jenn Beideman, expectant mother who is seeking child care, and president of the Chld Care Council's board of directors