Teens’ Online Behavior Can Get Them in Trouble

Do you really know what your kids are doing all the time? Probably not, unless you’re a stalker (just kidding). But really, there has to be some element of trust and you can’t physically be everywhere your kids are. And that also applies to the online world. As parents, we need to be aware of what our kids are doing, teach the “rules of the road,” and help them stay safe, but we can’t always be there with them every moment of every day....more

Life with Blinders

I'm talking to parents of young kids and my message is this:WAKE UP people and educate yourselves in all things technology related. Or at least as much as you possibly can. And then some. Else your kids are going to get away with EVERYTHING.Don't have the time? Aren't really worried about it?Go ahead and keep those blinders on. Go ahead and tell yourself that your kid would NEVER do anything like that. Really? Not even in an attempt to defend a friend? Didn't think of that, did you?...more
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Mobile Phone Safety and Your Teen

 Two of my girls have mobile phones and with that comes another whole set of problems and exposes them to a multitude of varying risk factors....more

Cheating and Bullying: It’s a Bigger Problem than You Think!

The whole purpose of your “youth” is to grow and learn. It’s time to take in lots of information, so ultimately they can evolve, accomplish, and get ahead. However the pressure to grow and climb the ladder of life often leads to unwanted behaviors and actions that lead to significant negative consequences. And with everyone being online these days, it only adds to these consequences....more

Before You Share, Ask Yourself “Is This TMI?”

Social networks and new online services make it easy to share the details of our lives, perhaps too easily. With just a few clicks, posts and messages, you can give away enough personal information to compromise your privacy and even open yourself up to identity theft....more

From Mean Girls to Mean Mommies - Bullying is not "Fetch"

Bullying and Cyberbullying are words that strike fear in the hearts of parents--bullying most parents are familiar with but cyberbullying may be harder to get a handle on in an age of ever expanding technological innovations.  Bullying, yeah, there's an app for that....more

Racism, Our Progress and Our Problems

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”                         -Martin Luther King Jr. This is a week to reflect on how much progress we’ve made since the days of segregation and how much farther we have to go to fight racism....more
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Technology Fuels Cyberbullying and Cheating in Teens

McAfee’s study “The Digital Divide: How the Online Behavior of Teens is Getting Past Parents” shows an alarming 70% of teens have hidden their online behavior from their parents, up from 45% in 2010. And yet half of parents live under the assumption that their teen tells them everything he/she does online....more

Friday Night Lights and Women in Tech

Are you a fan of "Friday Night Lights?" Great show, in my opinion. Remember the episode called "Blinders?" That was the episode in which Coach Mac McGill, played by Blue Deckert, made some racist remarks to a reporter. His apology was lame and all the African American players marched off the field and refused to play. Photo by Peter A. Silva/ZUMA Press. (©) Copyright 2007 by Peter A. Silva ...more

Have you been bullied on the internet?

They say there is nothing new under the sun, and bad behavior on the internet is no exception. A lot of fancy new words have been invented to describe social interactions online, such as trolling, flamewars, and griefing. But we have a perfectly good older word that applies as well: bullying. Most people associate bullying with childhood, and the school yard, but bullying can occur wherever humans interact, of any age or social status....more