How Parents Normalized Teen Password Sharing

In 2005, I started asking teenagers about their password habits. My original set of questions focused on teens' attitudes about giving their password to their parents, but I quickly became enamored with teens' stories of sharing passwords with friends and significant others. So I was ecstatic when Pew Internet & American Life Project decided to survey teens about their password sharing habits. Pew found that one third of online 12-17 year olds share their password with a friend or significant other and that almost half of those 14-17 do. I love when data gets reinforced....more
@dj4am Thanks vr link ! Goeie invalshoek: veel kids die aan ouders hun paswoord (moeten) ...more

Be Smart, Secure and Safe. A Guide to Managing Your Online Privacy.

I am doing an online privacy series called "Be Smart, Secure and Safe. A Guide to Managing Your Online Privacy."...more

Hiding in Plain Sight: Writing a Blog Anonymously

In case you haven't figured it out, Her Royal Fabulousness is not the name on my birth certificate. Confession: I am still living in the blogging closet. Although I desperately want to come out of the shadows, I am still grappling with the idea of blogging publicly, under my real name. As a member of the blogging community (specifically infertility blogging), I see my fellow bloggers split into three camps. There are those who are completely open about their identities, those who blog with real first names but no other identifiable information, and those who use assumed identities, like mine. We all have reasons for choosing our preferred level of privacy, but my decision has left me unsettled. ...more
@The Bearded Iris i started a blog 'asafeplacetoblog' haha! never used it though. i'm ok with ...more

#tickgate In Conclusion

Over the last few days, myself and Mammasaurus have locked ourselves into a dark, windowless room to research #tickgate. Ok, not really, but we have  had a little poke around and we have come across a few interesting things.Firstly, we are both agreed that one of the most important thing to come from this is our desire for it not to happen to anyone else. But it has also thrown up other important issues that we feel need covering. You can read Mamasaurus post here....more

Why Parents Help Children Violate Facebook's 13+ Rule

"At what age should I let my child join Facebook?" This is a question that countless parents have asked my collaborators and me. Often, it's followed by the following: "I know that 13 is the minimum age to join Facebook, but is it really so bad that my 12-year-old is on the site?"...more
I was very nervous about my kids using facebook at first...then I discovered they and their ...more

"Mommy, a Man Videotaped Me!"

It was one of those mellow early-fall afternoons that demand to be embraced and savored. "Mommy! Mommy!" Breaking into my reverie, my daughter came running, almost tripping over the grass in her excitement. "A man just took a videotape of Tori and me!" She grinned and clasped her hands together. "He says we're going to be on TV!"...more
I saw someone photograph my daughter at the occupy Seattle event...I took it as a compliment and ...more

Weighing in: Google's naming policy

I was listening to CBC Spark Episode 155 in which they were discussing Google Plus' anti-pseudonym policy. Personally, I think that we get what we pay for with free social networks and it's all caveat emptor. But I do find this particular policy interesting because of the other potential implications....more

Facebook In Real Life Would Be Super Creepy (video)

Back in 2009, I posted a College Humor Video: Twitter in Real Life. If you think about Twitter statuses and what they reveal, the idea of someone making all of those comments out loud would be awkward at worst, hilarious at best....more
Hey there! What a great way to make one think. Wow! Love the blue books with "Face" on them. ...more

Guarding Your Internet Security and Privacy

There are always new threats and viruses and malware facing those of us who are spread around the Internet on multiple sites. It is time for a review of the basics as well as a look at some of the new threats. Don't make it easy for the bad guys to get in. Image Credit: Aunt Owwee Important Basics ...more


All the attention and dismay over Internet Privacy got me to thinking.  I am at a loss for how this is news or why it is a “problem”.  From everything I have read, this is an educational issue more than anything else.  The fear mongering by the Media is really unnecessary....more