The problem with a media free household

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5 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know

TheOnlineMomAlthough it seems that there are weekly headlines about how some Facebook indiscretion ruined a college graduate’s job prospects, or how an underage user’s privacy rights were violated, the fact is Facebook has made tremendous strides in updating its account settings and privacy controls to allow users to safeguard their information....more

Parenting in the Digital Age


Do schools have the right to spy on kids?

TheOnlineMomIn a chilling reminder of what's possible in this all-seeing, privacy-invading digital world, a Pennsylvania couple has filed a lawsuit against a school district, accusing them of spying on children by remotely activating webcams on school-issued laptops.They say their son was told off by teachers for "engaging in improper behavior in his home" and that the evidence was an image from his webcam....more

Cell Phones in Schools. Are They Inevitable?

Cell Phones in Schools - Are They Inevitable?...more

Authorities get tough on sexting

The hand-wringing and confusion generated by the phenomenon of “sexting” – the practice of teens sending explicit photos of themselves via cell phones – was on display again last week when it was reported that a 14-year old New Jersey girl was accused of child pornography after posting nude pictures of herself on MySpace. ...more

No dogs, no guns…no Internet

A few years ago, when my daughter was in her first month in Kindergarten, I got a call from another mom asking about a play date. Not knowing the family very well, I hesitated. Sensing some doubt, she proceeded to announce: “Oh don’t worry, there are no dogs and no guns in my house!” Not at all what I was thinking but I felt relief nonetheless. ...more

Don’t Play Catch Up

Not a day goes by when I don’t get a call from a friend, relative or neighbor with a question about kids and technology. Tech can truly be a 10-headed monster for some parents, who have either experienced an unpleasant episode with one of their kids or have heard of someone else who did. ...more

This post should be required reading for every parent. You've approached a very touchy subject ...more

OMG, yr kds r going 2 b OK!

I think many parents are only just starting to realize how often teens and even younger kids use text messaging to communicate. ...more