Banana Moments

Banana Moments Banana Moments newsletter and website offers information, insights and encouragement to strengthen the parent-child relationship a cyber-powered world. When kids believe they can Google everything they need to know, they are conditioned differently for authority. This service helps parents lead children with confidence in an environment where authority is more relational and less ascribed.

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Respond to your child’s school transition struggles by agreeing with God’s promises, not your fears

Aug 10, 2015
Respond to your child’s school transition struggles by agreeing with God’s promises, not your fears

The transition struggles youth experience graduating into middle school, high school and college in the hyper-connected world amplify any confusion or self doubt a person might have. The most important thing a parent can do for a child going through the struggles of life's transitions is to express the spiritual wisdom of their chosen...

Help your child know the difference between stranger-danger and on-line friendships

Aug 10, 2015
Help your child know the difference between stranger-danger and on-line friendships

Last month, for example, the Sacramento FBI office reached out for public assistance to identify victims of a sextortion pedophile who had terrorized over 350 girls ranging in age from 12 to 14 years. This is every parent’s nightmare for their tech-savvy child; that a sexual predator would seduce and then deface your child’s...

Teach your child to make smart internet browser choices

Aug 3, 2015
Teach your child to make smart internet browser choices

In this Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner article, I offer some considerations to share with your children about choosing a browser that is going to be more supportive in helping you streamline your on-line experiences with minimal advertising intrusion as possible. The commercial internet giants like Google and Microsoft have commercial incentives. Read more...

Talking points about sexual exploitation in the social network

Aug 3, 2015
Talking points about sexual exploitation in the social network

My two cents

sex-love-male-femaleA recent Washington Post article featured a disturbing trend that young girls, tweens and teens, are experiencing and witnessing sexual exploitation, harassment and sexual assault in the internet celebrity culture. Social media celebrities on Vine and YouTube, for example, are amassing large followings – some of them over...

Signs that you are a mentally-fit cyber parent

Aug 3, 2015
Signs that you are a mentally-fit cyber parent

While you can establish age-appropriate boundaries it is not possible to have control over your child and the technology, and fearful thoughts can consume a parent (i.e., worrying or micro managing) and can make you un-relatable or hostile which kills open communication essential to cyber safety because kids can easily hide risky experiences from...

How to synch up with your child’s on-line experiences

Jul 27, 2015
How to synch up with your child’s on-line experiences

Modern youth are relying upon multiple channels of cyber communication to stay connected socially. Their preferred apps range from Instagram and Facebook to instant messaging/texting media sites like Twitter, Kik and SnapChat – none of which require an account with an ISP to sign up for services. It is possible to establish accounts...

The gift of your faith promotes spiritual resilience for your child

Jul 23, 2015
The gift of your faith promotes spiritual resilience for your child

Massetti's main message is simple: “When you baptized your child, you agreed to the responsibility of protecting and nurturing the divine light in your child, who is new life and a gift from God.” Massetti then explained that the way to do this is to keep the light alive in yourself first.

De-escalating anxiety about transitions to middle school, high school & college

Jul 23, 2015
De-escalating anxiety about transitions to middle school, high school & college

My two cents

How to love_Fresh StartOne of the most difficult things for the modern parent to accept is that our minor children are actually responsible for their own thoughts and actions, and the sooner we help them realize this the better.  Learning how to be self-governing, requires holding youth...

The politics of parenting: A personal matter on public display

Jul 22, 2015
The politics of parenting: A personal matter on public display

It is the politics of parenthood. When a child does something wonderful, good or amazing, we exalt the parents and proclaim there must have been excellent parenting skill involved. Or if a child does something in appropriate, depraved or horrific, we immediately jump to the conclusion that the parents did a poor job...

Network cultural competency tips for the cyber parent

Jul 20, 2015
Network cultural competency tips for the cyber parent

Culture is the software of the heart and mind; it is the composite of beliefs, values, and customs that create a unified sense of identity for a group. In the cyber social realm, our children are navigating many cultures in their peer communities and other media streams including pop culture. This is how...

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