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Preparing your child for social media in middle school

Jun 16, 2014
Preparing your child for social media in middle school

Middle school is a very important and challenging time where kids can feel enormous pressure to be validated by their peer community and then experience extreme insecurity as they begin leading digital lives which amplifies the emotion of adolescence. Parents can help their middle school student develop their own digital “playbook” wherein they have declared...

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Preparing for internet porn and sex in the social network

Jun 12, 2014
Preparing for internet porn and sex in the social network

Internet porn and sexting is about power and control in the realm of hearts and minds; it is about human exploitation which is glorified on and off line in popular culture and in cyber-powered peer communities. These are adult issues because they evoke primal emotion that can be challenging to tame at any age,...

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How to advocate for the education of the modern child: It’s personal

Jun 12, 2014
How to advocate for the education of the modern child: It’s personal

When my sons were in grade school, they each in their own way declared that their academic education was the teacher’s job, not mine. And just as my children were arguing for a sacred division of labor between parents and teachers, I explained with divine confidence that there could be no doubt that their...

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How your child can get into trouble with the law using social media and what to do about it

Jun 9, 2014
How your child can get into trouble with the law using social media and what to do about it

Cyber Safety for Kids and Families with Joanna and Jodie on 103.9FM The Fish Family Morning Show

Last Memorial Day weekend proved fateful for three teens at Whitney High who were arrested on suspicion of making annoying internet communications and criminal threats and then released on June 2.  According the Sacramento Bee report...

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Modern parenting: How to prepare your children to love and be loved in the in an age of social networking

May 26, 2014
Modern parenting: How to prepare your children to love and be loved in the in an age of social networking

This past weekend presented very disturbing news about a young man, Elliot Rodgers, who gunned down six people in Santa Barbara over the weekend. From the news reports, it is clear that this young man was hyper-focused on seeking validation from the social network - which can leave a person feeling isolated, abandoned and...

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When high school ‘drama’ becomes bullying, here’s what to do about it

Apr 7, 2014
When high school ‘drama’ becomes bullying, here’s what to do about it

I believe the modern child experiences a bully climate in ways we cannot perceive unless we experience it at their age. The drama we experienced as adolescents without cyber connectivity is amplified for the modern teen; and it can easily take on a life of its own in the form of personal attack that...

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The top 3 things parents can do to shield their child from cyberbullying

Mar 31, 2014
The top 3 things parents can do to shield their child from cyberbullying

Bullying is learned behavior. Children do as we do, and so I have learned that if our own personal strategy is to use intimidation and anger in response to bad customer service or in reaction to the things that family members do that are annoying or disruptive, we in turn are disturbing the...

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Worrying and caring: Why they are not the same thing

Mar 2, 2014
Worrying and caring: Why they are not the same thing

So let us be clear. Worrying is not the same thing as caring because it is the product of fear, not love. And worry is in my opinion the most toxic temptation of the modern parent given the truly perilous network culture that encompasses the modern childhood.

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Why the modern child and parent need mentors

Mar 2, 2014
Why the modern child and parent need mentors

Over the past decade I have come to appreciate that one of the most important things parents can do for the sake of our children and ourselves is to put aside shame. Let us consider the things that show up in dramatic, cyber-powered fashion that impart shame:

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The practical value of virtues for the modern child

Mar 2, 2014
The practical value of virtues for the modern child

More dramatic than the cultural revolution of the 1960’s and 1970’s, the advent of internet and mobile connectivity inspired a radical power crisis for the individual and for the family. In a world, flattened and boundary-less by cyber communications, the opportunity is ripe for the parent-child bond to be strengthened and deepened as...

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