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Sexting & internet safety rank in top 10 list of child medical concerns

Sep 3, 2015
Sexting & internet safety rank in top 10 list of child medical concerns

A recent article by Medical Press released new survey data about the health concerns for youth, featuring sexting and internet safety at the top of the list along with childhood obesity. According to the report, the level of concern about internet safety and sexting ranks higher than youth smoking. The impact of cyber technology...

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Preparing your “tech-savvy” child to be a good friend and classmate

Aug 17, 2015
Preparing your “tech-savvy” child to be a good friend and classmate

Bullying is a top cyber safety concern for youth for two main reasons. First we do not have a history of socializing kids with the mobile devices which make it easy to be cruel in so many powerful and sinister ways. And secondly, my observation over the past decade is that we have lost...

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Making use of social media a privilege, not a right

Aug 16, 2015
Making use of social media a privilege, not a right

A recent San Jose Mercury article features one of the big questions for the modern parent: when is your child ready for social media? It is an important question because like learning to cross the street or drive a car, it is not a question of “if” but “when” your child will establish a...

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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...

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Why parents should not grant their children privacy on or off line

Jul 6, 2015
Why parents should not grant their children privacy on or off line

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

no parents allowedThe number one reason why parents should not grant privacy to their cyber-powered tweens and teens: Without parental guidance and wisdom in critical private moments, cyber-powered peer communities can become a single point...

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How it is possible to cyberbully your own child

Jul 6, 2015
How it is possible to cyberbully your own child

Over the past few months, more headlines have surfaced about parents publicly shaming their children by posting images on line about their wrong doing and discipline. What this indicates to me is a misunderstanding about what it means to discipline, which is to inspire others to learn by your own example, counsel and instruction.

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Give yourself & your child a break from cyber anxiety

Jun 23, 2015
Give yourself & your child  a break from cyber anxiety

You cannot give what you don’t have. Indeed it is easy to be seduced into seeking your emotional and spiritual fulfillment by measuring the response of the crowd. So how do parents prepare their children to be resilient and confident in their navigation of the social network?

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New texting app for middle school kids doesn’t require a data plan: An iPod will do

Jun 15, 2015
New texting app for middle school kids doesn’t require a data plan: An iPod will do

Texting apps are web-based and photo-centric and the barriers to access are very low as the innovation makes it easier for people to assemble and authenticate networks. And cyber connectivity is easy to keep it secret from parents. The challenge with texting apps is that it also lowers inhibition – leaving the door wide...

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Making youth wiser in the social network

May 26, 2015
Making youth wiser in the social network

In this hyper-connected world, our aim must be to create a home environment that corrects error or poor choices with compassion and respect for all individuals involved. Parents often confuse correcting their child, with judging them – which is fear expressing condemnation. How does your family culture value the individual? Is it safe to...

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Is your family wiser? Connecting cyber safety to groupthink

May 25, 2015
Is your family wiser? Connecting cyber safety to groupthink

What distinguishes us and our children from murderers, criminals, addicts, pedophiles, bullies, sexual objects, and victims? Honestly, I have come to appreciate that it is our opinion informed by our own chosen faith which is an intensely personal perception of our spiritual identity. What you choose to believe about your core identity influences your...

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