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How to know if your child is being bullied: A teen’s advice to parents

Oct 13, 2014
How to know if your child is being bullied: A teen’s advice to parents

Fifteen-year-old Julia Shohbozian of Rocklin has overcome the bully climate at her high school by making her world bigger than the small-minded clicks creating a very hostile social climate on campus. For her junior year in high school, she opted to enroll in independent study and has started taking classes at Sierra College and...

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Communicating the practical value of virtues to the cyber-powered kid

Oct 13, 2014
Communicating the practical value of virtues to the cyber-powered kid

It helps to be clear that the conversation with your child is not about you; it is about the child learning how to take command over their own life and you are the primary teacher. You may draw upon your own experience, but do not allow the conversation to digress into your adolescence and...

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Tools to prevent cyberbullying for kids and parents

Sep 29, 2014
Tools to prevent cyberbullying for kids and parents

There are cyber device settings and apps that parents and kids can deploy as a part of your anti-bully strategy. The aim is to create boundaries in the cyber tools and in your child’s own hearts and minds embrace the correct thinking and actions in confronting a bully mentality. The most important thing parents...

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The role of parents in confronting the bully at school

Sep 22, 2014
The role of parents in confronting the bully at school

Back to school is a time of excitement as well as insecurity and uncertainty. And in the cyber social realm, where it is easy to be mean, the cyberbully phenomenon surfaces as a topic of concern and conversation. While bullying is not new, the level of hostility and persistent invasiveness that mobile connectivity inspires...

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Explaining the value of patience in a tap and click world

Aug 18, 2014
Explaining the value of patience in a tap and click world

The tap and click tablet, internet-enabled world conditions us for instant gratification. How many of us become impatient when an application takes too long to process a command? Yep. Thirty seconds can feel like an eternity. In the cyber social realm impulsivity, a lack of patience, can lead to aggressiveness and a bully climate...

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Overcoming cyber-powered gossip and bullying with humility

Aug 11, 2014
Overcoming cyber-powered gossip and bullying with humility

...humility is choosing to assert control over the “smarty pants” self, and stand your ground about where you believe your power comes from in the first place. It is the “What Would Jesus Do” model. When you are feeling uneasy or threatened, it is better to pray about it and trust God with the...

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Why discerning what it means to forgive and excuse matters for cyber safety

Aug 4, 2014
Why discerning what it means to forgive and excuse matters for cyber safety

Over the past few weeks Jodie and I have talked about bringing clarity to key concepts that help us and our children maintain open communication rooted in truth: private and secret, brave and risky, and trust and faith. Today we are talking about clarifying what it means to forgive and excuse so as to...

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Teaching children to be content with the consequences of their own choices

Jul 31, 2014
Teaching children to be content with the consequences of their own choices

Living with the consequences of our choices can be a challenge in the modern world especially for our children whose cyber-powered experiences can convince them they have no real choices.

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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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