bullying

Banana Moments
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.

Banana Moments
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,...

Banana Moments
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...

Banana Moments
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...

Banana Moments
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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