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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?

Banana Moments
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...

Banana Moments
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...

Banana Moments
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...

Banana Moments
Grace-filled parenting in the chaos of the social network

May 24, 2015
Grace-filled parenting in the chaos of the social network

We live in a world responding to laws and devices and yet they do not possess nor extend grace which comes from the heart. Grace is what makes it possible for us to learn how to love and be loved; to nurture the soul. This kind of communication is sacred and cannot be faked....

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Talking points for using anonymous apps to confront evil

May 11, 2015
Talking points for using anonymous apps to confront evil

Anonymous apps like Yik Yak and Ask.fm are very popular and also attract people who are seeking opportunities to be vicious and cruel. Young hearts and minds engaging in these “communities” without full understanding of the best and the worst of human nature are putting their mental and emotional health at risk. The bullying...

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Dealing with middle school hostility on and off-line

Apr 27, 2015
Dealing with middle school hostility on and off-line

The cyber technology shields people from the emotional reaction to cruel statements, and inspires people to lose inhibitions with illusions of anonymity, believing they will never be accountable for the hurtful things that are expressed. Without a disciplined mind, which I understand to be socialization that involves regarding others as important as self; without...

Banana Moments
How to help your child accept social media age-restrictions

Feb 16, 2015
How to help your child accept social media age-restrictions

Your primary objective is to help your child understand certain limits are to protect them from things that are inappropriate, and prepare them to be responsible users of the technology in the future. So when your child expresses a desire to establish a social media account in order to join their peers, the answer...

Banana Moments
How to help your child accept social media age-restrictions

Feb 16, 2015
How to help your child accept social media age-restrictions

Your primary objective is to help your child understand certain limits are to protect them from things that are inappropriate, and prepare them to be responsible users of the technology in the future. So when your child expresses a desire to establish a social media account in order to join their peers, the answer...

Banana Moments
Spiritual resilience in a hyper-connected world

Feb 16, 2015
Spiritual resilience in a hyper-connected world

A seminal U.S. history learning moment for me happened in the third grade and continues to echo in my mind. It is the battle cry for American liberty attributed to John Paul Jones: “Give me liberty or give me death!” And I can remember thinking “what kind of liberty would warrant dying for it?”...

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