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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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Empower your child through cyber-safe thinking

Jul 6, 2015
Empower your child through cyber-safe thinking

My two cents

A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media, offers information on house rules and cyber rites of passage.

A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media, offers information on house rules and...

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How to recognize & deal with smart phone addiction in your home

Jun 30, 2015
How to recognize & deal with smart phone addiction in your home

So the big question remains: what role does cyber connectivity play in your family life? Does it promote deeper, more engaged conversations to build trustworthy relationships? Or does it isolate individuals in your home leaving children vulnerable to bullying and exploitation? Below are some signs that the cyber technology is managing you and disrupting...

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How to recognize digital addiction in yourself and then help your family

Jun 27, 2015
How to recognize digital addiction in yourself and then help your family

It is true that all innovations can be used for good, or not good. This goes for matches, the automobile, prescription drugs and smart devices. The question remains who is in charge? You or the device?

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Wise use of device tracking apps may require law enforcement

Jun 27, 2015
Wise use of device tracking apps may require law enforcement

A recent headline about a Canadian teen, 18 years old, who was killed when he used the tracking app to locate his device which he had left in a taxi, reminds us that knowledge and wisdom are not the same thing. Just because you know something, doesn't mean that you know enough to act...

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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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Two big reasons why parents need to limit their own screen time

Jun 22, 2015
Two big reasons why parents need to limit their own screen time

...Brain science tells us that screens are seductive and addictive; it is a consequence of how our brains are wired with the reward hormones stimulated by interactive devices. And parents are dealing with a lot of “time pressure.” We are task oriented creatures juggling schedules that seem to be running our lives and when...

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Tips to regulate screen time with summer fun activities

Jun 22, 2015
Tips to regulate screen time with summer fun activities

One of the most important things the modern parent can do for their children’s cyber security is to give them quality attention. But the temptation is to yield to screen time because there is immediate gratification; the baby hushes right away and the older children are occupied for long periods of time. And summer...

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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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