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Teach your child to make smart internet browser choices

Aug 3, 2015
Teach your child to make smart internet browser choices

In this Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner article, I offer some considerations to share with your children about choosing a browser that is going to be more supportive in helping you streamline your on-line experiences with minimal advertising intrusion as possible. The commercial internet giants like Google and Microsoft have commercial incentives. Read more...

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Talking points about sexual exploitation in the social network

Aug 3, 2015
Talking points about sexual exploitation in the social network

My two cents

sex-love-male-femaleA recent Washington Post article featured a disturbing trend that young girls, tweens and teens, are experiencing and witnessing sexual exploitation, harassment and sexual assault in the internet celebrity culture. Social media celebrities on Vine and YouTube, for example, are amassing large followings – some of them over...

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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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How to synch up with your child’s on-line experiences

Jul 27, 2015
How to synch up with your child’s on-line experiences

Modern youth are relying upon multiple channels of cyber communication to stay connected socially. Their preferred apps range from Instagram and Facebook to instant messaging/texting media sites like Twitter, Kik and SnapChat – none of which require an account with an ISP to sign up for services. It is possible to establish accounts...

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De-escalating anxiety about transitions to middle school, high school & college

Jul 23, 2015
De-escalating anxiety about transitions to middle school, high school & college

My two cents

How to love_Fresh StartOne of the most difficult things for the modern parent to accept is that our minor children are actually responsible for their own thoughts and actions, and the sooner we help them realize this the better.  Learning how to be self-governing, requires holding youth...

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Network cultural competency tips for the cyber parent

Jul 20, 2015
Network cultural competency tips for the cyber parent

Culture is the software of the heart and mind; it is the composite of beliefs, values, and customs that create a unified sense of identity for a group. In the cyber social realm, our children are navigating many cultures in their peer communities and other media streams including pop culture. This is how...

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Tips to educate kids about your faith in a hyper-connected world

Jul 20, 2015
Tips to educate kids about your faith in a hyper-connected world

The biggest challenge for parenting today is that the technology can become a huge distraction, and the children are at risk of having their cyber-powered peer communities becoming a single point of reference for life. Nevertheless parents are the primary teachers for life, and formation of faith is first learned at home. So...

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Reddit’s internet rules to live by at home too

Jul 19, 2015
Reddit’s internet rules to live by at home too

Last week I came across a feature about Reddit’s co-founder, Steve Huffman, returning to the social media news site to clean up the content. The interim CEO was quoted as saying that the “trolls were winning”, and much of the content was becoming vulgar and hostile and interaction was degrading – making the environment...

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Talking about prosperity and money in the social network

Jul 13, 2015
Talking about prosperity and money in the social network

But the question for me remains: will purchase decisions be purpose-driven or will retailer and peer influence reign? Cyber-powered peer communities can easily convince us and our children of things that are not true and focus on things that don’t matter. And so when it comes to subjects involving consumer power (i.e., how much...

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Parent training on youth transitions: Middle school, high school & college

Jul 13, 2015
Parent training on youth transitions: Middle school, high school & college

Event Title: Preparing youth for transitions: middle school, high school, and college Dates: Tues., August 4, 6:30 pm—8pm and encore Wed August 5, 10am to 11:30am

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