Two Million passwords to Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo accounts were recently stolen. The most common password was revealed to be “123456”. Really?? Having an easy-to-figure-out-password puts individuals at risk for having their personal information compromised and could lead to identity theft. In this digital age, it’s important to take security and privacy seriously in order to protect personal information on all of your accounts. This means having strong and different passwords on each account and putting your personal passwords in a safe location that only you can...Read More
Last evening we sat down to play a game of Apples to Apples for a bit of family time. (love this game!) We were all laughing and very engaged until my daughter picked up her smartphone and became glued to it. Finally, I asked her to put it away. She did, begrudgingly in a way that only teens can do. How do you get teens to part with their computer devices for family time or simply face to face time? There is no doubt that it’s hard to set boundaries with teens. And as a parent especially when you’re playing a game and trying to have fun, you can feel like the bad guy when you tell them,...Read More
Kids have Gone Mobile! What are some of the most popular T-Apps and TW-Apps for tweens and teens today?
Tweets, Pheeds, Snaps… There’s no doubt that it’s hard for a parent to keep up with which mobile T-App or Tw-App their tween or teen is using today on their smartphone! But in today’s rapidly changing digital world, it’s important for parents to be aware of the Apps kids are using, many of which have age restrictions, may expose a child to adult content and privacy risks. Parents are the 1st line of defense when it comes to Online Safety! Instagram: An online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that allows its users to take pictures and...Read More
Do You Know About the New Facebook Privacy Changes for Teens? Teens ages 13-17 will now be able to post publicly if they choose instead of having just “friends” or “friends of friends” see their posts. As we all know, we’re not just talking about kids ages 13-17. There are at least 7.5 Million kids under 13 years old on Facebook according to a 2011 survey; that number is probably much higher now. Facebook’s spin is that, “Teens are among the savviest people using social media, and whether it comes to civic engagement, activism, or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard. So,...Read More
There is no more compelling reason for parents to “Parent Online”, and to know how their child is behaving online, than Rebecca Sedwick, a young twelve year old girl who jumped to her death on September 10th. Rebecca was relentlessly cyberbullied by as many as fifteen girls for over a year. One horrific cyberbullying remark to Rebecca was, “drink bleach and die.” Rebecca changed schools, her Facebook account was deleted but the cyberbullying followed her. That is one of the hallmarks that separated traditional play ground bullying from cyberbullying; there is no escape and it can be...Read More
A little girl, only five years old who has a rare, genetic and ultimately fatal disease has become the target of cyberbullies. (Watch Video) What has happened to civilized behavior in this country? Where are the parents of these cyberbullies? Are they paying any attention to what their kids are doing and how they’re behaving online? The first responsibility to prevent cyberbullying lies with parents, not schools, not Facebook, not the government – Parents! Facebook can’t do it. They have no recourse because this little girl has a fan page and therefore is considered a public figure. She is...Read More