August 27, 2016

When seat belts were first introduced, auto makers did not want to install them into their cars, feeling that it would add an unnecessary expense to the cost of a car.  What does that have to do with cyberbullying in social media?

The conclusion that I draw is based on...

August 26, 2016

How many Facebook friends do you have?  How many “real” friends do you have?  What’s the ratio?  If the ratio is more than 2:1, I say that you have too many Facebook friends.  Really, it should be less than 1:1, since in a perfect world, you’d want to stay in touch wit...

August 26, 2016

The truth is that there is no silver bullet that will keep your kids safe from inappropriate or dangerous content online.  I wish that there was, because I’d make sure that everyone had it.  After reading that, you might conclude that the best option is to avoid online...

August 26, 2016

Over the years, I’ve had more retail sales jobs than I care to count.  At one of them, my manager, Rob, gave me some excellent advice on how to improve my sales.  I kept asking people, “Can I help you?” or “Can I help you find something?”  It was so easy for customers...

I have advocated in favor of Digital Citizenship education on this platform in the past. With all that I have seen this summer, I feel the need to make another plea for educators, our public schools and our institutions to invest in digital literacy for all. We are jus...

August 11, 2016

When trying to keep kids safe from the dangers of online activities, parents should take advantage of every tool/resource at their disposal.  Unfortunately, they often don’t take advantage of what may be their best resource – their older children.

Social media is only a...

August 8, 2016

Kik is popular with kids for several reasons.  I’ve been using it for several months now.  Mostly observing how people use the app and how they treat each other on it.  Here’s my conclusion: parents should not let their children use the app.  Here’s why:

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