January 19, 2018

Kik is one of the more popular apps used by tween and teenagers.  Primarily, Kik operates like a free-for-all bulletin board.  Postings are made publicly and scroll down the screen, similar to a Twitter stream.  A user’s profile picture is included with each post and u...

October 2, 2017

With now more than two billion users worldwide, Facebook is the undisputed king of social media, with almost as many users as the next two platforms combined.  Out of the top 10 social media apps, Messenger and Instagram are owned by Facebook, which contributes to thei...

July 14, 2017

If you’re reading this, then you are probably concerned with cyberbullying and other related topics, such as sexting.  You may have heard of Netflix’s new show, 13 Reasons Why, but have you watched it?  If not, you really should.  The show is a very realistic portrayal...

November 9, 2016

October was National Bullying Prevention Month.  That doesn’t mean that since it’s now November, that people can go back to being bullies.  Let’s keep the ideal going!

Today is a new beginning for all of us.  The U.S. elections are now over.  Never before have I se...

September 19, 2016

Is it ever okay to spy on your kids?  I expect that many people will react strongly to that question, one way or the other.  That was my intention.  I’ll start off by saying that I don’t believe it’s ever okay to “spy” on your children.  I do believe that it’s okay to...

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...

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...

June 10, 2016

If you are old enough to remember the G.I. Joe cartoons from the mid 80s, then you probably remember the public service announcements that were included in them.  The lesson taught in every one of them was that, “knowing is half the battle.”

Previously, I’d written two...

May 31, 2016

Pretty much everyone, including parents, use abbreviations when texting.  They save time and maybe even some money, depending on your texting plan.  For parents that look at what is being said in a text or in a chat room, the acronyms are easy to spot.  Some of them ar...

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